These are just some of the Newcastle based comics you might see at a Newcastle Comedy gig. We also have comics from all over the country who regularly make the trip to Newcastle to perform.
Jason is a national award winning comedian whose comic diversity makes him a hit with all audiences. He effortlessly changes styles from astute observations to slapstick; song parody to bizarre predictions; skits to stand up and everything in between. Since starting his Stand Up career in 1990 he has won many comedy competitions, written and performed for television and radio and performed at venues across the country and overseas. Jason is truly a must see performer.
Brendon learnt Stand Up the hard way, cutting his teeth on comedy in the pubs and clubs of Newcastle. This has given him the unique ability to deliver fast paced, hilarious Stand Up, while simultaneously being able to dodge schooner glasses. He is a regular MC and Support Act on the Sydney comedy circuit, has performed stand up on television and radio, and appeared in shows at the 2009 and 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festivals. Brendon is currently the resident MC of Newcastle’s longest running comedy room.
Who: Matty B, 27 years, male, brown hair, brown eyes, 5’10, thin build, arrest on site.
What: Matty B is a comedian, writer, musician, juggler who has brought his left of centre perspective to all facets of his writing and performance. His surreal and frequently outright silly sense of humour will lure you into a world where walking your dog can be a treacharous ordeal and mermaids host underage raves in remote cave systems.
Where: Matty is currently based in Newcastle, Australia and performs frequently in both the local and Sydney club comedy scenes.
When: Stay tuned to the website for updates on when you can catch Matty B.
Why: Because he has proven to be incapable of doing anything much else, really.
Soame has officially been doing stand-up since about 2004 although he’s been entertaining friends at parties and around dinner tables all of his life. He has performed at pubs and clubs around Newcastle, as well as private parties and corporate events, and has even performed in Hong Kong. Always looking for a laugh and a funny angle on things, Soame considers himself to be a master punster and has come out with some of the best, and indeed some of the worst puns ever conceived. Prior to beginning stand-up in Newcastle, Soame presented a one hour comedy show called ‘The Bright Side’, on Port Stephens FM community radio for two and a half years, where he built up quite a following. Soame has been told that he has a presence on stage, is witty and intelligent, and is more of a story teller than a gag maker.
Ryan Black burst onto the comedy scene in 2010 and quickly established himself as a highly talented performer. His laid back, ‘Aussie style’ of performance allows him to connect to any audience as he Ryan has performed at the highest level in Australia’s biggest national comedy competitions, making the NSW State Grand Final in Triple J’s Raw Comedy in 2011 and the finals of the ‘Quest for the Best’ comedy competition in 2010.
Rob Bukey is a level 25 stand-up comedian with over 9000 EXP. His special skills include logic, appearing more intelligent than he is and referencing TV shows nobody has watched. Rob entered into the stand-up scene via the usual way after performing at many children’s parties, releasing a CD of rap music for nerds, writing a hit you Tube love song to Hermione and being rejected from Australian Idol. Growing up Rob was always playing nintendo, reading science articles, cosplaying or playing European boardgames which really prepared him to hit the stage in a pub environment. Rob would like to do material on the differences between men and women but he knows nothing about women. Please be his friend.
For someone with less than two years of stand up comedy experience, Gareth Wasik brings the energy and confidence of a seasoned professional to the stage. Gareth secured his first paid corporate comedy gig within his first year of performing, and now appears regularly on the club and corporate scene. Gareth’s comedy is not for the faint hearted but his likeability and stage presence are a hit with all audiences (just don’t book him for your kid’s birthday party). In 2011 Gareth established the Pit to Port Comedy Tour, which brought quality Stand Up shows to regional NSW…. and he looks set to take Newcastle Comedy on the road for more comedy tours in 2012.
David Hopkins is one of Newcastle’s youngest stand-up comics. David performs regularly in comedy gigs throughout Newcastle, with his typically off-the-wall and imaginative material. He is also the much-esteemed president of the University of Newcastle’s Affordable Wine Appreciation Society (a.k.a. The Goonion). You can catch him on the radio Monday nights 8-10pm where he co-hosts Newcastle’s Dungeon on 103.7 2nurfm.