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Bryan Dawe

Bryan Dawe

Bryan Dawe is one of Australia’s finest political satirists. He has enjoyed a long, successful career writing and performing on national radio, television and film. Best-known for his work with John Clarke on the ABC’s 7.30 Report where they prick the balloons of the nation’s alleged political leaders.

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Testimonials for Bryan Dawe

"Bryan in his character as Sir Murray Rivers QC was the most perfect fit you could find for a function at the Bar.  He was of course hilarious but he was clever, insightful, professional  and right on the mark. Our audience had all been at a conference all day and needed a laugh.  That the humour was balanced with intelligence and relevance was perfect for our audience.


Sir Murray Rivers is the product of a brilliant mind. He had our audience in fits of laughter from start to finish. The political barbs, the cleverly turned phrases and the perfect timing and delivery made for one of the most entertaining performances I have seen. Sir Murray is bombastic, outspoken, highly politically incorrect... and a complete and utter delight."

The Victorian Bar Annual CPD Conference Dinner


Bryan's performance was top class, Sir Murray Rivers red carded the Mayor! Bryan is a very talented and funny man ! It was a pleasure to have Bryan and Sir Murray at the World Environment Day Dinner and we hope in the future he will come again”

City of Greater Geelong


"Bryan was more than excellent; he was absolutely brilliant. Our delegates were still talking about his performance the next day and how much they had enjoyed it.”

Credit Union Services Corporation


"Bryan's Sir Murray Rivers QC act was just as funny as the first time I saw it. He was very well received by the guests at the CMC Chamber Mayoral Ball in Hervey Bay."

Civil Mining and Construction


"A masterful performance... The evening was enjoyed by all, with lots of comments on the skill and humour of Bryan."

Austin Health


"Bryan was certainly the right choice of speaker for our business forum. We have received extremely positive feedback from our attending guests on Sir Murray River’s appearance, rated very highly.  Sir Murray River certainly captured the essence of our event and delivered a very well research performance that hit the spot with our Executives and guests."

Westpac Business Network

Bryan Dawe Travels from VIC
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Bryan Dawe's Biography

Bryan Dawe is one of Australia’s finest political satirists. He has enjoyed a long, successful career writing and performing on national radio, television and film. Best-known for his work with John Clarke on the ABC’s 7.30 Report where they prick the balloons of the nation’s alleged political leaders.   Bryan was also a cast member and writer of the critically acclaimed and highly successful spoof of the Sydney Olympics, the ABC TV series ‘The Games’.


His film credits include the Australia hit comedy ‘The Castle’, ‘The Honorable Wally Norman’, and Paul Cox’s ‘Lust and Revenge’.


For many years, Bryan has been writing and performing two much loved satirical characters on ABC Radio: ‘Sir Murray Rivers QC and ‘Roly Parks’ with his ‘Letter from Kalangadoo’.


Another facet of his many talents include his luminous, avante-garde photography. His first exhibition ‘Imperfect Illusions’ was held in Melbourne in 2005 and was followed in Sydney and Canberra in 2006.   His current exhibition 'Interval' is showing until February 24th at Monash Gallery of Art at Wheelers Hill in Victoria (www.bryandawe.com.au). The show tours to Canberra, Sydney and Queensland in the second part of 2008.


Bryan’s sharp wit and observation together with his flexibility and unique performances make him a popular addition to any corporate event.  His obvious talent lends itself to MC, facilitator, hypothetical moderator, conference speaker and after dinner entertainer.


Bryan has performed Master of Ceremony and Facilitator roles at countless national and international dinners and conferences over the past 15 years. Clients have included legal, corporate, publishing and the arts sectors in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Canada.


A couple of laps around the cranium with Geoffrey Robertson QC. MLC Conference, Singapore 2011. Bryan’s intelligence, wit, erudite observations and performance ability enable him to readily engage audiences across the spectrum. In addition to hosting the 2011 MLC Conference in Singapore, Bryan conducted a one and three quarter hour interview with Geoffrey Robertson QC at the Raffles Theatre. Based on the success of the conference and the interview, Bryan was subsequently invited to Vancouver for MLC’s 2013 Conference. This was the first time MLC have requested the same Master of Ceremonies at consecutive Conferences.

Speaking Topics Include

(with an interview with Sir Murray Rivers on screen)

Bryan Dawe A Satirist’s Journey
From the grim educational pickings of working class Port Adelaide in the 1950’s and 60's, surviving the advice of his alleged ‘career advisory officer’, Bryan escaped from high school at 15 and went on to become one of Australia's finest humorists. His journey has resembled the comment of fellow humorist, the late Spike Milligan, who said of his life 'I have nothing organised, so nothing can go wrong'.

At school, Bryan was told couldn't become a writer, performer or work on radio. His expressed desire to become a Barrister was quickly dismissed by his career advisory officer on the basis that he came from the “wrong background”. Despite this 'advice' Bryan went on to write, direct and perform on radio, stage, film and television for over 35 years. He also eventually became a Barrister - ‘Sir Murray Rivers QC’. Not only did Bryan create a lawyer, to the chagrin of his Career Advisory Officer, he made him a Judge and knighted Sir Murray as well! In late 2012 and early 2013, Bryan was the keynote speaker at the South Australian and the Victorian Bar Association’s dinners. He was given a standing ovation on both occasions.

A Satirist’s Journey is an highly amusing and at times poignant story (and a cautionary tale for those taking advice from a School Advisory Officer) in which we also meet Bryan’s two endearing characters: Roly Parks from Kalangadoo and the outrageous Sir Murray Rivers QC. In a hilarious interview “via satellite from Canberra”, Bryan on stage interviews ‘ Sir Murray Rivers’ on screen). ‘His Honour ‘provides a very opinionated update on how the Federal election is going and what the colony might look like under an Abbott Government. It is a clever piece of multi-media illusion that has the audience in stitches.Some of his presentations include:

Sir Murray Rivers QC
Sir Murray Rivers QC (retired) is one of Australia's most controversial legal and political figures. He is a former Victorian Supreme Court Judge and an outspoken media commentator, often described unkindly, and he believes unfairly, as ‘The Graham Richardson of the Liberal Party’.

His forthright speech “'Looking back to the future - Looking forward to the past. Australia under an Abbott Government' is a senior Liberal insider, not only outlining what's in store for the colony after September but what the Labor Party has done (or not done) to bring about its own demise.

This is a hilariously clever, insightful, thirty minutes of political humor and wit which is so politically incorrect it will annoy or satisfy in equal measure. No-one of either political persuasion escapes unscathed. This is political satire the way only Bryan can deliver.

Roly Parks – Letter from Kalangadoo
One of Bryan's most endearing and beloved characters, 'Roly Park's lives in a town called Kalangadoo - a real town in the South East of Australia. Each week Roly writes a letter to his son, Gene, who is gay and lives in London with his partner, Ahmed, a former Moroccan ballet dancer formerly with the Royal Ballet. The letters are about Roly’s life in Kalangadoo and about how Roly views the world as a bright but elderly man living in a small town. The 'Letters' are both ironic and humorous but also deeply touching.

The stories range from his ongoing encounters with his former wife of fifty years, Sonya, to his run-ins with the town gossip Beryl Coates, or with the hilarious attempt to bury the ashes of his best mate ‘Bull’ Devine.

This is Australian story telling at its finest. A thoroughly entertaining forty five minutes by one of Australia’s finest humorists. Dealing with aging, facing your maker and trying to stay afloat in a world that bears no resemblance to the one Roly Parks grew up in. Roly’s not complaining about the changes, he’s just trying - like all of us - to make sense of it. Perfect for an audience not forty any more who enjoy a belly laugh and a bit of comfort in knowing that it's not just them that can't make sense of the world today.

Humorist Reads Humor

Bryan presents 45-60 minutes of his favourite humor. From the short, nonsensical press briefings by former Bush Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, to conversations from the late Sir David Frost with the equally late English satirist, Peter Cook, readings from Spike Milligan and Alan Bennett, to the short stories of American humorist, Bailey White and her utterly charming and funny accounts of life with her eccentric mother in southern America.


These, combined with a sprinkling of Bryan's own humoros performances of his two satirical characters, Roly Parks from Kalangadoo and the doyen of the Melbourne Club, Sir Murray Rivers QC, all add up to a very entertaining and funny performance.