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Page 1 of 2 Media Release Thursday 10 May, 2007 MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL BEST NEWCOMER TO PERFORM AT BRISBANE POWERHOUSE “The Comedy Festival's most junior player is also one of its best * * * * ” The Age on Josh Thomas Awarded Best Newcomer at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF), Josh Thomas will perform alongside Charlie Pickering and headliner Rod Quantock to relaunch free comedy program Livewired at Brisbane Powerhouse on Sunday 10 June 2007. After performing his debut solo show, ‘Please Like Me’, at MICF to rave reviews and sell out crowds, Brisbane comedian Josh Thomas says he is excited to relaunch and coordinate Livewired, a free comedy event at the Powerhouse every Sunday. “This year’s Livewired will be so exciting and full of my favourite comics from around the city and country, along with a few international artists who are keen to try out new material on Brisbane crowds,” Thomas said. “I’m personally really inspired by both Charlie Pickering and Rod Quantock; Rod is an Australian comedy legend and I’m so looking forward to working with him,” he said. Having supported the likes of Dave Hughes, Josh Thomas will perform material from his debut solo show, ‘Please Like Me’, which was rated 4 stars by The Age. Livewired headliner Rod Quantock was head writer of Back Berner, a guest panellist on Good News Week, the face of Captain Snooze TV advertisements throughout the '80s and '90s and has appeared on ABC's Stand Up! Rod Quantock performs and tours regularly, including the annual comedy festivals in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Rove Live and The Glass House performer Charlie Pickering has performed to sell out crowds across the globe. Nominations for the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Fringe (2005) and the Barry Award, the top award presented at the MICF (2006), are among Pickering’s stand up comedy achievements. In 2006 Charlie Pickering performed solo seasons at Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sydney’s Cracker Comedy Festival, MICF, NZ International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Brisbane Powerhouse Director Andrew Ross says the Livewired line up is “a special treat for comedy lovers” and part of the Brisbane Powerhouse official opening weekend celebration. “This is an exciting opportunity to see some of Australia’s best comedy talent in action, put some laughter into the long weekend, and celebrate the reopening of our newly refurbished Brisbane Powerhouse,” Ross said. Livewired features performances by local, national and international comedians every Sunday evening following Live Spark, the free live music program. Brisbane Powerhouse will reopen on Friday 1 June 2007 and host official weekend celebrations from Saturday 9 June to Monday 11 June 2007. -ENDS- Date Sunday 10 June 2007 Time 6.30pm Venue Turbine Platform Tickets FREE Bookings 07 3358 8600 or brisbanepowerhouse.org For further information, images and interview opportunities please contact Brisbane Powerhouse Marketing & Publicity Coordinator, Dorothy Farrell p 07 3358 8643 m 0423 463 278 f 07 3358 8611 e firstname.lastname@example.org OR Brisbane Powerhouse PR Manager, Olivia Guglielmino p 07 3358 8671 m 0409 187 289 f 07 3358 8611 e email@example.com Page 2 of 2 ROD QUANTOCK – BIOGRAPHY quantock.com.au Rod Quantock is an Australian stand-up comedian and writer. He is known for his stand-up comedy work in Australia, and for his writing for numerous television shows. He is head writer of Back Berner. The bushy-bearded Quantock was also a guest panellist on Good News Week during the late 1990s. He starred in a series of television advertisements for bed retailer Captain Snooze from the '80s to the late '90s. In 2005, he appeared as the subject of an art exhibition displayed at Crown Casino. Quantock still performs and tours regularly, including the annual comedy festivals in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. He has appeared on the ABC's Standing Up a number of times. "a master of effortless comedy" The Sydney Morning Herald CHARLIE PICKERING – BIOGRAPHY charliepickering.com Edgy, polished and inventive, Charlie Pickering is possibly the most exciting new name in Australian comedy. 2006 was a massive year, with Charlie performing solo seasons at the Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Cracker Comedy Festival in Sydney, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, NZ International Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as performing in his first Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala and a stint at the Cape Town Comedy Festival in South Africa. Yes, our Charlie sure does get around! Charlie premiered his new show Auto at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and topped off a sell out season with a prestigious Barry Award Nomination for Most Outstanding Show. Auto then travelled to New Zealand and Edinburgh to rave reviews, followed by a season at the Soho Theatre in London. 2005 was also huge for Charlie as he picked up a Perrier Best Newcomer Nomination in Edinburgh and was named Best International Guest by the NZ Comedy Guild. Charlie began to perform solo stand up in the pubs and clubs of Melbourne in 2000. He started the cult comedy room Stagetime with fellow comic Michael Chamberlin, each taking turns as compere. Since then he has built a reputation as a quality performer, a talented host and a natural storyteller. But his talents don’t end with live work. Charlie spent two years co-hosting Triple J’s Drive Show and was a regular on ABC-TV’s comedy show Stand Up! You may also have spotted him in 2004 most Friday morning’s with Michael Chamberlin dissecting the news of the week on Nine’s Today program. Most recently he has been a regular host on the Comedy Channel and also performed stand up on Rove [Live]. “Australia’s Best * * * * ” The Adelaide Advertiser JOSH THOMAS – BIOGRAPHY hlamgt.com.au/josh-thomas.htm Josh was the youngest ever winner of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Raw Comedy competition in 2005 aged just 17. Since then Josh has performed over 300 live stand-up gigs in Australia and beyond. These include performances at the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he made the finals of ‘So You Think You're Funny', Edinburgh's equivalent to Raw Comedy. In April 2006 Josh appeared in the critically acclaimed group show Comedy Zone at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and was then asked to perform at the annual Brian McCarthy Memorial Moosehead Award Benefit Gala. Josh has been heard on the ABC's Triple J Breakfast Show, Brisbane's 612 ABC, Triple M Brisbane and he currently presents Triple Z’s Comedy Show on Saturdays from 5-6pm. Josh supported Dave Hughes in Brisbane for his ‘Hughesy Rides Again Tour’ playing to 3000 people and recently recorded an appearance on Stand up Australia! for the Comedy Channel. ”the Comedy Festival's most junior player is also one of its best * * * * ” – The Age For further information, images and interview opportunities please contact Brisbane Powerhouse Marketing & Publicity Coordinator, Dorothy Farrell p 07 3358 8643 m 0423 463 278 f 07 3358 8611 e firstname.lastname@example.org OR Brisbane Powerhouse PR Manager, Olivia Guglielmino p 07 3358 8671 m 0409 187 289 f 07 3358 8611 e email@example.com
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