An absolutely cracker line up of talent! Grab your tickets, they’ll go fast!
Dave Eastgate is an actor, stand-up comedian, writer and musician who lives in Sydney, Australia and is one of the stars of Channel 9’s brand new drama series, Doctor Doctor, airing in late 2016.
In 2015, Dave starred alongside his comedy idols, Glenn Robbins, Magda Szubanski, Gina Riley & Jane Turner in the Comedy Channel’s flag ship, sketch comedy series, Open Slather. The series ran for 20 episodes and featured Dave in sketches alongside, UFC Champ Ronda Rousey & Grammy Award Winner, Sting.
Other credits include the multi-award winning ABC comedy series, A Moody Xmas & it’s sequel, The Moody’s, as well as Maximum Choppage, Soul Mates, Ronnie Cheing: International Student and Channel 9’s smash hit comedy Here Come The Habibs.
Stand-up comedy remains Dave’s staple as he tours extensively around Australia and internationally in NZ, UK, US, Singapore and even in the Middle East for the Australian Defence Force. In 2012 Dave shared the stage with Academy Award Winner, Robin Williams during his Australian tour and considers it a career highlight. Other highlights include playing sold out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 & 2012 & performing at the UK’s biggest heavy metal festival ‘Download’ in 2012. In addition to this Dave has supported touring international comics such as Arj Barker, Rich Fulcher, Jim Jefferies, Jeff Ross and Ross Noble. Dave has appeared as a stand-up comedian on Channel 9’s Mornings, SBS’s The Full Brazilian, Channel 10’s Thursday Night Live and the Comedy Channel’s Stand Up Australia and Just For Laughs at The Sydney Opera House.
Dave has truly cemented himself as one of the best live comedy acts in the country. It’s this reputation that landed him gigs as the audience warm-up for Big Brother, Australian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Australia’s Got Talent, The X-Factor & The Voice. His corporate clients now include Westpac, NAB, McDonald’s, P&O, Jim Beam Global, Microsoft Australia, Virgin Mobile (UK), Irun Bru (UK), Blundstones, ALH Group and The Gold Coast Titans Rugby League Club.
Outside of comedy and acting however is Dave’s passion for rock n’ roll. In 2013, his band, Dave Eastgate & Boner Contention, were the house band for the ABC sketch comedy show, Wednesday Night Fever, performing the opening and closing titles, stings and original numbers written by Dave, himself. For the past two years they have held a weekly residency at Australia’s premiere rock venue, Frankie’s Pizza by The Slice, where they host LIVE Hard Rockin Karaoke, a night when regular punters can sing their favourite rock tunes, with arguably, the hardest band in Australia!
A penchant for performing began as a child growing up in Papua New Guinea where his father was stationed as a diplomatic attaché with the Australian Defence Force. The family moved to the Gold Coast when Dave was a teenager and the self confessed “black sheep” began his professional career performing characters, stunts and music in the Queensland resort town’s famous theme parks, theatre restaurants and comedy clubs from the age of 16.
In 2001 at the age of 21 Dave headed to Osaka to work as a street/stunt performer at Universal Studios Japan. Immersed in the language and the culture of Japan, Dave spent 5 years performing his own characters, stunts and music. During this time Dave also toured the country as a singer/guitarist with a Japanese punk band, performed Japanese stand-up comedy and made several television and radio appearances… IN FLUENT JAPANESE!!!
A short stint backpacking and performing open-mics in NY, LA, Toronto and the UK followed before Dave would return to Oz in 2006 determined to “work his ass off” touring stand-up clubs and pubs around Australia, audition for anything he could get and form the greatest band on earth. In the ten years since, that decision has truly paid off.
With London born Anil Desai – Anil’s awe-inspiring and record-breaking ‘52 impressions in 5 minutes’ routine led to him becoming one of the best impressionist comedians performing on the international circuit. A seasoned pro, and veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe, he has played on many of the world’s best stages from The Comedy Store, The World Famous Spiegel Tent, The Wellington Opera House and Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, and, in recent years at the Melbourne, Sydney, & New Zealand International Comedy Festivals, performing to sell out houses.
Along the way this international man of mimicry has brought laughter to over 25 countries in Europe, Australasia, Africa, Asia and with Carnival Cruises in The South Pacific
Award winning Anil’s unique style of feel good, energetic, stand-up comedy draws on his real life experiences and observations, fusing his sets with a who’s who of amazing impressions as he transforms himself into our favourite celebrities with dynamic speed and lovable charm, to create hilariously entertaining results.
Alongside all the comedy adventures, Anil has worked as a professional actor for over 20 years in British Film, Television, Radio and Theatre. He created his own series How to Impersonate for BBC Comedy Extra and has numerous Television & Radio credits for BBC, CBBC, CH4, ITV, CH9, STV, TVNZ, CH10
And improv. genius Rebecca De Unamuno, known from her several appearances on programs such as The Glass House, CNNNN, The Chaser’s War on Everything, Stand Up Australia, Comedy Slapdown, Kath and Kim and Comedy Inc – The Late Shift. She’s a comedian, actor, radio host, voice-over artiste, improv legend and all around comedy superstar. This woman oozes talent. (in a good way)
In the world of Theatresports, Rebecca is a two-time Cranston Cup champion and was a member of the Australian team which won the 2001 Improv World Cup. Rebecca was the first woman in the history of the competition to be named Player of the Tournament (aka World Impro Champion).
“Rebecca De Unamuno is possibly the smartest, sharpest, most versatile performer I have ever known.” – Jason Alexander (George Costanza, Seinfeld)
“…something few comics would dare contemplate” – SMH
“it’s like watching a magician and wondering what the secret to her craft is” – Impress Magazine
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