Comedians for Hire

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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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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.

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Eddie Perfect is one of Australia's most diverse, respected and prolific writer/composer/performers. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. His most recent work as Composer of Beetlejuice The Musical on Broadway won him a nomination for Best Original Score at the 2019 Tony Awards.

He has already made his mark in the fields of comedy, music theatre composition and book writing, playwriting, screenwriting, classical music, jazz and acting for stage and screen. He has won multiple awards for his work both as a performer and writer, and has worked with top creatives from Baz Luhrmann and Global Creatures (Strictly Ballroom the Musical, King Kong on Broadway), Simon Phillips and Neil Armfield (Shane Warne The Musical, Keating! The Musical), Richard Maltby and David Shire, Jason Robert Brown, Andrew Lippa (Adelaide Cabaret Festival) to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO Town Hall Proms), Victorian Opera (The Threepenny Opera), Opera Australia (South Pacific), the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (Symphony Under The Stars), Malthouse Theatre (Babes In The Wood, Drink Pepsi Bitch, The Big Con) the Australian National Academy Of Music, Iain Grandage and UK’s Brodsky Quartet (Songs From The Middle).

  • Kath & Kim (TV Program)
  • Spicks and Specks (TV Program)
  • Good News Week (TV Program)
  • Stingers (TV Program)
  • Blue Heelers (TV Program)
  • MDA (TV Program)
  • The Sideshow (TV Program)
  • Network Ten
  • Playschool (TV Series)
  • Adelaide Cabaret Festival

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One of the hottest comedians in Australia and now swiftly making a name for himself globally, Amos Gill divides his time between Australia and the USA. A cherished Adelaide identity thanks to his four years hosting the Amos, Cat & Angus breakfast radio show for Australia’s biggest broadcaster Southern Cross Austereo, in 2018 Amos announced that he was giving up breaky radio’s notorious 4am rises and heading to the USA to crack a comedy scene in which he has already carved out a name for himself. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. After an impressive appearance as national runner-up in triple j’s RAW Comedy competition, Amos went on to earn nominations for the Best Emerging Comedian and People’s Choice awards at the 2013 Adelaide Fringe for his debut solo show, You’ve Changed. 2013 also saw Amos hand-selected by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) directors to host the prestigious Comedy Zone; showcasing four of Australia’s best new comedians. In 2014 he was once again honoured by MICF with a Best Newcomer nomination.

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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.

  • 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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Simon Taylor began stand-up on the Melbourne comedy scene. Within two years he met Jay Leno on a trip to Los Angeles and was asked to be a writer on The Tonight Show. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Since then he has written for Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell on the ABC and for Comedy Central in the US.

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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.

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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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Comic favourite Luke Heggie is known for his dry dead pan style and the ability to deliver a brand new killer comedy show year after year. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. He gigs relentlessly 6 or 7 nights a week and tours the biggest comedy and arts festivals in Australia and New Zealand to sell out crowds and rave reviews. Luke also has a fan base in UK by taking his harsh but fair shows about idiots to crowds at London’s Soho Theatre.
  • Winner 2Melbourne International Comedy Festival - Raw Comedy (2010)
  • Winner Time Out Sydney's Best Comedian (2012)
  • Winner Director's Choice Awards - Sydney Comedy Festival (2015)
  • Winner Comedian's choice Melbourne (2017)
  • Winner Best Comedy - Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards (2017)
  • Nominee Best Comedy Release - Aria Awards (2018)