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.
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”
“★★★★★ 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
|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|
|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|
|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 )|
|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|
|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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