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.

Press Quotes

  • “…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

Past Experience

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.

Festival Shows

Squeaky Clean – Melbourne International Comedy Festival – 2010 – Present

The First World Blues – Melbourne International Comedy Festival – 2013

I am Super, Man – Melbourne Fringe Festival – 2012

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

Comedy Competitions

Green Faces Grand Finalist – 2009

Campus Comedy Competition – 1st place – 2004

Class Clowns – Grand Finalist – 2001

Class Clowns – 2nd place – 2000

Television

Live On Bowen – 2013 – Present

Australia’s Got Talent – 2011

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.

Music

Goulburn Blues Music Festival – 2009

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues – 2008

Youth in Blues Project – 2008

Regular performances at Jam nights around Melbourne playing harmonica

 

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