Performances for the much-awaited ‘Σταν Απ Κόμεντι ιν Γκρίκ’ show are taking place during the final three days of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, albeit with an updated format, while an extra show has been added due to demand.

As initially planned, the show was set to feature acclaimed Greek duo Lambros Fisfis and Michalis Mathioudakis. However, due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Mathioudakis will not be able to venture Down Under.

The whole one-hour show will now be performed by Fisfis, who promises to make you laugh out loud about all things distinctly Greek.

From Greek island accommodation rooms “that in no way match the description”, to the fact that every family had an uncle who “sneezes like a hand grenade going off” and of course “the ultra protective Greek mother”, the comedian promises not to let any of our cultural peculiarities fall through the cracks, while his mixed heritage from Chios and Kalamata guarantees he will capture humour from across Greece.

News of the upcoming gig has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response, reflected in ticket sales with Friday night’s show sold out. As a result, organisers have added a second session for the Sunday performance. After all, it’s the first time a 100 per cent Greek-language stand up show has made the MICF bill, with performances being family friendly and … self-sarcasm infused!

As Fisfis said during his recent interview with Neos Kosmos, the show is suitable “for anyone who wants to have a laugh. No further restrictions apply. Except, well, that one has to speak Greek. Not perfect really, so and so will do. Our Greek is not great either”.

Lambros Fisfis performs ‘Σταντ Απ Κόμεντι ιν Γκρίκ’ on 19, 20 and 21 April at the Greek Centre (168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC). For tickets visit