Sam Taunton - MC
Sam Taunton is one of the most exciting new voices in Australian comedy.
Bursting onto the scene in the 2015 Triple J RAW Comedy National Final, he received the judges' 'Special Mention’ award and has since gone on to play venues all over the world.
Juggling stand up and various media projects including presenting for MTV Australia, his captive storytelling and quickfire punchlines have seen him emerge as one of the most charming hosts and in-demand acts in the country.
2016 saw him handpicked for the prestigious showcase ‘The Comedy Zone’, tour across Australia and Asia as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, and start paying back the $728 he owes his mum in E-Toll fees.
As seen and heard on ABC2’s Comedy Up Late, SBS, MTV, Channel [V], ABC Radio, Triple J.
“He’s a natural” - Chortle UK
"Nominated ‘Best Comedy" - Perth Fringeworld 2017
Liam Ryan - 1st Feature
4 Stars "A Comedy Festival nugget of gold" - Herald Sun
"An hour of non-stop laughs.’ - Squirrel Comedy
Liam Ryan (ABC Fresh Blood, SBS Comedy, warm-up guy at The Project) is a Melbourne based standup, writer and improvisor.
One third of sketch group WATSON, Liam has been nominated for the Best Independent Show at the 2012 & 2015 Melbourne Comedy Festivals, and won Best Comedy at Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2014. Liam’s writing has been featured in the book Best Australian Comedy Writing alongside Andrew Denton, Shaun Micallef & Felicity Ward.
Simon Palomares - Headline
Simon Palomares is a Spanish-Australian comedian and actor, best known for his character "Ricky" in Acropolis Now.
Just returned from Montreal, Canada, where he was invited by PARAMOUNT COMEDY to perform at the prestigious JUST FOR LAUGHS comedy festival.
Palomares was one of the creators and stars of the Wogs Out of Work comedy stage show, which later evolved into the Acropolis Now TV series. He has performed comedy shows in the United States, Canada, Spain and Argentina where he performs stand-up in Spanish. More recently, Palomares has toured Australia in a combination cooking program and stand-up comedy show called Palomares Cooks Calamares.
Palomares has worked as a writer in Madrid, Spain, for Lo Mas Plus, a nightly review program on Canal+, and directed a flamenco version of Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. He performed throughout most of 2007 with fellow comedians George Kapiniaris, Joe Avati and Nish Selvadurai in a national tour of their show Il Dago.
Most recently he has performed for the program Nuevos Comicos on Paramount Comedy (Spain) and is completing a documentary called KO HO NAS (Cojones) for Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) to be shown in Australia on November 11, 2009. He wrote and directed a short film, The Usual, which was acclaimed at the St Kilda Film Festival.
Palomares has directed episodes of Neighbours and was second unit director on Totally Full Frontal. He has also provided voices in the video games Rome: Total War (2004) and Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion (2005).
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