Ben Darsow is one of Australia’s hardest working stand-up comedians, Ben had a breakout year last year, selling out in the Sydney Comedy Festival, headlining Perth’s ‘Rottofest’ Comedy Festival, and being approached to co-host Mix 102.3’s breakfast show for 2014, an offer he was humbled by but ultimately declined in favour of continuing to tour and broaden his stand-up comedy horizons. This included a stint in America and Canada in 2014.
Ben Darsow is a Naracoorte favourite and on Saturday December 20 he returns to the William Macintosh Motor Lodge for a Christmas special in which he will debut his brand new solo show, based on his experiences performing in Los Angeles, Vancouver and New York throughout 2014.
“super-funny” – Jason Rowland, GM Vancouver Comedy Mix
After having a successful comedy and radio announcer career in his home country Venezuela, Ivan Aristeguieta and lovely wife made an important life changing decision and migrated to Australia in January 2012.
Ivan took the great challenge of doing comedy in a second language and aimed for Australian laughter.
With only a few months doing comedy in English Ivan was hand picked by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to participate in “The Comedy Zone” on 2013, the show that features the best five up and coming comedians of Australia. A year after his debut in English Ivan was awarded with the “Dave Grant Comedy Grant”, a special grant for comedians doing their first solo show at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Ivan presented his first solo show in English named “Lost in Pronunciation” with sold out shows at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival and generated great media reviews:
“★★★★…once you understand he was also a stand-up comic back home in Venezuela, you can truly appreciate his talent for keeping the funnies rolling in whatever language he chooses… Brilliant show.” Herald Sun
“Give this man citizenship – as he’s sure to have more to contribute to the Australian comedy scene.” Steve Bennett, Chortle UK
“…he has a masterful grip on not only the two languages, but also his comedy and his audience” Heckler Magazine
“No matter who we are or what our background is, Aristeguieta is guaranteed to make us laugh with ear-splittingly hilarious jokes about the deeper truth of what it means to be Australian.” Spanish Australia Magazine
Ivan’s comedy is insightful, witty and creative. His personality is fresh and friendly and has already captivated comedy club audiences and corporate audiences around the country.