Comedians for Hire

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Comic, Author, Playwright, Director, Keynote Speaker. Ben Elton is a hugely successful and influential stand-up comedian, scriptwriter, playwright, librettist and novelist whose work includes some of the funniest and most successful comedy of our time. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Ben’s sitcom credits include The Young Ones, Happy Families, Thin Blue Line and The Blackadder, collectively winning five BAFTAs, an EMMY, a British Comedy Award and Jury Awards at Reims. His own hit television shows include Saturday Live, The Man From Auntie (winner of the 1991 Royal Television Society Writers Award) and The Ben Elton Show. In 2007 Ben Elton was awarded the Special Golden Rose D’Or at The International Television festival in Lucerne Switzerland for his lifetime contribution to the Television Arts.
  • Rose d'Or Festival: Honorary Rose for lifetime achievement
  • an honorary doctorate from The University of Manchester. BAFTA Best Comedy Series - The Young Ones
  • BAFTA Best Comedy Series - Blackadder the Third
  • BAFTA Best Comedy Series - Blackadder Goes Forth
  • Olivier Award - PopcornOlivier Award - We Will Rock YouRoyal Television Society Writer's Award - The Man From Auntie
  • Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award for Crime Fiction - Popcorn
  • Swedish Kaliber Award - Popcorn
  • WH Smiths People's Choice Fiction Award - High Society
  • Prix Polar International Crime Writer Award - Amitiès Mortelles for Past Mortem (French edition)
  • The Young Ones (TV Series)
  • Alfresco (TV Series)
  • Happy Families (TV Series)
  • Filthy Rich and Catflap (TV Series)
  • Blackadder II (TV Series)
  • Blackadder the Third (TV Series)
  • Blackadder Goes Forth (TV Series)
  • The Man From Auntie (TV Series)
  • The Ben Elton Show (TV Program)
  • Stark (TV Series)
  • Andrew Llyod Webber

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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.

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Movies, Sketch, Stand-Up, TV appearances, radio DJ and talk show host, improvisation and a published author, Akmal is out 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.

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Adam Rozenbachs – stand-up comedian, writer, broadcaster, actor, voice over artist - has steadily risen to become one of Australia's funniest and most consistent performers, writers and broadcasters. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Adam has performed eight successful Melbourne International Comedy Festival Shows: Wrong Way – Keep Going, Traces of Nut, the sell-out Singledumb, Repressed Memory Lane, the critically acclaimed Singledumber, the sold out seasons of 2012’s The Good Stuff and 2013’s Eurodad , and the 2014 success about his alcohol free [read: boring] year, Breaking Booze.

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Rove McManus started his entertainment career as a stand-up comedian but has gone on to become Australia's most successful talk show host and one of its biggest producers of entertainment television. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Rove got his first TV gig on community television, hosting his own tonight show. Rove hit the prime time schedule in 2000 with Rove Live on Network Ten after a brief late night stint on the Nine Network in 1999. The show played host to some of the planet’s biggest names with the likes of Cameron Diaz, John Travolta, Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, The Duchess of York and U2 taking time out to chat with Rove.
  • Gold Logie 2003: Most Popular Personality on Australian Television
  • Gold Logie 2004: Most Popular Personality on Australian Television
  • Gold Logie 2005: Most Popular Personality on Australian Television
  • Logie Award 2003: Most Popular TV Presenter
  • Logie Award 2004: Most Popular TV Presenter
  • Logie Award 2005: Most Popular TV Presenter
  • Logie Award 2006: Most Popular TV Presenter
  • Logie Award 2007: Most Popular TV Presenter
  • Logie Award 2008: Most Popular TV Presenter
  • Logie Award 2009: Most Popular TV Presenter
  • Austereo Network
  • Newtork Ten
  • Rove Live (TV Program)
  • Triple J (Radio)
  • ABC Radio
  • The Project (TV Program)
  • SkitHOUSE (TV Series)
  • Nine Network
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (TV Program)Fox Network
  • Riot (TV Program)Roving Enterprises

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Luke Heggie is fast becoming one of Australia’s most in demand and recognisable stand up comedians. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. His no-nonsense one liners delivered in a dry, dead-pan manner quickly gained praise after his debut into the comedy world by winning Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s 2010 Raw Comedy and jetting off to Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
  • Winner 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival - Raw Comedy

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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.
  • Network Ten
  • The Project (TV Program)
  • Rove (TB Program)
  • Triple J (Radio)
  • Triple M (Radio)
  • It's A Date (TV Series)
  • The Project (TV Program)

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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.
  • BBC Radio
  • BBC Three

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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.

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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.
  • 2003 Australian Comedy Awards People's Choice Award
  • 2005 ARIA Awards Best Comedy Release - Middleborough Road
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