International Australian comedian Daniel Townes first hit the Sydney comedy scene with his acerbic, intelligent, and laid-back stand-up style in 2003, and quickly made his mark as one of the country’s best live acts and most sought after comedians. His live performances are packed with killer one-liners, insightful social commentary, and dark and hilarious personal stories.
Constantly in demand, he’s performed at the prestigious invite-only Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, and won over audiences worldwide with his dry wit, disarming delivery, and cheeky smile: headlining and hosting at comedy clubs throughout Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Spain, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, The Netherlands, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha.
Daniel is a regular feature at comedy and fringe festivals around the globe, and has performed a new show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival every year since 2005 – with successful seasons also at Adelaide Fringe, Perth International Comedy Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Sydney Comedy Festival, where in 2011 he was nominated for Time Out Magazines Sydney’s Best Comedian Award, and the Peoples Choice Award. He’s toured Australia wide with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow since 2007, and hosted the Hong Kong and Singapore tours in 2013.
He was recently featured in the Buzzfeed list of the funniest comedians to follow on Twitter, and because he likes a challenge, in 2014 he performed at Malmsbury Juvenile Detention Centre just outside of Melbourne.
“Daniel Townes is a small-name comedian with a big talent. It feels like you’re sitting down with a mate, discussing the ridiculousness of life. Townes is genuinely funny, I highly recommend him to anyone tired of seeing big names coast on their reputations.” – The Age
“It takes real talent to summarize all our shortcomings as a society and still entertain an audience. Luckily, Daniel Townes is a very talented comedian.” – The Music 2015
“A stand-up’s stand-up, he eschews contrived themes and narrative for an hour dense with jokes, searing observation and the odd deliberate groaner. His rapid-fire delivery means you probably get more gags per minute than from any other comic at the Fringe.” – ripitup.com.au
“A breath of fresh air” – Rolling Stone Magazine
“Special mention to Daniel Townes’ laid-back, one-liner comedy for making stand-up look so easy, anyone can do it, right?” – The Music 2016
“Dazzlingly funny.” – Herald Sun 2015
“This highly personal and honest reflection is a touching journey interspersed with top-mark laughs, clever call backs and acerbic social commentary.” – Herald Sun 2014
Disarmingly frank and laugh-out-loud funny, this is a show I would recommend highly.” – Squirrel Comedy 2014
“Townes shows his years of experience as a performer in knowing how and when to throw in the one-liners, non-sequiturs, dad-jokes and call backs” – Arts Hub Perth
“Daniel Townes is a fine example of interesting, intelligent and hilarious stand up.” – rhum.org.au
“Fascinating…Freaking hilarious…You’re in absolutely safe hands with this guy.” – RTR FM Perth
“There wasn’t one joke from Townes that didn’t receive a massive response.” – Midwest Times
“What elevates Townes’s set is his skilful turn of phrase, with each little whine encapsulated in a well-judged nugget of wit, nicely rounding off the point he’s making” Chortle (UK)
“Daniel Townes is charming and disarming as much as he is humorous. The trick is to have a whip-crack laugh at the end of the joke, and Townes shows his professionalism by slipping in that ripper almost without ceremony. With any luck he’ll become a regular at future festivals.” -Adelaide Advertiser
“A must see” – Yawp Magazine
With John Cruckshank – A brilliant young comedian finding an original stride. John is making huge waves on the national comedy circuit with his clever, sharp and well-paced jokes. His laid back approach sucks you in follow
His unassuming presence and brutal honesty make for continuous laughs, all of which he will thank you for. Banging out the laughs. Simply, Pure comedy.
The delivery, warts and all, is spectacularly funny. His unassuming presence and brutal honesty make for continuous laughs, all of which he will thank you for” Herald Sun
And Jen Carnovale is an Australian comedian from Sydney who has travelled from quaint bookstores in Canberra to Latvian kind-of scary warehouses to perform stand up. She has toured across the UK, Australia, all the good looking parts of Europe and tasty parts of Asia.
Jen began her stand up career in a comedy duo; The Cloud Girls, who won the ‘Best Newcomer’ award at Sydney Comedy Festival in 2010 and were selected as one of the‘Top Ten Next Big Things in Comedy’ in 2011 by Sydney Morning Herald/ The Age. The Cloud Girls went on to perform at numerous festivals including Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, TINA, Playground Weekender and Peats Ridge. They were radio presenters for ABC Triple J and received a four star review by Time Out Sydney before both performers decided it was time to go solo.
Jen relocated to London at the end of 2011, and by 2012 was a Semi-Finalist for both Funny Women Comedy Awards and Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year Awards. Performing for two years across the UK, rain, hail or minus five, prepared Jen for 2013 which saw her perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Hong Kong International Comedy festival, and headline a comedy tour across the Baltics before returning to Sydney.
Since being home Jen has performed sold out shows at Sydney Comedy Festival and Sydney Fringe Festival as well as headlining great comedy rooms round Australia mate!
Jen has been described as ‘Brilliant’ by Comedy Estonia, ‘Outstanding razor-sharp slices of observational comedy” by Funny Women, and the New York Comedy Night in Paris said “She lights up the stage with her bubbling wit and sharp derision. The audience is left with no choice but to be charmed”
You can hear Jen most weekends as a regular host on 2ser Radios The Vultures Nest or see her in her newest show ‘Jen Carnovale Wronger Than You’ at this years Newcastle Fringe, Sydney Comedy festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and see if all those guys and gals in the previous paragraph were telling the truth.
PLUS THREE SPECIAL GUEST COMEDIANS