Artist Bios

 
 

Fiona O'Loughlin

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A late starter with an award winning career of almost 20 years, Fiona performs to packed houses in venues and festivals across the globe. Winner of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s (MICF) Best Newcomer Award in 2001, Fiona’s career has gone from strength to strength ever since. In 2006 she took home the coveted MICF Piece of Wood, an award for funniest show as voted for by other comedians. In 2007 and 2008 she was nominated for the MICF’s Barry Award for Best Show and in 2013, Fiona was awarded Adelaide Comedy’s Best Visiting Comedian award.

Fiona has also taken her unique story-based comedy to LA headlining the world-renowned Improv Comedy Club. In addition to repeat seasons in Hong Kong, performing at Edinburgh Fringe (the world’s largest Arts Festival) Montreal’s prestigious invitation-only Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and the UK’s oldest, Leicester Comedy Festival.

 

As well as a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, Fiona O’Loughlin is an accomplished Writer, TV presenter and Media Personality. Cast in the 2018 Network Ten Program “I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here” Fiona won the title of Queen of the Jungle. She has also appeared on ‘Hughesy We Have A Problem’(Network Ten), ‘Sunrise’ (Network 7), ‘Good News Week’ (Network Ten), ‘Spicks and Specks’ (ABC), ‘Dirty Laundry’ (ABC), ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ (Nine) as well as Network 10’s inaugural Melbourne International Comedy Festival All Stars Gala countless times.

 

Most recently, the award-winning national documentary series Australian Story filmed an episode on Fiona, which rated over 1.3 million viewers.

 

In recent years Fiona has overcome a well-documented ‘battle with the bottle’. This, like the other aspects of her life, has become ‘material’ for her stand-up. And Fiona is even funnier sober.



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Ciaran Lyons

"At only 22 years old, Ciaran Lyons (triple j, The Project) is one of Australia’s fastest rising stand up comedy stars and media personalities.

In 2019 alone, Ciaran appeared on the latest series of Channel Nine’s Talkin’ Bout Your Generation (Gen Z team), was selected to be the opening act for comedy superstars Theo Von, Demetri Martin and Ron Funches on their Australian tours, headlined shows across Australia and Malaysia, and even made front page news over almost losing his left testicle.

As Seen on Channel Ten’s The Project and heard on triple j, hosting every show nationally from the early morning show to the breakfast show and drive.

Ciaran has been absolutely dominating the Australian comedy scene since been selected by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the prestigious “Comedy Zone” in 2015, and named one of “WA's Hottest 100 People” by the Sunday Times in 2016."

 

Heath Franklin “Chopper”

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As 'Chopper', Heath Franklin is an Australian cultural and comedy icon. With his own TV show, four live comedy specials, 2 ARIA nominations, 1 Logie nomination and over 500,000 tickets sold worldwide, Chopper has nearly done it all.

The man behind the tatts and 'stache, Heath Franklin, is an Australian actor, comedic performer, improviser and writer. Franklin made his television debut on the sketch show, The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, from where his comedic impersonation of real-life criminal Mark 'Chopper' Read, became an international cult hit. In 2006, Franklin's talent was rewarded with the nomination an Australian TV Logie award, the inaugural Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent. Since 2007, he has toured Chopper across the country, and around the world, culminating in 2018, when Heath was awarded the Comedians Choice Award - The Piece of Wood Award - at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his sell-out, international tour 'Bogan Jesus'.

As Chopper, he created and performed the variety show, Chopper's Republic of Anzackistan (TV3/Network 10) in 2015, and featured in his own segment, Chopper's Weekly Review, on the Triple M Network's, Merrick and Australia drive show. Since 2009, he has also been a season regular on NZ's news panel show, 7 Days (TV3).

As himself, Heath Franklin has guest starred in numerous Australian comedies, such as Thank God You're Here, Drunk Histories and Review with Myles Barlow, as well as being regular cast in Best Bits (Seven), Wednesday Night Fever (ABC), How Not to Behave (ABC) and Randling (ABC).

In 2010, Heath Franklin made his feature film debut in the lead role of 'Mervyn Toebuck', alongside Jemaine Clement (of NZ's Flight of the Conchords) in the black comedy feature film, Predicament. He turned his hand to drama when he appeared Jane Campion's mystery drama series,Top of the Lake (ABC).

He is currently working on new TV and stage projects, and is a highly


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Mandy Knight

Time Out award winner MANDY KNIGHT is current winner of the Comic’s Comic

Award for best MC, has headlined all over the world including Dubai, Hong Kong, China, Thailand,

South Africa and Rickmansworth.

She has appeared on television Stand-up shows including; Live at Jongleurs, The Comedy Store

and The World Stands-Up for the Paramount Comedy Channel.

She was the very first female comic to MC the Jongleurs comedy chain. And the only woman

currently compering The Comedy Store in London and Manchester.

Watching Knight is like being punched by an iron fist in a velvet glove. She will leave you insulted

but breathless from laughter. She is not for the feint hearted or hard of thinking.

As a television actress, Mandy appeared as a main character in Jo Brand's Like it or Lump it. She

has also appeared with David Baddiel in The Baddiel Syndrome and on The Little Big Woman

Radio Show.

Her other television credits include presenting various shows including Live Time (a sort of

Richard and Judy style show - where she held fascinating interviews with people about things like

National Cheese Week) and writing for television for ITV's Des and Mel Show.

She is currently in development with SKY TV with a 6 x 1 hour comedy drama.

Her latest Edinburgh show “The Dark Knight” has played to sell-out audiences 2017/2018



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Suns Of Fred

"The Greatest Showmen & Another Guy"

 Join Suns of Fred for an energetic rollercoaster of fast-hitting live comedy! Talk about a triple threat in entertainment. More than a male cabaret trio, these home-grown heroes have saturated comedy over song and dance acts into one intense show, performing to sold out shows across Australia and internationally. This is a show you will remember! 

Wild Men of The West

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The Wild Men of Western Australian comedy are being unleashed onto the Comedy Lounge Daniel Delby, John Conway and Andrew Wolfe are joining forces to form the four horseman of the comedy apocalypse You’ve seen them storm the Comedy Lounge now it’s your chance to catch them live, raw and uncensored in a stand up show that’s too hot for your standard audience

 

Comedians VS Rappers

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COMEDIANS VS RAPPERS is a high paced Improv show which fuses rap and comedy. This concept is simple yet unique. We pit established comedians against the best battle rappers, and the result is magic. Teams of 4 or 5 rappers take on a team of comics in a variety of improvisational games, some rap related some not; culminating in the All-Out Rap Battle!







 

Comedy Gala’s

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The Side Splitter Gala Spectacular is the must-see event of the festival, featuring the hottest national comedy stars, legends of the craft and WA’s funniest people. Come and experience a bite-sized taster of the entire festival in this one glorious night; featuring short scripts from the highly anticipated headliner acts and many more! Catch all the Side Splitter stars in the fantastic ‘Rib-tickler’ main hall at Memorial Hall each and every night of the festival.