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Andrew O'Keefe

Formerly an intellectual property lawyer, Andrew O'Keefe is best known as the game show host of Channel Seven's 'Deal or No Deal' and as co-host of the 'Weekend Sunrise' program. Andrew's sharp wit, sparkling charisma and unique presentation style have earned him great popularity as a master of ceremonies, presenter and conference facilitator.

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Testimonials for Andrew O'Keefe

“Andrew was an exceptional Master of Ceremonies. His wit and humour were instrumental in encouraging the [audience] to donate generously. His performance as auctioneer was exceptional and he managed to keep the audience thoroughly entertained. Andrew's energy and stage presence brought an edge of professionalism to the evening."

“O'Keefe is affable, intelligent, laid-back, and doesn't duck issues. His schmoozing technique with guests is admirable. The guy's a natural...everyone's saying so."

“Well, how fantastic was that! I didn't ever think I'd gone out on too finer limb when I recommended you, but you really did exceed my expectations. We were so appreciative of your positive reaction from the time we sat in the ANZ boardroom. Your focus and general feedback on ideas and concepts was terrific... You were dealt a blow when your welcoming piece suffered at the hands of the house PA system, but it is a great credit to you that you were able to regain the audience attention and keep them with you once you could be heard. A tough task indeed. ANZ were thrilled with your performance and so were we. The feedback on both the dinner and you personally has been great."
Andrew O'Keefe Travels from NSW
Fee Range: ::$10001 to $15000

Andrew O'Keefe's Biography

One of five children, Andrew thought he would follow his fathers footsteps into law, his father being former Supreme Court Judge Barry O'Keefe. Andrew spent 10 years studying law at university, primarily because he loved the lifestyle which included playing trumpet and piano. As it turns out, Andrew felt he lacked the passion necessary to pursue a career in law, and after a stint practicing intellectual property law with Australian law firm Allens Arthur Robinson and then with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Sydney, Andrew succumbed to the calling of show business, perhaps inspired by his late uncle, legendary bad boy Johnny O'Keefe.

Passionate about art, music, social justice and politics, Andrew was a member of the Australian Schools Debating Team where he was named Best Speaker at the World Schools' Debating Championships in Canada in 1990. He also completed a Diploma in classical singing and, recognised as one of Australia's best comedy improvisers, he was a member of the 2001 World Impro Championships at the Motreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.

Andrew's television career kick started in 2003, when his talent as a comedian, writer and performer saw him starring in Channel Seven's AFI nominated sketch show 'Big Bite' (the same show on which 'Summer Heights High's' Chris Lilley made his television debut). In 2004 Andrew was nominated for a Logie Award in the category of Best New Male Talent for this popular comedy sketch television series, with his close-to-the-bone impersonations of figures such as Russell Crowe, Eddie McGuire and Mel Gibson.

In late 2003 Andrew also started hosting 'Deal or No Deal', the first version of the show outside it's home country of the Netherlands, then in 2004 Andrew co-hosted the historic tri-network tsunami appeal 'Reach Out' with fellow presenters Eddie McGuire and Rove McManus. The appeal raised over $20 million for tsunami relief efforts around Asia and the chemistry between the hosts was so positive that the three teamed up the following year to host the Logie Awards.

From 2007 to 2009, Andrew hosted the quiz show 'The Rich List' and in 2006, he took the helm of 'Weekend Sunrise', which he still co-hosts with Monique Wright. He has also substituted for David Koch on 'Sunrise', presenting the program for two weeks during the summer of 2013 alongside his former 'Weekend Sunrise' co-host Samantha Armytage.

Andrew's passion for social justice has seen him as a past Chairman of the White Ribbon Foundation in Australia, an organisation dedicated to the prevention of violence against women. Andrew was one of the founding members of the campaign and has been an ambassador since 2004. As a result of his involvement with the Foundation, Andrew was apointed to the inaugural National Council for the Prevention of Violence Against Women, which drafted the report 'Time for Action: Australia's National Plan for Reducing Violence Against Women and their Children' on behalf of the federal government. He is also a supporter of the Garvan Institute for gene research, the Ian Tucker Sports Injuries Foundation, Father Riley's Youth Off The Street, Kids of Kokoda, the Bell Shakespeare Company, The Willderness Society and Marie Claire magazine's Business Chicks for Kids'Help Line.

Andrew lives in Sydney with his wife Eleanor who is a social worker. Together they have three children.

This quick witted, articulate and most charismatic personality makes for a perfect master of ceremonies, conference facilitator or event host. A consumate professional, Andrew's media and improvisation experience will ensure a fantastic event every time.