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Lawrence Mooney

Lawrence Mooney is a stand-up comedian widely regarded by fans and peers as one of the funniest of the funniest. His brutally honest and hilarious insights have earned him Best Show Sydney Comedy Festival 2015 and a Barry Award Nomination for Best Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015

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Charlie Pickering

Edgy, polished and inventive, Charlie Pickering is one of the most exciting names in Australian comedy. Charlie is a political junkie, law graduate and was the voice of his generation as a regular team captain for Generation X on Network Ten’s quiz show Talkin’ ‘bout Your Generation. He was also on your TV screen every weeknight for 5 years as co-host of The Project where the day’s news is dissected, digested and re-constituted by some of Australia’s funniest and smartest.

In 2015 Charlie joined the team at ABC TV to premiere a news comedy show, a tonight show, a chat show and a panel show all in one - The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. The critically acclaimed show aired its third season in 2017 and features an annual end-of-year special The Yearly, which covers the highlights and lowlights in news and current affairs.

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Dilruk Jayasinha

Hailing from Sri Lanka, Dilruk relocated to Melbourne to attend university. Having completed a degree in accounting, he started working for one of the "Big Four." However, after performing at an open mic night in 2010, that all changed... 

Dil is now a regular on the comedy scene around Melbourne and with a reputation for consistently nailing his shows, Dil has been invited to perform all over the country as well as internationally and in 2017 he completely sold out his run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with his brand new show The Art of the Dil.


Claire Hooper

Claire Hooper started on the stage - crafting engaging, innovative live shows that blended stand-up, theatre and some hammer dancing. Her 2006 show, 'Oh', earned her both critical acclaim and a nomination for the Melbourne Comedy Festival's Best Newcomer award. A born storyteller with a sharp wit, Claire has gone on to regularly perform at festivals and comedy rooms all over the country.

In 2015, Claire landed her dream job as co-host of The Great Australian Bake Off alongside seriously funny Mel Buttle as well as judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran. Bake Off aired in 2015 and was been warmly received right across the country. The third season is set to go to air in 2017.

Jo Stanley

Jo is a co-host of breakfast radio show, Jo and Lehmo on Gold 104.3 in Melbourne. Combined with the decade she spent as one half of the No 1 rating Matt and Jo Show, Jo had over 10 years interviewing superstars, making celebrities out of local listeners and crossing the boundaries of sharing Too Much Information.


Geraldine Hickey

Melbourne-based comedian and Triple R ‘Breakfasters’ host Geraldine Hickey has been a fixture on the comedy circuit for years now, making clever observations and telling personal stories in her trademark warm, conversational manner.