Hola, I am Ivan Aristeguieta, the ‘Maracas from Caracas’, a Venezuelan-born
comedian, or as what Aussies call me – ‘Mexican’. I get it, we all sound the
For 10 years now, I’ve lived in Australia - living amongst you, observing
you, learning about you, and now I make a very good living taking the piss out
of you. I am a true blue, dinky di Venez-stralian. Nah, she’ll be right! (Who
is she by the way?)
I left Venezuelan after I was carjacked at gunpoint (true story!). Thank you
for giving me a citizenship, Australia!
My TV Comedy credits:
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Galas (2016,
2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022)
Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival (2017).
ABC iView Sitcom, Lost in Pronunciation, a fictionalised
account of my immigration experience to Australia.
I have also been a guest panellist in numerous TV shows: Have you Been Paying Attention, The Project, The
Weekly, Celebrity Name Game, Hughesy We Have a Problem and The Living Room.
Awards and Nominations:
Best Newcomer Sydney Comedy Festival 2016
Most Outstanding Show Nominee Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Chorizo Sizzle - ABC (2016)
The Fourth Floor - Independent Production (2019)
Happy Papi - Paramount Plus (2022)
I am also a trained cook, food technologist and brewer. I’m a loud and proud
food nerd. When I’m not performing, I’m probably making my own chorizo at home,
or experimenting switching Vegemite for Miso paste. Don’t tell anybody this,
but I was making bread at home before Covid. During the pandemic I hosted “About
This Much – Live” an online ‘follow-along’ cooking party, where I
bring my kitchen to yours, via Zoom.