COMEDY COLLECTIVE

Our Comedy Collective will keep you updated on all the serious current affairs in the most non-serious and unconventional way. These clever comics are well established and know exactly how to push your funny buttons. Performing around the world they are what’s happening in Australian Comedy NOW - with just the  right mix of self deprecation, sarcasm and sharp wit. 100min (incl 20min interval)

DAVE

THORNTON

Dave Thornton has built a global reputation for his honest, engaging, whip-smart and damn funny comedy.

Dave’s TV credentials include hosting a series Channel 9’s 20 to 1, appearances ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks and Agony Uncles Network Ten’s Hughesy We Have a Problem and regularly appearing on The Project. 

He’s even tried his hand at acting, appearing in Channel Nine’s House Husbands and ABC TV’s Upper Middle Bogan. Pretty much any gig where there’s catering, Dave will be there.

Dave spent four years co-hosting Fox FM’s breakfast radio show alongside his good friend Fifi Box which he decided to wrap up in 2017.

In 2018, Dave has been touring the country with a brand-new show, So What Now? and hosted the first series of AFL quiz show The Beep Test on Fox Footy, a format developed by fellow comedian Michael Chamberlin.

NIKKI

BRITToN

 

Nikki Britton started out as an actor and exploded onto the comedy scene in 2011 with her warm, lighting-paced style that has seen her appear on ABC’s Comedy Up Late and on The Comedy Channel as part of the Just For Laughs Festival.

She has performed for the last 5 years with The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, and recently returned from India where she was a part of the Bengaluru Comedy Festival for the first time. She has also performed internationally at LA’s Laugh Factory, The Hollywood Improv and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Her most recent solo hour, Romanticide, was nominated for Best Comedy at the 2017 Perth FringeWorld Festival and as a playwright, she was nominated for a GLUG for her work on Hidden Sydney. Her podcast The Other Half will be released in 2018 in partnership with ABC. 

As an actor, Nikki appears in the Screen Australia web series Sheila’s and plays the lead role in short film Table for one, both due for release in 2018. She features in Matt Okine’s The Other Guy and toured the one woman Irish play 51 Shades of Maggie Muff around Australia for 2 years to sold-out crowds and critical acclaim. 

MEL

BUTTLE

Mel Buttle is a hilarious bundle of contradictions, and she’s a package that is rapidly making herself felt in all mediums, right across the country.

Since her first solo show in 2010 which scored her a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Mel has been performing on the live comedy circuit across the country going from strength to strength including in 2018, touring her brand-new comedy show, Dog Bitch.

As well as live performance, Mel is a sought-after writer with a weekly column in The Courier Mail, having written for ABC’s Ronny Cheing International Student, The Drum, ABC3’s You’re Skitting Me, Please Like Me, and being a full-time writer on Network Ten’s This Week Live.

You may have seen Mel on ABC TV’s The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Tractor Monkeys, Back Seat Drivers or It’s A Date as well as Network Ten’s The Project, This Week Live and NZ’s TV3 weekly program 7Days. 

In 2015, Mel found out she can have her cake and eat it too, scoring the job of co-host on The Great Australian Bake Off for Foxtel’s Lifestyle channel alongside her friend Claire Hooper and judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran. Bake Off returned to our screens for its third season in early 2018, with a fourth season recently recorded.

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