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Damian Callinan

Damian Callinan

Damian Callinan is one of the most prolific, versatile and creative comic artists working in Australia today.

As an award-winning standup comic, TV sketch show star, broadcaster, director, actor and writer, Damian delights in creating and inhabiting off beat landscapes of ridiculous but sympathetic characters.  From Troy Carrington, the Rousseau-quoting country football coach, to Jethro the pub beggar with a business plan, Damian’s characters are sharply observed and hilarious.

His media credits include Spicks n Specks, Skithouse, The Wedge, Comedy Slapdown, Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala, Before The Game, The Fat and various guest spots and co-hostings on Triple J, Mix FM and ABC Local Radio.

Meanwhile he works consistently in the corporate sector and is an accomplished comic actor, appearing in productions including the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), in venues from the Sydney Opera House to the Victorian Arts Centre.

He is a much sought-after comedy director and workshop leader – his work in the education sector in particular, is a major feature of his regular calendar.

In 2010, Damian presents his 10th solo show, The Merger, a special commission from Vic Health and Regional Arts Victoria, and will be developing his own kids’ sitcom for ABC3 in late 2010.

“Damian Callinan stood up and proved why he is one of Australia’s most successful comedians” Adelaide Advertiser - 4 Stars

“One of the best shows on offer ... deserving of the wildest of applause” Herald Sun

“Callinan is clever, intelligent and terrifically talented ...” The Age

“Television executives be told: ... Damian Callinan has created a ready-to-go one-man sitcom, offering credible characters and a funny, sometimes touching, script. It could be the next Summer Heights High.” Chortle
Barry Nominated Best Show, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2002, 2001, 2010 ABN Amro Award 2003 Moosehead Award recipient 2006


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