Humour has no borders for South American comic
COMEDIAN Ivan Aristeguieta doesn't know much about Gladstone.
The 35-year-old Venezuelan is road tripping to Gladstone for the 2015 Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow on Mother's Day.
"I am like Jon Snow, I know nothing," he laughed.
"I am being completely honest because we are travelling to so many places in the next few weeks."
Ivan's best guess was that Gladstone was "a stone that is very happy to see everyone".
He may not have full knowledge of the towns he visits, but he doesn't lack life experience.
Ivan was born in Venezuela and moved to Australia for a better lifestyle.
"I am from a tropical country in South America where there is lots of salsa dancing, food, coriander and mango trees," he said.
"But the political side of it makes it not a good place to live. There is no freedom of speech and there is lots of crime.
"I moved to Adelaide and have been here for three years."
The first show was in Ipswich on Tuesday and Ivan was impressed by the climate.
"I love the weather in Queensland," he said. "It feels like home because it's very hot."
Before moving to Australia, Ivan was a stand-up comedian for eight years, starting when he was 23.
It was a totally different comedy scene to Australia's.
"Australia has comedy clubs every night and festivals each week," Ivan said.
"Comedy wasn't a thing to go to in Venezuela. One person started this thing where we did an open mic.
"My friend knew him and said 'Let's do this'. We didn't want to do jokes.
"We wanted to do stand-up comedy. It's all about explaining things in a fun way."
In 2012 Ivan did his first comedy gig in English.
He said comedy was the same all over the world, no matter what language you speak.
"I know what makes people laugh," Ivan said.
"I don't believe there is a different sense of humour around world.
"Laughter is a release of tension and it's about universal subjects like family and relationships and dogs."
Unlike some comedians who base their content on the city or country they are visiting, Ivan likes to keep it broad.
"I don't want to be that person who talks about Vegemite being disgusting.
"I want to be a person who lives here and has lots of Aussie friends but is still a foreigner."
Ivan said he loves many parts about being a comedian.
"The selfish part is that I enjoy talking about stuff I write myself," he said.
"The selfless part is when you see people release their tension at the show.
"For one or two hours people can leave their issues, mobile phones and disconnect everything and have a laugh."
The Comedy Roadshow's line-up includes Ivan, Kevin Kropinyeri, Anne Edmonds, Deanne Smith and Josh Earl.
Fifteen years since it began, the Roadshow is still growing.
It takes the best home-grown and international discoveries from the Melbourne Comedy Festival to more than 75 destinations across Australia.
The Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre will host the event on May 10 from 7.30pm.
Tickets are $50 for adults, $35 for students and $40 for pensioners.
The show is recommended for people over the age of 15.
Head to the GECC website to buy a ticket.