Peter Helliar first came to the nation's attention in 1999 as a cast member of Rove, Rove McManus' ill-fated first series on the Nine Network. When the show went to Network TEN in 2000, Pete went with it, becoming an integral part of the Logie Award-winning variety show until it wound up at the end of 2009 after ten historic years on Australian TV. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. In 2003, Pete took on Australian Rules football with After The Game, which became Before The Game in 2004. The following year Pete created Bryan Strauchan, Collingwood rookie and instant superstar. “Strauchanie” created an AFL sensation, picking up the code’s Personality Of The Year Award, getting his own car in the Grand Final Parade, and even being immortalised on his own official AFL Footy Card and winning Best On Ground at the 2009 EJ Whitten match.
Australian stand-up Sarah Kendall has established herself as one of the hottest talents on the international comedy circuit. Since bursting onto the scene at the 2001 Edinburgh Festival, the London-based Aussie has performed at many of the world's leading comedy festivals, including Montreal, Kilkenny, Edinburgh, Melbourne and Hong Kong. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. During the 2002 Edinburgh Festival, Sarah was the only stand-up comedian to win the prestigious Herald Angel Award, and the following year she performed sell-out seasons at both the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. After a highly successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Sarah was one of only five acts selected by NBC to perform in their ‘Edinburgh Nights’ season in New York City, followed by a run at The Berlin Comedy Festival and the Stavanger Comedy Festival in Norway.
Writer, performer, and fervent tweeter. Becky Lucas is one of most exciting new voices on the Australian comedy scene and is quickly commanding attention. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Becky established herself as an up and coming comedian when she competed in the 2013 Triple J RAW comedy competition as a national finalist. The following year she was hand-picked for the prestigious Melbourne International Comedy Festivals’ The Comedy Zone showcase and since then has gone on to perform her own sold out solo shows at the festival.
Since their earliest shows Tripod have made a consistent habit of juggling comedy, music and narrative in endless exhilarating combinations, consistently evading neat definitions whilst always striving to stay worthy of their fans' time. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. The boys started out in the thriving Melbourne pub scene of the mid 90s, a strange anomaly even then, opening for cranking horn-driven party bands with a meager three voices and one guitar, harmonising quirky pop oddities before a largely nonplussed punter. Miraculously they gained a keen following, who happily stuck with them as they underwent the first of many metamorphoses – in this case, into regulars of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Craig Reucassel is a writer and comedian best known for his work with The Chaser. Craig formed The Chaser while studying law with colleagues Julian Morrow, Dominic Knight and Chas Licciardello. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. While producing their satirical newspaper, The Chaser team also created and starred in several programs on ABC TV, including The Election Chaser, CNNNN, The Chaser’s War on Everything, Yes We Canberra and The Hamster Wheel. Craig has also appeared on ABC in The Chaser’s Media Circus, The Chaser’s Election Desk, The Checkout and more recently War on Waste.
No comic is in more in demand for everything from after dinner speaking to product launches, sports hospitality, awards ceremonies and any manner of corporate, fundraising, sporting or public event. Vince performs at over 200 events a year in Australia and overseas. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. In 2011 Vince Sorrenti won the coveted Mo Award for Australia’s Best Stand-Up Comic for the fourth time. Vince has a long performance history, cutting his teeth in Architecture Revues in the early 1980s and in the burgeoning stand-up comedy scene that he helped create. Graduating as an Architect in 1985 he threw full weight behind his real talent and has performed to ecstatic crowds on thousands of stages all over the world.
After meeting whilst studying at University over 10 years ago now, these two talented entertainers-writers-comedians have become Australia's most popular media performers. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Since commencing their careers on radio Hamish Blake and Andy Lee have continued their rise to unparalleled success with listeners becoming the highest rating radio program in Australian history. Their national drive show, reached around 2.5 million listeners each week and held that audience for an extraordinary 4 years, before they retired from the drive slot in 2011 to pursue other media ambitions.
Since 1995 Judith Lucy has does really funny stage shows - all of them have been proper, gut aching, 'provide warnings to asthmatics' funny. Rivetingly honest, with a gatling gun gag rate - no one sees just one Judith Lucy show. She's also the best-selling author of two devastatingly honest, hilarious books and created her own ABC series Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. So basically she is really funny, anyone who sees or reads her agrees and they keep coming back. A simple but effective formula.
Widely regarded as one of the top rising stars of Australian comedy, Damien Power has sold out shows around Australia.
Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Damien’s material ranges from personal stories about his brother Will Power (a famous Indy car driver) to strong political and social commentary. Having worked for years around Australia from pubs and festivals to large theatres Power has a wide range of material, winning over audiences with strong delivery, energy and confidence.
Award-winning British comedian Jeff Green has become a well-known face and voice on Australian TV and radio since arriving for his first Melbourne International Comedy Festival performance here in 1996. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Now an experienced corporate presenter, Jeff adds to his arsenal as a world famous comedian as he brings his unique insights and life-changing experiences as an inspirational keynote. He is also one of Australia’s most in-demand Master of Ceremonies.