Biography

Michael began getting laughs at the age of three in his back yard with the Hills Hoist acting as stage and curtain, and he hasn’t stopped performing since.

At the age of thirteen Michael added juggling to his already extensive talents and spent several years busking and touring with various small circuses. Then, in January 2000, Michael entered the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns Competition and launched his comedy career.

Winning competitions such as the Class Clowns Competition (a search to find Australia’s funniest high school student), and the TREV Campus Comedy Competition (a similar search for the funniest university student), helped Michael become an established performer on Melbourne’s comedy scene.

Over the years Michael has performed everywhere from the set of Rove [live] and Her Majesty’s Theatre, to the main stage of the Melbourne Town Hall and the Telstra Dome during half time. Michael has produced hit shows at festivals such as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, The Melbourne Fringe Festival, and more. He is regularly in demand as a corporate entertainer, a speaker at high schools and universities, and as a performer at comedy venues across Australia.

Michael’s sensitive, intelligent and hilarious routines are beautifully developed to make everyone laugh, and are clean enough not to offend anyone.

“…genuinely funny and not in need of bad language or shock tactics to raise laughs…****” – Herald Sun

“A rising local comedian…” – The Age

“Stand-up Prodigy…” – The Canberra Times

“His ability to deliver material for everyone to enjoy is strong, without fear. You’ll be impressed.” – Beat Magazine

“…a young comedian with a promising career ahead of him.” – Inpress

Festival Shows
Squeaky Clean – Melbourne International Comedy Festival – 2011
Acting the Goat – Melbourne Fringe Festival – 2010
The Blues – Melbourne/Canberra season – 2009
Just Me – Melbourne Fringe Festival – 2008
Just Me – Melbourne International Comedy Festival – 2008
Classic – Melbourne International Comedy Festival – 2007
Eskimo Jokes – Melbourne International Comedy Festival – 2007
You say Tomayto I say Tomahto – NZ Comedy Festival – 2006
3 Minute Walk – Melbourne International Comedy Festival – 2007

Notable Stand Up Performances
Young Blood Comedy Tour 2 – Venues in the Yarra Ranges – 2008
MICF “RAW Comedy Competition” special guest – 2008
MICF “Class Clowns Competition” special guest MC – 2008
Young Blood Comedy Tour – Venues in the Yarra Ranges – 2007
Comedy Debate “Minogue Vs Melba” – Athenaeum Theatre 2007
MCIF “Class Clowns Competition” special guest MC – 2007
Australian Scouts Jamboree – Elmore, Victoria – 2007
Amnesty Comedy Gala – Her Majesty’s Theatre – 2006
Half Time Entertainment – Telstra Dome Stadium – 2006
“A Yank Down Under” support act – MICF – 2006
Melbourne Comedy Festival “New Talent Showcase” – 2005
Big Time Comedy Show Tour – Various venues in Tasmania – 2004
Regular at The Comic’s Lounge
Headliner at Sydney’s Laugh Garage
Regular at The Athenaeum Theatre Comedy Club
Regular performances at all the top comedy clubs in Melbourne and interstate.

Comedy Competitions
Green Faces Grand Finalist – 2009
Campus Comedy Competition – 1st place – 2004
Class Clowns – Grand Finalist – 2001
Class Clowns – 2nd place – 2000

Television
Network Video Commercial – 2009
Studio A – Channel 31 – 2008
ICBW – Channel 31 – 2008
Get Cereal – Channel 31 – 2008
The 1700 – Channel 31 – 2007
The Foosy Show – Channel 31 – 2007
Champagne Comedy (many episodes) – Channel 31 – 2000 – 2006
Numerous appearances as an extra/featured extra in Australian Films and Television series.

Radio
Interviews and appearances on Triple J, Nova, ABC Radio, SBS Radio, RRR, SYN FM, and many community/student radio stations around the country.

Print
The Herald Sun – “Saturday Opinions” Columnist – 2007 – 2009
Beat Magazine – “Comics in the Dog House” columnist – 2003 -
Reviews of performances, interviews, and other press coverage has appeared in The Age (VIC), Herald Sun (VIC), MX (VIC), The Hobart Mercury (TAS), The Examiner (TAS), The New Zealand Herald (NZ), Beat Magazine (VIC), Inpress (VIC), and many other street, student, and local press around the country.

Corporate Work
Australian Taxation Office, Amnesty International, Auckland University, Bendigo Bank, University of Melbourne, World Vision, City of Greater Bendigo, Cancer Council Victoria, City of Melbourne, Victoria University, City of Geelong, Sharp Electronics, Deakin University, RMIT University, Shire of Yarra Ranges, Rotary Club of Montrose, Swinburne University, Whyndham Rotaract, Scouts Australia, La Trobe University, City of Stonnington, Springvale & Dandenong Network of Victorian Primary school Principals, Wodonga City Council, and many more.

Music
Goulburn Blues Music Festival – 2009
Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues – 2008
Youth in Blues Project – 2008
Regular performer at Jam nights around Melbourne, and playing harmonica in his band “The Crawling King Snakes”

Training/Qualifications
Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) – Swinburne – 2012
Advanced Diploma of Event Management – Swinburne – 2009
Cert IV Business – Box Hill TAFE – 2007
Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment – UYCH – 2006
Diploma of Theatre (Theatre Arts) – Victoria University – 2005
Bachelor of Contemporary Art (Drama) – Deakin – 2003