Dave Thornton

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Dave Thornton has built a global reputation for his honest, engaging, whip-smart and damn funny comedy. He’s stormed the world’s three major comedy festivals – Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and the invitation-only Just For Laughs in Montréal.

Back home Dave is a hot ticket across the country, filling thousands of seats with a growing army of fans.

With his accessible humour and free flowing style, Dave’s success as a comic has quickly broadened into a range of performance credits on TV, radio and stage. Dave has been a guest on Network Ten’s Talkin’ ’bout Your Generation a regular guest on Good News Week and he was seen on your screens in 2010 as a weekly panel member in the first season of Channel 7’s The White Room.

His stand-up has been televised on Good Morning Australia (Network Ten), the Melbourne Cup special of Stand-up Australia (The Comedy Channel), and Rove (Network Ten). He hosted the first 3 seasons of Channel 31’s Studio A in Victoria seeing the show through to win ‘Best Live Show’ and ‘Most Outstanding Program of The Year’ at the 2009 Channel 31 Antenna Awards.

You would have seen him covering various stories and as a regular panel member on The Project, which has seen him interview the likes of Anne Hathaway, Owen Wilson, Jake Gyllenhall and Andy Murray.

Dave hosted ABC1’s RAW Comedy Competition final, landed a role in Channel Nine’s hot new drama House Husbands and became the co-host of the Mamamia Today show with Em Rusciano, heard nationally across the Today Network.

As Dave describes in his performances, he is a Ted talk with punch lines.scenestr
Dave’s TV credentials include hosting a series Channel 9’s 20 to 1, appearances ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks and Agony Uncles Network Ten’s Hughesy We Have a Problem and regularly appearing as a co-host on The Project.

He’s even tried his hand at acting, appearing in Channel Nine’s House Husbands and ABC TV’s Upper Middle Bogan. Pretty much any gig where there’s catering, Dave will be there.

His solo debut performance in at the 2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival garnered a nomination for ‘Best Newcomer’ for his show Euromission and he has returned to the Comedy Festival each year since, with Info, Never Sweat, A Different Type of Normal and in 2011 with I Wanna Be Bruce Lee. Following the success of these seasons, 2009 also saw his debut performance at the Edinburgh Fringe with Allow Me To Introduce Myself.

Dave’s success and sell-out shows also saw him invited to the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal in 2010, before heading over for his second season at the Edinburgh Fringe with A Different Type of Normal and wrapping up his international touring for the year at the Nando’s Cape Town Comedy Festival in South Africa where he again performed in 2011. In 2012, Dave’s solo show, The Some Of All Parts, was a smash hit on the Australian comedy festival circuit.

Slick, funny… devastatingly effective.Chortle
Dave spent four years co-hosting Fox FM’s breakfast radio show alongside his good friend Fifi Box which he decided to wrap up in 2017.

In 2018, Dave hosted the first series of AFL quiz show The Beep Test on Fox Footy, a format developed by fellow comedian Michael Chamberlin, which is returning for a second season in 2019

Dave is also hitting the road in 2019 with his brand-new hour long show Lean Into It.

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