Ivan Aristeguieta regales the highs and lows of an immigrant’s life in new show, ‘Matador’
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Ivan Aristeguieta regales the highs and lows of an immigrant’s life in new show, ‘Matador’

The idea for the show was born when… I was checking out my post-divorce moving boxes and I found a photo of me dressed up as a Matador when I was three years old. I thought how much I’ve changed since then; from a Venezuelan-Spanish kid who wanted to be a Matador to a divorced progressive-ish immigrant comedian living in Australia with a vegetarian girlfriend.

What does your show teach the audience? From chats with my audience after my show, I take that immigrants learn more about Australians and vice versa. It looks like I’m a sort of cultural mediator.

What inspires you about Melbourne International Comedy Festival? This is my sixth year doing this festival and the excitement is as fresh as the first. I can’t believe that I made it to be part of one of the most prestigious comedy festivals in the world doing comedy in a second language.

How have the events in your life turned into material? My shows are a one-hour synopsis of the major events in my life and most important things I have reflected on the last 12 months. My job is to tell these stories and explain my reflections in a funny way.

Who are you looking forward to seeing this year at the festival? I always try to watch as many acts as possible. I’m a stand up comedian, comedy nerd and comedy fan. The list is long. To mention a few: Damien Power, Nath Valvo, Kyle Kinane, Phil Wang, Celia Pacquola, and Demi Lardner.