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Paul McCarthy works as a television actor, writer, live performance director, voice artist, cabaret performer and comedian. He started out in the Melbourne University comedy revue Laminex On The Rocks during the second ever Melbourne...

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Paul McCarthy's Biography

Paul McCarthy works as a television actor, writer, live performance director, voice artist, cabaret performer and comedian. He started out in the Melbourne University comedy revue Laminex On The Rocks during the second ever Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 1987.


Since the late 80s Paul has lovingly tormented audiences with strange comic creations Mel Toupe, Noeline Dragge, Paul Cheese (of The Cheese Brothers) and, more recently, cabaret sensation Cliff Hanger, along the way receiving two Green Room Awards for Cabaret and an award for Best Cabaret Show for Melbourne Fringe 2002.

Paul's tidy TV career saw him starting out as a guest actor on Neighbours, before becoming an ensemble member of sketch comedy show Totally Full Frontal (1998-9). More recently Paul's work on the long-running, Logie award-nominated sketch series Comedy Inc: The Late Shift has been nominated for an AFI Award. His impersonations of ex-PMs John Howard, Kevin Rudd, new PM Julia Gillard and would-be-PM-if-given-the-opportunity brekky TV host David Koch have won him broad acclaim, including the chance to open the 2007 TV Week Logie Awards as the Kochie character.

2009 saw Paul return to prime-time TV with new sketch comedy program Double Take (Seven Network), in which he showcased many of his alter-egos (Kochie, then-PM K. Rudd, Bert Newton and Tom Cruise to name a few).
In 2011, Paul continued his relationship with sketch comedy as part of the ensemble for Ben Elton's Live From Planet Earth (Nine Network) after guest roles in Sleuth 101 (ABC), No Leave No Life (Seven Network), The National IQ Test 2010 (Nine Network) and The Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away (Nine Network).