Marina Franklin to Headline Melbourne Comedy Festival!


One of our favorites at the Comic Strip Live!, Marina Franklin is prepping to take the long flight to Australia to perform in the prestigious Melbourne Comedy Festival. Australia’s Largest Cultural Event, in its 25th year the Melbourne Festival is regarded by comedians and fans of comedy alike as THE premier international festival.

A Chicago native making her debut at the Melbourne Festival, Marina will be performing as part of the Headliners series between April 12th and the 24th.


Last Comic Standing veteran Marina Franklin went from performing in a Polish restaurant in Chicago to being recruited as New York correspondent for The Jay Leno show. Her credits include VH1’s Black to the Future, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and Showtime at the Apollo.

“My sister got the African name. Her name is Nailah. It means ‘One who succeeds’. My name is Marina. It means a place where you dock boats.” Marina Franklin

– “Really funny…a really fresh eye.” – Jay Leno

– “Franklin has a voice that is self-reflective and honest. Her act is her personality, and it’s a funny and
endearing one
”. – Time Out New York


To find out when you can catch Marina live, check out our online schedule.

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