Category:Australian stand-up comedians
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1. Australian comedy – Australian comedy refers to the comedy and humour performed in or about Australia or by the people of Australia. Australian humour can be traced to origins, and today is manifested in a diversity of cultural practices. J. Dennis to satirist Barry Humphries and iconic film maker Paul Hogan, acclaimed Australian comic character actors have included John Meillon, Leo McKern, Ruth Cracknell, Geoffrey Rush and Toni Collette. Cynical political satire like that of The Chaser and social and cultural commentary provided by broadcasters like Clive James, multiculturalism has also contributed to a diversity in Australian comedy, from the work of migrant comedians like Mary Coustas and Anh Do to Aboriginal performers like Ernie Dingo. Australian stand up comedy has a following and the Melbourne Comedy Festival is a major international comedy event. Australian humour was influenced by the origins of European Australian history. It is today expressed in Australian slang as well as throughout Australian film, literature, actor Ernie Dingo is perhaps the best known Aboriginal Australian comedic performing artist. In recent years, comedy duo Hamish & Andy have dominated radio ratings with cross-medium programming showcasing larrikin ideals and spirited curiosity. Influential in the establishment of stoic, dry wit as a characteristic of Australian humour were the bush balladeers of the 19th century, including Henry Lawson and his contemporary Banjo Paterson contributed such classic comic poems as Mulga Bills Bicycle, The Geebung Polo Club and A Bush Christening. Early novelist Joseph Furphy wrote in the Australian vernacular and the poet C. J, the Dad and Dave series about a pioneer farming family was an enduring hit of the early 20th century. Australias ANZAC troops of World War I were said to display a streak of irreverence in their relations with superior officers. Books like Norman Lindsays The Magic Pudding use humorous anthropomorphism to transform the animals of the Australian bush into a work of Australian childrens literature. Vaudeville stars like Roy Rene Mo toured with the Tivoli Circuit prior to the arrival of radio, the arrival of television in 1956 assisted in the demise of the large vaudeville theatres and a switch to small venue comedy revues – notably the Melbourne University Revues. Edna made her first appearance in a Melbourne Universitys UTRC revue at the end of 1955, Humphries says his creations encourage people to look at Australia critically and with affection and humour. Humphries first performed the Edna character to a London audience in 1969 and after initial bewilderment, Humphries honed the character to satirise vices from snobbery to celebrity-worship and later succeeded in the United States. No discussion of Australian humour would be complete without reference to Lennie Lowers iconic novel Heres Luck and his narrator, Jack Gudgeon, gives forth with his homespun philosophy as he takes his reader on a non-stop pub crawl around Sydney with the occasional riot thrown in. Whether travelling by taxi or on motor bike pursued either by thugs, impersonators of the famous with wide followings have included Gerry Connolly, Max Gillies and Billy Birmingham. The flamboyant Bob Downe character is a cheesy, safari-suit-wearing lounge singer, elliot Goblet delivers quirky deadpan stand up
2. Stand-up comedy – Stand-up comedy is a comic style in which a comedian performs in front of a live audience, usually speaking directly to them. The performer is known as a comic, stand-up comic, stand-up comedian. In stand-up comedy, the comedian usually recites a grouping of humorous stories, jokes and one-liners typically called a monologue, routine, some stand-up comedians use props, music, or magic tricks to enhance their acts. Stand-up comedy is often performed in clubs, bars and pubs, nightclubs. Outside of live performance, stand-up is often distributed commercially via television, DVD, CD, in stand-up comedy, the feedback of the audience is instant and crucial for the comedians act. Audiences expect a stand-up comic to provide a stream of laughs. Will Ferrell has called stand-up comedy hard, lonely and vicious, a stand-up comedy show may involve only one comedian, or feature a headline or a showcase format. This is followed by one or two middle or featured acts, who perform 15- to 20-minute sets, followed by a headliner who performs for longer, a showcase format may still feature an MC. Bringer shows are another opportunity for amateur performers, the performer must bring a specified number of paying guests in order to get stage time. The guests usually have to pay a charge and there is often a minimum number of drinks that must be ordered. These shows usually have a showcase format and this type of show gives comedians better exposure than open mics because there is usually better audience turnout and industry professionals sometimes go to watch. Different comedy clubs have different requirements for their bringer shows, gotham Comedy Club in New York City, for example, usually has ten-person bringers, while Broadway Comedy Club in New York City usually has six-person bringers. As the name implies, stand-up comedians usually perform their material while standing, stand-up comedy has its origin in classic Parrhesia in 400 BC used for cynics and epicureans in order to tell the reality without censorship. Stand-up comedy in the United Kingdom began in the halls of the 18th and 19th centuries. The heavy censorship regime of the Lord Chamberlains Office required all comedians to submit their acts for censorship, the act would be returned with unacceptable sections underlined in blue pencil. The comedian was then obliged not to deviate from the act in its edited form, the rise of the post-war comedians coincided with the rise of television and radio, and the traditional music hall circuit suffered greatly as a result. By the 1970s, music hall entertainment was virtually dead, alternative circuits had evolved, such as working mens clubs. The alternative comedy scene began to evolve
3. Eric Bana – Eric Banadinović, known professionally as Eric Bana, is an Australian actor and comedian. He began his career in the comedy series Full Frontal before gaining critical recognition in the biographical crime film Chopper. Bana also played Henry De Tamble in The Time Travelers Wife, in 2013, he played Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen in the war film Lone Survivor and in the year he played police sergeant Ralph Sarchie in the horror film Deliver Us from Evil. An accomplished dramatic actor and comedian, he received Australias highest film and television awards for his performances in Chopper, Full Frontal and Romulus, My Father. Bana has performed across a spectrum of leading roles in a variety of low-budget and major studio films, ranging from romantic comedies. Bana was born in Melbourne, Victoria and his father, Ivan, was Croatian and worked as a logistics manager for Caterpillar, Inc. and his mother, Eleanor, was a hairdresser, originally from near Mannheim in Germany. He has one brother, Anthony. Bana grew up in Melbournes Tullamarine, an area on the northern edge of the city, near Melbournes international airport. In a cover story for the Mail on Sunday, he told author Antonella Gambotto-Burke that his family had suffered from racist taunts, wog is such a terrible word, he said. He has stated, I have always been proud of my origin, I have always been in the company of people of European origin. Showing acting skill early in life, Bana began doing impressions of family members at the age of six or seven, first mimicking his grandfathers walk, voice, in school, he mimicked his teachers as a means to get out of trouble. As a teen, he watched the Mel Gibson film Mad Max, however, he did not seriously consider a career in the performing arts until 1991 when he was persuaded to try comedy while working as a barman at Melbournes Castle Hotel. His stand-up gigs in inner-city pubs did not provide him enough income to support himself, however, so he continued his work as a barman. In 1993, Bana made his debut on Steve Vizards late night talk show. His performance gained the attention of producers from the comedy series, Full Frontal. During his four years on the show, Bana wrote much of his own material and his impressions of Columbo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Tom Cruise made Bana popular with the shows audience. This success led him to record the comedy album Out of Bounds in 1994 and to host his own special, titled Eric
4. Anh Do – Anh Do is a Vietnamese-born Australian author, actor, comedian, and artist. He has appeared on many Australian TV shows such as Thank God Youre Here and Good News Week and he studied a combined Business Law degree at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is the brother of film director Khoa Do and has acted in several of Khoas films, including Footy Legends, in 2012, his TV show Anh Does Vietnam began airing. He was a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize, Anh Do and his family fled to Australia as refugees in 1980. In his 2010 autobiography, The Happiest Refugee, Do tells of how his family survived five days in a fishing boat nine. During the trip his family and the rest of the passengers were attacked by two different bands of pirates. The first group stole one out of the two engines and the group of pirates stole the second engine, which had been broken. The boat was packed with 40 Vietnamese refugees fleeing across the Indian Ocean and we were crammed in like sardines, he said. Anh Do attended St Aloysius College in Milsons Point for his secondary education, when he was 14 he started a small business breeding tropical fish. While studying his first year of law at the University of Technology, Sydney, he owned a stall which sold American-Indian artefacts, six months before finishing his combined Business Law degree, law firms offered him jobs which required 60 hours of work a week. He opted to take up stand-up comedy instead, since 2013 Do has cut back on comedy to focus on painting full-time again and was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2014. In 2016, Do hosted Anh’s Brush with Fame, Anh Do is married to Suzanne and they have three sons and a daughter. His mother, Hien, played the role of Van Nguyens mother, Kim, in Better Man, a film which was produced by Khoa Do
5. Greg Fleet – Gregory Greg Fleet is an Australian comedian and actor. Fleet was born in Michigan, in the United States and his father moved the family to Australia when Greg was four. He grew up in Geelong, and as a teenager boarded at Geelong Grammar School, Fleet briefly attended Australias National Institute of Dramatic Art, but was kicked out after a year for poor performance. Fleet began his career in the early 1980s with several performances in Australian television series and telemovies. He starred in Matthew and Son alongside Nicole Kidman in 1984, Fleet went on to star as Lt Scott Harris in the Australian mini-series A Thousand Skies. In 1988, after a guest appearance in The Flying Doctors and his most dramatic sequence in this program involved killing the popular character of Daphne in a car accident. Fleet then appeared in the popular Australian sketch show Full Frontal, since then, Fleet has been a regular stand-up comedian around Australia, and has appeared on many TV and radio comedy programs, including The Comedy Channels Stand Up Australia. During 2006 and 2007 Fleet was often heard on Triple Ms Get This radio program as a frequent guest co-host alongside Tony Martin, Ed Kavalee, on occasions he filled in as a last-minute replacement guest as he only lived a short distance away from the Triple M studio. In 2011 Fleet commissioned a DVD containing segments of some of his best known performances, the DVD is sold as Bootlegs and Jumperpants and has been sold for $20 Australian dollars. Fleet has alluded to the funds from this DVD going towards financing his filming of his classic 1995 show Thai Die and this was to be filmed on 7 November 2011 at The Comics Lounge in Melbourne. In 2015, Fleet starred in the Australian cult-classic underground zombie comedy film Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse, alongside fellow Australian comedians Jim Jefferies, the film is now out on DVD and available to watch on Vimeo in Australia and New Zealand. Fleet released a memoir titled These Things Happen on August 252015, when Fleet was ten his father faked his own death, only to reappear later in his life. His father changed name, married, and fathered another child during this absence, Fleet expanded upon these experiences in his live show I Wish You Were Dead. In 2015 Fleet also revealed a six-month long addiction with methamphetamine in 2005, in 2007 Fleet went into drug rehab, and returned for the 2 April 2007 episode of Get This. Although Fleet had claimed to be drug-free, in an interview in April 2011 he admitted that he was stoned during that performance, Fleet is a passionate long-distance supporter of the Hibernian Football Club. Official Greg Fleet site Greg Fleet at the Internet Movie Database Greg Fleet Bio - Token Artists Greek Fleet comes clean - ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler
6. Peter Helliar – Peter Nice Gary Helliar is an Australian-born comedian, actor, radio & television presenter, writer, producer, professional AFL player and director. From January 2014, he is one of two hosts of The Project on Network Ten with Carrie Bickmore, replacing previous presenter Dave Hughes. Previously he was best known for his work on television as Rove McManus sidekick on The Loft Live from 1997 to 1998 and he also appeared in Before the Game as alter ego Bryan Strauchan. Helliar initially worked the Melbourne comedy circuit in the mid nineties, performing in various venues and he has performed in numerous television commercials, most notably for Fernwood Fitness. He appeared as a live on-screen guest as well as scripting and recording skits for live playback, Helliar rose to national attention in 1999, when he became a regular to Rove McManus on Rove, which aired on the Nine Network. In 2000, the show moved networks to Channel Ten, where Helliar, Helliar also wrote for the show. In 2003 and 2004, Helliar was part of an ensemble cast in the sketch program, skitHOUSE. In 2010, Helliar joined the Seven Network to appear on their new family friendly football show, The Bounce, alongside Leigh Matthews, the series was cancelled after just a few weeks. On 18 May 2010 Helliar was guest co-host on The Morning Show, alongside Kylie Gillies, in the summer of 2010 and 2011, he hosted the quiz show The Trophy Room that aired on ABC1. In 2013, Helliar created, wrote, co-produced and co-directed his own eight episode comedy series titled and it was a strong performer, being renewed for a second season, set to air in 2014. The show won the Best Scripted Format Award in the International Format Awards at MIPCOM2013 in Cannes, on 7 December 2013, Helliar was appointed as one of the co-hosts of The Project from 2014, replacing Dave Hughes, who had resigned to concentrate on stand-up comedy. Between 1998 and 2000 he was a regular guest on the ABCs national youth network Triple J, in 2004 the program moved to Friday mornings, allowing live phone callers, and was re-titled Rove Live Radio. It was discontinued at the end of 2004, in 2004, Helliar was signed to do the breakfast shift on Austereos Sydney station 2Day FM with Judith Lucy and Kaz Cooke. The program was discontinued after its first year, still signed to Austereo, Helliar also appeared on the Melbourne based The Arvo, a daily program broadcast out of Fox FM between 4 pm and 6 pm and networked to other capital cities. It was discontinued in June 2005 and he also has done his own show called Petes Show which aired on 10 am –12 pm on Fridays across the Today Network. Helliar filled in for Merrick and Rosso, along with Rove McManus, Helliar also filled in for Kate Langbroek on Hughesy & Kate on Melbournes Nova 100, while Kate was on maternity leave. It was announced by co-host Dave Hughes that Helliar would begin making appearances on the show every Thursday morning, in 2008, Helliar began presenting the Triple M Melbourne breakfast spot with Myf Warhurst called Pete & Myf, but the show was axed in July 2009. In 2010, a comedy film, I Love You Too was released
7. Shane Bourne – Shane Keith Bourne is an Australian stand-up comedian, actor and a television host. Bourne was a comedic face throughout the 1980s and 1990s, with an acting role on the Australian version of the British sitcom. He had regular appearances on the variety program Hey Hey Its Saturday in various sketches and he starred in the short lived sitcom Bingles in 1992 and 1993. In 1996, Bourne hosted a revived Blankety Blanks, which lasted two seasons. He also had roles, he was in 3 episodes of the drama series Prisoner in the early 1980s as 3 different guest roles. He had a guest role in The Flying Doctors in 1995, Bourne made a change to dramatic acting and has been critically acclaimed. After a two episode guest appearance on Blue Heelers in 2000, Bourne took the role of lawyer Happy Henderson. The show ended after its season in September 2005. This show won him 2 awards and he also played a minor role in the film Kokoda, an Australia WWII film on the Kokoda Track where he played as the battalions doctor. Bourne hosted the television series Thank God Youre Here from 2006 to 2009, in 2006, he hosted How the Hell Did We Get Here. A series that aired on ABC1, Bourne began acting in the Channel Seven drama series, City Homicide on 27 August 2007. He appeared on the show until its axing after season 5, Bourne participated in Who Do You Think You Are in 2010. Bourne hosted the 2011 Logie Awards, in 2012, Bourne appeared in the short-lived drama Tricky Business, that aired on the Channel Nine. He also starred in the telemovie The Great Mint Swindle, in early 2014, he hosted the AACTA Awards on Channel Ten. In June 2015, Bourne joined the season of Dancing with the Stars as the new co-host alongside Edwina Bartholomew. Has a daughter Ruby Louise Bourne, at the AFI Awards, in 2003 and 2005, Bourne won the Best Actor in a Television Drama award for his role in MDA, and was nominated for the same award in 2002. At the Logies, in 2003, he was nominated for the Most Outstanding Actor award for his role in MDA, Shane Bourne at the Internet Movie Database Shane Bournes Full Biography
8. Brendon Burns (comedian) – Brendon Burns is an Australian stand-up comedian and author who mostly performs in the UK. He is known for his boisterous stage presence and controversial material, Burns television career began as a performer on Channel 4s late-night spontaneous comedy show The 11 OClock Show. He has subsequently appeared as a presenter on the ITV show Im a Celebrity. Get Me Out of Here, furthermore, he was the conductor of masterclasses in stand-up. He has also appeared on ITV2s Comedy Cuts and he has also performed at Montreal and South African comedy festivals. He first appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1996, hosting The Comedy Zone showcase of new acts, also at the 2007 Fringe, Brendon Burns appeared alongside Adam Hills and Sammy J in a stage version of Breaker Morant by The Comedians Theatre Company directed by Phil Nichol. A trilogy, Burnsy versus Brendon, which ran at Edinburgh in 2004,2005 and 2006, examined his own life – culminating in his breakdown and drinks. Brendon released his first semi-autobiographical novel, Fear of Hat Loss in Las Vegas with Transworld publishing in August 2010, in 2014 Burns began his own podcast - The Brendon Burns Show. A mix of interviews and stand up as he travels around the World, a notable highlight including a travelogue series with his son Luke as they race across the Australian outback. Burns is a fan of wrestling, in particular WWE. Burns also appeared as a guest on Colt Cabanas podcast show The Art of Wrestling, cracking jokes, in February 2013 Burns toured Australia with WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley with stand up comedy with his material based on the WWE. Brendon Burns Chortle page, including tour dates Brendon Burns 2007 Interview with Liberation Frequency Sober Not Clean DVD September 2007 Interview with Liberation Frequency
9. Doug Chappel – Doug Chappel is an Australian comedian who grew up in the working class suburbs of Footscray and Sunshine in Melbournes Western Suburbs. Chappel is also known for his work in the community with homeless youth & troubled teenagers, once homeless himself and growing up with a rough crowd, Chappel draws on his experiences from his past and applies it to his comedy. Chappel has also had sold out Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows in 2004,2005,2006,2007 and 2008. Doug Chappel is also a supporter of the Western Bulldogs AFL football team and has done numerous shows for them. Chappel released 2 CDs in 2004 titled The funniest man on the planet and The Footscray Rap in which he talks about his troubled past, doug Chappel at the Internet Movie Database