At school Kitty was a tiny, stick like child with very large front teeth and fuzzy hair. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. An acutely shy teenager, she spent her adolescent years staying in on Saturday nights watching Eight is Enough and Magnum P.I. She also played tennis, a sport well known for retarding social development. There’s a reason tennis players are rarely involved in scandals, they are essentially rather dull and for the most part, they don’t even know how to talk to the opposite sex.
Astounding. Incredible. Mind-blowing. All of these words are used by the Axis of Awesome on frequent occasions. Throughout their mind-blowing career, the Axis of Awesome have done some astounding things. Incredible! Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. They are The World’s Most Awesomest Comedy Band. In the short yet incredible time they have been a band, they have done literally so much stuff. Their 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival show “The Axis of Awesome Comeback Spectacular” won them a Moosehead award, and played to packed houses and rave reviews.
Arj Barker is an American stand-up comedian with a worldwide following. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. As a standup he won the coveted Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has performed regular sell out seasons at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He now tours Australia and New Zealand on a regular basis attracting sold out audiences at the largest theatres in the country. He has also performed in Holland, Sweden, Norway, USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand.
Christian Elderfield is a witty Brit who has become very popular on the festival scene, having taken 4 one-hour solo shows to Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Edinburgh Comedy Festivals. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. His engaging stage presence combined with sharp, relatable material make this award-winning UK comedian a juggernaut of stand-up comedy.
Mick Dwyer - Mickey D - combines his boundless energy, infectious smile and killer wit to produce world-class comedy. He is a brilliant natural comic and amiable host. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Mickey burst onto the comedy scene as a 17 year old and made an immediate impact, storming the national finals of JJJ’s Raw Comedy, in Australia. Today, Mickey is recognised as a truly international comedian.
Their misbehaviour in acting school resulted in a career that has taken The Umbilical Brothers all over the world. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Using a high octane mix of tightly choreographed mayhem, mime and live audio-acrobatics, writers/performers David Collins and Shane Dundas create an imaginative world, full-tilt with adventures, where anything can happen.
Based in Sydney but willing to travel, Merrick Watts is perfect for those gigs that Vince Sorrenti said no to, or Richard Wilkins was too expensive for. He’s also capable of not swearing at absolutely no additional cost! Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. As one half of Merrick and Rosso, Merrick Watts took Triple J drive to ratings highs, was the first voice on the NOVA network and built a cult TV fan base with shows on Nine, Ten and the Comedy Channel.
Award-winning novelist, playwright, television writer, screenwriter and lyricist Ben Elton is also a theatre, screen and TV director, a stand-up comedian, and actor. He was born in Catford, South East London, and studied drama at the University of Manchester. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Elton has been one of the UK and Australia’s most successful stand-up live acts for around four decades. Part of Britain’s alternative comedy movement in the 80’s, Elton has won three BAFTA Awards for Best Comedy Series (for The Young Ones, Blackadder the Third, and Blackadder Goes Forth), The Royal Television Society Writer’s Award (The Man From Auntie), and a British Comedy Award (The Thin Blue Line) for his work.
In 1990, he co-hosted the Nelson Mandela Celebration at Wembley Stadium. He hosted the Brit Awards in 1997 and 1998 and The Royal Variety Performance in 2000. Ben famously – and remarkably – writes all his own material for these events.
Ben’s theatre writing includes Gasping , Silly Cow, and Popcorn. He has co-written musicals The Beautiful Game and Love Never Dies with Andrew Lloyd Webber, We Will Rock You with music by Queen, Tonight’s The Night with music by Rod Stewart and others. Elton won Olivier Awards for Popcorn and We Will Rock You, and a Critics Circle ‘Best Musical’ Award for The Beautiful Game.
You might know Wil Anderson as the host and executive producer of ABC’s most popular show Gruen, or from his various podcasts, including Wilosophy, but it is on stage where Wil feels most at home. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Wil Anderson’s comedy is high energy, unpredictable and has a joke count that should carry a heart health warning. Astute and hilarious, Wil has won the People’s Choice Award for a record six times at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, selling more tickets than any other act and cementing himself as Australia’s comedian of choice.
Movies, Sketch, Stand-Up, TV appearances, radio DJ and talk show host, improvisation and a published author, Akmal is one of Australia's most respected, successful and accomplished comics. He displays an incredible ability to deal with hot topics in a hilarious and non-offensive way. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Akmal has a fascinating past. Originally immigrating to Australia from Egypt with his family nearly 30 years ago. He sums it up in his own inimitable style – “My parents didn’t tell us where we were going. We thought it was two hours away. Twenty hours later, we got off a plane. We were on another planet”. This and many other bizarre incidents dot Akmal’s life – suggesting a career in stand-up comedy was pre-ordained, either that or he should have been committed early on.