Sam Simmons

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Sam is one of the most daring and unconventional comics in Australia, completely original and vastly absurd, he has one foot firmly planted into the soils of reality, and the other rooted deep in a determination to redefine silliness.

Sam has collected awards, glowing reviews, and played to sell out houses around the country and in 2011 was nominated for Edinburgh’s big prize, the Fosters Comedy Award (the comedy equivalent of an Oscar). In 2012, Sam led a handpicked cast for his four part ABC sketch comedy series, Problems. Now hovering between Australia, London and Los Angeles, Sam is a true Australian original.

His highlight for 2013 was appearing and performing stand up on the Conan O’Brien show in the USA. 

Sam Simmons

Comedian / Writer / Broadcaster

 

Sam is one of the most daring and unconventional comics in Australia, completely original and vastly absurd, he has one foot firmly planted into the soils of reality, and the other rooted deep into the psyche of being silly.

 

Sam is a multi award winning cult figure within the Australian comedy scene.  He has collected awards, glowing reviews, and played to sell out houses around the world.

 

His 2006 solo show, Tales of the Erotic Cat picked up a prestigious nomination for the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2008’s Where Can I Win A Bear Around Here? won the much respected Festival Director's Choice Award, and in 2010 Sam picked up the Piece Of Wood Award for his solo show, Fail, as well as the Golden Gibbo Award for The Incident which he performed with fellow comedian, David Quirk. 

 

2011 saw Sam take home the award for Best Comedy Show at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, not to mention scoring a nomination for a Barry Award for his solo show, The Precise History of Things and a nomination for Edinburgh’s top Fosters Comedy Award (the comedy equivalent of an Oscar) for Meanwhile.

 

Continuing to perform his stand up shows to sell out houses at comedy festivals around Australia, Sam has also performed his solo shows four times at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, twice at the prestigious invitation only Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival as well as JFL festivals in Chicago, Toronto and at the Sydney Opera House.

 

 “★★★★★” The Age 2007

 

Joyous on the radiowaves, Sam has made Australian youth radio network Triple J his own.  2008/09 saw him at the helm of the Weekend Breakfast Show as well as weekday Breakfast and Drive Shows and he is still now a regular contributor across the station.

In 2012 Sam assembled a wonderful cast of Australia's pre-eminent absurdists for Problems (ABC1)a four part journey through the cream brick neverland that is the Australian suburbs.  In 2013, Problems was broadcast and received with applause throughout the UK on UKTV’s Dave. 2013 also saw Sam make his US television debut on comedy powerhouse Conan on TBS.

 

Sam is now conquering the globe spending his time hovering between Australia, London and Los Angeles introducing his comedy to the world.

Alongside his comedy, Sam has worked within animal enrichment at the Melbourne Zoo with elephants, seals, reptiles and small native mammals.

 

“a breathlessly inventive psycho-comedy ★★★★★” Independent,  UK

 

 

“★★★★★ Sam Simmons’ show is a comedy masterpiece”

The Scotsman

 

 

★★★★★ Welcome to the most absurdly crazy world orbiting the Fringe, featuring some of the most original comic concepts and laugh out loud moments of any Edinburgh show in the past 20 years”

The Herald, UK

 

 

★★★★★ Simmons is a wide-eyed, frantically energetic stage presence. 'Problems' made me want to leap to my feet and scream "Genius!" in an outrageous French accent”

Three Weeks, UK

 

 

★★★★★ When held against the rules of comedy super stardom, Simmons is a lawless gent indeed. Through laughter he will seduce you into his dinky, intimate underside… If you’re looking for the best of the truly transgressive fest, Erotic Cat should be on your hit list.”  The Age

 

 

★★★★★…it’s a cult in the making”

Scotland On Sunday

 

 

“Here is one of those rare surreal comedians who doesn’t tell jokes and rely on observational humour. He’s just out there, in Sam Simmons land, a place so weird and wonderful he’s just bursting (in a nerdy bespectacled kind of way) to share it with the rest of us… check your sanity at the door and just laugh yourself silly.”

The Adelaide Advertiser

 

 

Live Shows

2013 Sam Simmons Live - Solo Show Toronto Just For Laughs Festival, Sydney Comedy Store
2013 Sam Simmons has Problems - Solo Show Chicago Just For Laughs Festival
2013 Meanwhile - Solo Show Montreal Just For Laughs Festival
2013 Shitty Trivia - Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Soho Theatre London
2012 About The Weather – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, Sydney Opera House Just For Laughs Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Astor Theatre (Perth), Soho Theatre London
2012 The Necessity of Being Silly – TEDx Talk Carriageworks, Sydney
2011 Meanwhile – Solo Show Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soho Theatre (London)
2011 The Precise History of Things – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Factory Theatre (Sydney), The Astor Theatre (Perth)
2011 Fail – Solo Show Soho Theatre, London
2010 Fail – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, The Astor Theatre (WA)
2010 The Incident – with David Quirk – Moosehead Recipient Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2009 Problems – Solo Show Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2009 Sam Simmons In The Net Starring Sandra Bullock – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival
2009 The Sam Simmons Experience – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival
2008 The Sam Simmons Experience – Solo Show The Spiegeltent, Sydney Opera House
2008 Where Can I Win a Bear Around Here? – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2007 The Sex & Science of Boredom – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2006 Tales from the Erotic Cat – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sydney Cracker Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2006 The Sunshine Factory Part 2 – with Dave Callan Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2005 The Sunshine Factory – with Dave Callan Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2004 Heckle & Hyde The Murder Mystery – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2003 The Steve Promise Story – Moosehead Recipient Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival

 

Television

2013 Dave (UK) Problems (Writer, Performer)
2013 tbs (USA) CONAN (Stand Up)
2013 Comedy Central (USA) Adam Devine's House Party (Guest)
2013 ABC 2 Comedy Up Late (Comedy Spot)
2013 Network Ten Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Comedy Spot)
2013 ABC TV Tractor Monkeys (Guest)
2013 ABC TV Problems (Writer, Performer)
2012 Channel Seven The Unbelievable Truth (Guest, two episodes)
2012 BBC Three BBC Three Comedy Marathon (writer/performer)
2012 Network Ten The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up)
2011 ABC TV Warehouse Comedy Festival, Sam Simmons in ‘Fail’ (Solo stand up comedy show)
2011 Network Ten The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up)
2011 ABC TV The Trophy Room (Guest)
2010 Network Ten The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up)
2009 Network Ten Rove (Stand Up)
2009 Network Ten The 7PM Project -Metro Whip Around (Guest)
2008 -09 ABC TV JTV (regular host & contributor)
2008 Comedy Channel Stand Up! Australia (Stand Up Appearance)
2007 ABC TV The Urban Monkey - Pilot
2007 ABC TV The Sideshow (Stand Up Appearance)
2007 ABC TV JTV (regular guest host & contributor)
2006 Comedy Channel Stand Up! Australia (Stand Up Appearance)
2006 Comedy Channel Stand Up! Australia (Stand Up Appearance x2)
2005 Channel 7 Comic Relief
2004 ABC TV Stand Up
2004 Comedy Channel On the Streets
2003 ABC TV RAW Comedy National Finals
2003 Comedy Channel On the Streets

 

Radio

2009-13 Triple J Various
2012 CBC (Canada) The Debaters (Guest)
2011 Triple J 24 Hour Radio Marathon (Creator and Host)
2008 Triple J Weekend Breakfast Host
2008 Triple J Breakfast Show (regular guest & contributor)
2008 Triple J Drive Show (regular guest & contributor)
2007 Triple J “Stranger Danger” Weekly Segment Drive Show with Robbie Buck
2007 Triple J The Tuck Shop Regular Mid Dawn Shift (Host)
2006 Triple J “Stranger Danger” Weekly Segment Drive Show with Robbie Buck
2005 Triple J Regular Guest with Dave Callan
2005 Fox FM Better than Church Regular Guest as “The Animal Guy”
2003 - 2004 Triple R Breakfast Show “The Pinch” (Regular Guest )

 

Writing

2009 Rove Regular Writer
2008 Triple J Various programs
2007 Triple J Various programs
2006 Network Ten Ronnie Johns Half Hour Script Writer

 

Acting, Online & DVD

2012 ABC TV “Problems”, writer, creator and star of four part television series.
2011 Madman Entertainment Warehouse Comedy Festival “Fail”, Stand up DVD
2011 Sydney Morning Herald Online Creating, writing and starring in 6 commissioned webisodes for the SMH
2009 ABC TV The Urban Monkey With Murray Foote (Creator and Performer)
2004 Shock Records “Anyone’s” Music Video
2002 BMG Records “Something for Kate” Music Video

 

Awards

2012 Nominee, Helpmann Awards, Best Comedy Performer
2011 Nominee, Fosters Comedy Award, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2011 Winner, Best Comedy Show, Adelaide Fringe Festival
2011 Sydney Morning Herald, M Award for Best Comedy
2011 Nominee, Barry Award, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2010 Winner, Piece Of Wood Award, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2010 Winner, Golden Gibbo Award – Melbourne International Comedy Festival, with David Quirk for The Incident
2008 Winner Festival Directors’ Choice Award – Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2006 Barry Award Nominee – Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2006 Best Comedy – Adelaide Fringe Festival Emerging Artist Award
2006 Best Comedy – Squirrel Grip Award Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2005 Golden Gibbo Award Nominee – Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2003 National Finalist in the Triple J RAW Comedy Competition
2003 Moosehead Award Recipient – Melbourne International Comedy Festival

 

 

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Last Updated: January 2014

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