Hosts Sammy J and Randy
Sammy J and Randy are two of the most sought after comics in Australia today. Combining catchy songs with chaotic tomfoolery and outbursts of filth, these two adorable characters have an uncanny knack of charming the pants off everyone they meet. In 2012 the pair hosted the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Opening Night TV Gala, and they are currently developing a show for television.
One of Australia's best-loved comedians, Mikey was host of Triple J’s breakfast show for seven years before becoming a team leader and audience favourite on the iconic Good News Week. His other TV appearances include ABC’s QandA, and regular guest spots on Sunrise and Spicks and Specks. In 2013 Mikey was given the honour of being chosen to MC for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet’s public talk in Sydney.
Peter is without doubt one of Australia’s most popular and respected media personalities and stand-up comics. Since starting in 1988, Peter has written and performed acclaimed shows across Australia, and made stand-up and TV appearances in the USA and the UK. A veteran TV host (“BackBerner” & Einstein Factor” ABCTV; “You Have Been Watching” Foxtel), he also has over a decade of national and metropolitan radio experience.
Mother of 5, Fiona O’Loughlin started doing stand-up later in life than most comics, her hilarious stories of housewifery and motherhood are an absolute hit. She's won several awards and has been enjoying sell-out seasons on the festival circuit ever since.
Fiona has taken her story-based stand-up around the world and has also been a hit on the telly with appearances on Sunrise, Good News Week & Spicks and Specks.
Tom is probably best known as one half of triple j’s breakfast hosts “Tom and Alex”. Tom has performs extensively in Australia and overseas, including at the invite-only Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at comedy festivals, fringe festivals, theatres and comedy clubs all over Australia. You may also have him on Good News Week, Spicks’n’Specks, and Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight.
Lovingly referred to as Australia’s ‘Acid Tongue Prince’, in only a short time Joel has built a cult following. In 2010, Joel received the prestigious nomination of Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has since gone on to perform to sell out Festival crowds. Joel has his own TV stand up special and has been guests on TV shows including Tractor Monkeys, Dirty Laundry, This Week Live and is also a regular on A League of Their Own.
Since his 2009 Melbourne Comedy Festival debut Tommy has appeared at the festival every year since. His new show, Sex, Drugs and Herbal Tea filled a venue for four and half weeks in the Adelaide Fringe.
2013 has been a big year for Tommy., appearing on Channel Ten’s This Week Live. And A League Of Their Own. Tommy also makes regular appearances on Nova radio, and is a regular face on the Friday Whip segment of The Project.
Heath Franklin is a Logie-nominated Australian actor, comedic performer, improviser and writer.
Heath is best known for his comedy character Chopper, originally created for Network 10’s The Ronnie Johns Half Hour. Since 2007, Franklin, as Chopper, has sold over 200,000 tickets across Australia, New Zealand and the UK. In a 4 star review in The Age, Heath was described as “a true comedy talent”.
Claire is best known for her role as a Team Captain on Good News Week but for comedy fans it is her wonderfully inventive, skilful and completely engaging stage shows that set her apart.
She has appeared on Rove Live, ABC TV’s The Sideshow, The Comedy Channel’s Stand Up! Australia and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Great Debate with Stephen K Amos and Greg Fleet.
Arizona-raised, now Sydney resident, American stand-up star Tommy Dean occupies the top echelons of Australia’s headline comedy artists. Tommy’s astute, clean, observational comedic style consistently make him a stand out winner with all audiences. Tommy’s impressive television CV includes Spicks and Specks, Good News Week, and Rove Live. Tommy can also be heard regularly on ABC 702 radio.
Immensely talented comedian and broadcaster, Ciel is recognised as one of the very best Australian female comics. Ciel held a key hosting position on Sea FM Central Coast Radio’s Breakfast Show for twelve years until 2012. Ciel has also found the time to appear on television programs including Seven’s ‘Sunrise’ program and ABC TV’s ‘The Glass House’ and was a regular panel member on ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
Best known for their hit song, The Hawk, about the imagined love story of supermodel Jennifer Hawkins and scientist Stephen Hawkings, Smart Casual is Roger David (on guitar) and Fletcher Jones (on beard), arguably Australia's smartest, most casual musical comedy duo. Their witty ditties and beautiful harmonised low-fi com-rock classics have seen Smart Casual become one of the most in demand comedy acts in Australia.
Brisbane-born Sydney labourer Luke’s 2010 New Year’s Resolution was get on stage and do some stand-up. His first gig, he won his RAW Comedy heat.. Luke’s ingenious one-liners – delivered with minimal fuss and frills – ultimately won him that year’s RAW Comedy Competition. Luke also received a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Time Out’s Best Comedian during the Sydney Comedy Festival.
Indigenous performers don’t come more polished and funny than Kevin. Winner of the first Deadly Funny comedy competition, Kevin is the face of numerous Aboriginal health campaigns. Special highlights have included hosting three Deadly Awards at the Sydney Opera House, feature shows at the Dreaming Festival, compering the Long Walk events at Federation Square, and touring with the internationally famous Chooky Dancers.
Neel is one of the brightest young Australian comedians. At just 17, he won the national 'Class Clowns' junior comedy competition and was selected by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival director to perform 22 shows in the MICF 'Comedy Zone' showcase. Neel sky-rocketed to Internet stardom in 2013 with his video ‘Australia in 2 Minutes’ that got over a million hits within three days of its’ release.
Michael was crowned national champion of the ‘Raw Comedy’ competition in 2009 and in 2013 his highly anticipated and beautiful new show ‘Ave Loretta’ received impressive reviews for its debut in the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Sydney Comedy Festival.
"Equal parts brilliant and bizarre, Michael is one of the most original voices on the scene in years. If Nick Cave did stand-up it would look like this." Wil Anderson