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Melbourne Comedy Fest – Kel Balnaves – Don't Shirk The Issue


Wed 5 Apr 2017, 9:45pm–10:45pm
Thu 6 Apr 2017, 9:45pm–10:45pm
Fri 7 Apr 2017, 9:45pm–10:45pm
Sat 8 Apr 2017, 9:45pm–10:45pm
Sun 9 Apr 2017, 9:45pm–10:45pm

Where: The Forum, 154 Flinders St, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: 15+

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $20.00
  • Concession: $18.00
  • Group 4+: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: kel3rqw

Adelaide Comedian Of The Year 2016
Nominated for Best Comedy - Perth Fringe World 2015 and 2016

“Had the audience continually laughing” – The Adelaide Advertiser

Adelaide Comedian of The Year (2016), Kel Balnaves returns to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival bringing his acclaimed show Don’t Shirk the Issue. A natural story teller, Kel brings to life his former footy coach, a man who once used the phrase “don’t shirk the issue” around 30 times in a pre-game address. No one batted an eye lid – except Kel, who walked away wondering; what actually IS the issue and what the hell does shirk mean?

Don’t Shirk the Issue takes audiences on a journey to discover what the issue – or issues – are that we simply shouldn’t shirk, both on and off the footy field. There’s no time for petty complaints, only big issues - such as environmentally friendly shopping bags, parking inspectors and sausage sizzle decorum. Put simply, Don’t Shirk the Issue is a fun and relatable show about all the everyday things that piss us off, all in an attempt to find the issue so that together, we do not shirk it.

Beginning his comedy career in 2006, Kel has developed into a skilled MC and headline performer. He is an engaging raconteur who audiences easily relate to, with delivery that is dry and laconic. Kel has toured the country supporting acts such as Fiona O’Loughlin, Lawrence Mooney, Dave Hughes and Tom Gleeson. 

“Genuinely very funny.” - The Guardian (UK)

“There were roars of laughter.” - Weekend Notes