Comedians for Hire

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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. At the age of 36, he has already made his mark in the fields of comedy, music theatre composition and bookwriting, playwrighting, screenwriting, classical music, jazz and acting for stage and screen. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. Eddie has won multiple awards for his work both as a performer and a writer, and has worked with top creatives from Baz Lurhmann and Global Creatures (Strictly Ballroom), 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), Opera Victoria (The Threepenny Opera), Opera Australia (South Pacific), the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (Symphony Under The Stars), Malthouse Theatre Company (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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At the age of 26, Amos Gill is fast becoming one of the hottest young comedians in the country. After a sensational appearance as finalist in the national RAW Comedy competition, Amos went on to earn a nomination for the 'Best Emerging Comedian' and 'People's Choice' awards at the 2013 Adelaide Fringe for his solo show-You've Changed. Areas of speciality include Comedians for Hire. At the 2013 Melbourne Comedy Festival, Amos was hand-selected by one of the Festival directors to host the prestigious ‘Comedy Zone’ showcasing four of Australia’s best new comedians. And in 2014 he was once again honoured by MICF with a ‘Best Newcomer’ nomination.

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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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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