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Damian Callinan

Damian Callinan

A brilliant entertainer and MC Damian Callinan is a multi award-winning stand-up comic, actor & writer. He is best known to TV/film audiences for his roles on Skithouse Before The Game & Backyard Ashes as well as regular guest appearances on shows such as Spicks and Specks & the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala. He is also a regular contributor on 774ABC Melbourne.

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Damian Callinan set the scene for a great night acknowledging and celebrating the best of Victorian sport at the 2012 Victorian Sport Awards. Troy's re-creation of his losing half time speech was hilarious and also drew in many of the dignitaries and guests in the room. Other legendary football coaches, namely David Parkin and Craig Bellamy, won awards at the event and those attending have been talking ever since about the inspiring speeches made by the 'three' big name coaches on the night. Well done Troy!

Mark McAllion - CEO Vicsport, 2012 Victorian Sport Awards


What a superb job you did yesterday at the Roaring Forties Lunch! Thank you! That half time address is hysterical, I laughed right from the start, as did nearly every person in that ballroom. It is no wonder the Roaring Forties love using you.

Sarah Bernard Event Management, Roaring 40's Post AFL Grand Final Lunch


Damian is a standout, gifted Comedian and MC with a great ability to tune in to any audience. I first saw him as MC of the annual "Opera in the Otways" [Cape Otway/ Apollo Bay - 300 people] He was very funny and entertaining. The second time was as Comedian - 'Troy the country football coach' at the Bendigo Bank State Conference [450 people - Bankers and Partners] He had the room in stitches and did not offend.

Michael Daunt - Board Member - Creswick Community Bank Bendigo Bank State Conference


It was the perfect act for the bank's conference. You tailored your act to perfectly suit the theme of our night. The act went off without a hitch and was thoroughly enjoyed by both our community directors and staff alike. A fantastic night. Thanks.

Tim Rodda - Victoria Area Manager, Bendigo & Adelaide Bank


Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you Damian for your fantastic efforts as our MC on the night. We have had so much great feedback about you Damian - you really did help to make the night even better than it has been in previous years. Thanks for being so flexible and accommodating around timing, seating and the program. We would be very interested in exploring having you as MC again next year.

Wendy Grimston - Communications & Change Manager - State Trustees of Victoria

Damian Callinan Travels from VIC
Fee Range: .Up to $5000

Damian Callinan's Biography

Damian Callinan is a multi award-winning stand-up comic, actor & writer. He is best known to TV/film audiences for his roles on Skithouse Before The Game & Backyard Ashes as well as regular guest appearances on shows such as Spicks and Specks & the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala. He is also a regular contributor on 774ABC Melbourne.

However, it's for his prolific output of live shows that Callinan is best regarded. His most decorated one man show The Merger which earnt him his third nomination for the prestigious Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival received Screen Australia & Create NSW funding to be made into a feature film. The film, shot on location in the Riverina of NSW in late 2017, has been invited to have its world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival in August 2018. Directed by Mark Grentell, Callinan wrote the adaptation & stars alongside such acclaimed actors as Kate Mulvany, John Howard, Fayssal Bazzi, Penny Cook, Josh McConville & Nick Cody.

His other award winning shows include Sportsman’s Night [Barry Nomination & Best Comedy Melbourne Fringe] Spaznuts [Piece Of Wood Comedians Choice Award at MICF] Proxy Heroes [Barry nomination] & his comedy dance show The Cave the Rave [ABN Amro Edinburgh Foreign Exchange Award]

Callinan is a touring machine: The towns that have not had one of his show posters adorning their bakery shop window are now few & far between. Over the last couple of years he has toured the nation with The Lost WWW1 Diary, which was nominated for Best Comedy at Perth Fringe and earned a planetarium of 5 star reviews and was added to the Victorian VCE Playlist for 2017.

His other recent acclaimed national tours have included The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) with State Theatre Company SA: The 5th time Damian has performed this celebrated work and Road Trip with Mickey D and a documentary film crew. The team visited 23 towns, spending 48 hours in each before presenting a 90 minute show based solely on their experience in the community. Damian toured with the doco team again in 2017 to create Townfolk: a show about the people that give each town its character.

His new show Swing Man, which premiered to high acclaim at MICF 2016, will be touring every state in the nation in 2018. Swing Man brings to the stage Callinan's attempt to learn how to Swing Dance in 3 months. Callinan, along with his swing dance stage partners Genevieve Wallis & Jeanne Clare Storace, picked up another nomination for Best Comedy @ Perth Fringe in 2018. In case you were wondering if Callinan achieved his goal, he recently came Runner Up in the Best Newcomer section at the Australian Jitterbug Championships

Callinan also has two podcasts in circulation. The Bodgy Creek Football Club Podcast: a behind the scenes weekly wrap of the club that features in The Merger with Callinan playing all the characters.

Damian is in high demand as a stand-up, character speaker and MC in corporate Australia where he has developed a reputation for tailoring his material via observation and research leaving corporate clients wondering if he actually works for them.

Whether it be holding together an event for a diverse group as an MC; pinch hitting with some specific tailored material as a stand-up or taking the room by storm with his after dinner speaker ex AFL, country coach Troy Carrington, Damian ensures the audience take away more than another lanyard from the event.

Damian's MC skills, honed in the comedy rooms of Australia, have been put to the test in a myriad of situations. From music festivals to sporting events and award nights to launches. His ability to lighten the mood with his own tailored spin on proceedings; adapt his delivery to varying age groups and audience types and keep the event ticking along in a smooth and professional manner sees many clients booking Damian for further events before the night is through.

Damian's knack of getting inside the event and finding a connection to the audience he speaks to, instantly puts the crowd at ease. With this rapport established he effortlessly combines tailored material with his own to construct a unique and hilarious set that only they will ever see.

With a reputation as one of the countries most gifted character comedians, Damian has been able to successfully create new characters or adapt existing ones for many corporate clients. Whether it be an after dinner speaker with a difference you're after or a tailored hoax character to liven up an event, Damian will happily pull out an alter ego to suit your needs.