Comedians for Hire

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A three-time nominee for Most Outstanding Show of the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Damien Power is the most exhilarating voice on the Australian comedy circuit, racking up numerous awards, nominations and rave reviews, and selling out rooms across the country. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Damien toured his raw, assured I Can’t Believe I Cared to audiences around Australia and the world in 2015. He took the 2016 festival scene by storm with Sell Mum Into Slavery, which was filmed as part of ABC TV’s Comedy Next Gen series.
  • NOMINATED Best Comedy Performer – Helpmann Awards (2019)
  • WINNER Pinder Prize – Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2017)
  • NOMINATED Barry Award – Most Outstanding Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2017)
  • NOMINATED Barry Award – Most Outstanding Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2016)
  • WINNER Director’s Choice Award – Melbourne International Comedy Festival (True Australian Patriots) (2016)
  • Utopia – Actor. Episode “The Ghost of Christmas Future” - ABC TV
  • The Project - Network Ten
  • Tonightly with Tom Ballard - ABC TV

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Harley Breen is a popular, award-winning comedian, TV host and radio personality who has won over a legion of fans across the globe with his accessible and relatable stories and style. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Consistently unpredictable, Harley projects the immediately recognisable and relatable image of the unpretentious Aussie male.

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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. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. 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.

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award winner event host and MC

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.
  • ACRA Awards - Winner Best Documentary Modern Warrior Triple M Network (2016)
  • ACRA Awards - Winner
  • Best Station Produced Comedy Segment (2009)
  • ARIA Award Best Comedy Album "From Us to Youse" (2003)
  • Network Ten
  • Hughesy We Have A Problem
  • Studio 10
  • The Project
  • Have You Been Paying Attention?
  • Triple M
  • Kennedy and Molloy
  • Triple M Sydney
  • Drive Merrickville
  • Triple M National
  • Drive Merrick and Australia
  • 2Day FM
  • Breakfast Jules
  • Merrick and Sophie

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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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Sammy J & Randy are without question two of the most sought after comics in Australia today. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Combining catchy songs with chaotic tomfoolery and outbursts of filth, the two have an uncanny knack of charming the pants off everyone they meet.

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event host and MC

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.