Banish those blues with some southern comedy

OUR slapstick neighbours from south of the border (and actually north of the equator this time too) arrived in Taree yesterday (Thursday) for two magnificent nights of comedy designed to banish your blues and tickle your funny bones.

The Melbourne International Roadshow brings five acts of high grade hilarity to the Manning Entertainment Centre and you still have a chance to catch tonight's show at 8pm.

This year's lineup is a humdinger.

Your affable host is Harley Breen, described by critics as "a younger Billy Connolly", and winner of the prestigious "Piece of Wood" award at the 2011 Melbourne Comedy Festival. Also voted "Spleen Comic of the Year", Harley Breen slayed audiences this year with his show "The Secret of Being Awesome".

Harley will be MC with four other awesome comedic talents including the wondrously funny UK based Tiff Stevenson.

Tiff has been carving it up at the Edinburgh and Glastonbury Festivals over the years, and her list of British television/ radio and stage shows are too numerous to name here.

Suffice to say she's appeared alongside Ricky Gervais in smash TV hit "The Office" and shared the screen with Stephen Fry in "Absolute Power".

UK audiences clamour to see her and she's gracing the Manning Valley for two glorious nights, so don't miss her.

Since winning "Best Newcomer" at the 2012 Sydney Comedy Festival, Rhy Nicholson has blazed a trail to join comedy royalty like Kathy Griffin and Louis CK, supporting both these laugh stars on their Australian tours.

His sardonic wit and wry humour have made him a firm favourite on the festival circuit, with the Herald Sun giving his shows a four star rating, describing them as "brilliant, confronting, confessional humour".

Also on the bill is the supremely talented Neel Kolhatkar who first shot to prominence by winning the "Class Clowns" award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2009.

Neel then broke the records with hs viral video "Australia in 2 Minutes" on Youtube which collected over a million hits in it's first three days following posting. His impressions are brilliant, and he's loved by audiences and fellow comedians alike.

Ernie Skin and Dave Elbow combine to become the irrepressible "Elbow Skin", the fifth of our jesting acts on the line-up.

These pranksters blend creativity and intelligence with stunning two-part harmonies, in what Beat Magazine described as "Great fall-off-your-seat laughing fun."

They've headlined with comedy greats like Stephen K Amos and Dave Hughes, and they're storming Taree with a song in their hearts and plenty of smarts.

Join us for a couple of the funniest nights you'll have this year when the zany crew from the Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow at the Manning Entertainment Centre tonight.

Bring some mates and cash in on the amazing discounts for groups of eight or more (20 per cent off adult price!) Now that's something to smile about.