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 flexed his comedic muscles at the legendary Star and Garter Hotel and launched his comedy career.
Winning competitions such as the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s 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.
“A rising local comedian...” – The Age
“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
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 – New Zealand Comedy Festival – 2006
3 Minute Walk – Melbourne International Comedy Festival - 2007
Notable Stand Up Performances
Young Blood Comedy Tour 2 – Venues across the Yarra Ranges – 2008
Melbourne Comedy Festival “RAW Comedy Competition” special guest - 2008
Melbourne Comedy Festival “Class Clowns Competition” special guest MC - 2008
Young Blood Comedy Tour – Venues across the Yarra Ranges – 2007
Comedy Debate “Minogue Vs Melba” – Athenaeum Theatre 2007
Melbourne Comedy Festival “Class Clowns Competition” special guest MC - 2007
Australian Scouts Jamboree – Elmore, Victoria - 2007
Amnesty’s Stand Up For Your Rights Comedy Gala – Her Majesty’s Theatre - 2006
Half Time Entertainment – Telstra Dome Stadium - 2006
“A Yank Down Under” support act – Melbourne Comedy Festival – 2006
Melbourne Comedy Festival “New Talent Showcase” – 2005
Big Time Comedy Show Tour – Various venues around Tasmania - 2004
Regular at The Comic’s Lounge – Australia’s biggest comedy venue
Regular at The Athenaeum Theatre Comedy Club – Melbourne’s best comedy venue
Regular performances at all the top comedy clubs in Melbourne and interstate.
Campus Comedy Competition – 1st place - 2004
Class Clowns – Grand Finalist - 2001
Class Clowns – 2nd place - 2000
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 – Channel 31 – Numerous appearances 2000 - 2006
Numerous appearances as an extra/featured extra in Australian films and Television series.
Interviews and appearances on Triple J, Nova, ABC Radio, SBS Radio, RRR, SYN FM, and many community/student radio stations around the country.
The Herald Sun – “Saturday Opinions” Guest Columnist - 2007 - Present
Beat Magazine – “Comics in the Dog House” Regular Contributor – 2003 - Present
Reviews of performances, interviews, and other press coverage has appeared in The Age (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.
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.
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”
Advanced Diploma of Event Management – Swinburne University - 2009
Certificate IV Business (Small Business Management) – 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 University – 2003
National Institute of Circus Arts – Various Workshops/Classes – 1999 – 2002