A British musician, comedian, improviser, writer, actor and IT consultant. Only one of those things makes him any money. Since moving to Brisbane in late 2014, Steven has become and accomplished comedian who runs the impro night Comedy Commentary Cinema. His stand-up was once described as: 'Robin Williams during his coke days times three' and performed in multiple shows at Brisbane Comedy Festival 2017. Before becoming involved in comedy, he used to be in the semi-unsuccessful electro band Neon Highwire where he sang, produced, played guitar and synths. He writes for a number of publications including Drowned In Sound, DIY Mag and Scenestr. He has over ten years experience in software testing, previously as a Programme Test Manager responsible for strategic direction on multi-million dollar books of work at HSBC and is currently remotely consulting for the FX software house MahiFX from Brisbane. He took over as Bris Funny Fest festival organiser from Kath Marvelley in 2017.
Kath is the founder of Bris Funny Fest and a co-organiser of this year’s festival. If it weren’t for the fact that she moved to the UK in June 2017, that would undoubtedly still be the case. Founder of Brat Cave comedy, and with a background in stand up and impro, she has a contagious passion when it comes to her craft. Though on the opposite side of the planet, she has still played a pivotal role in helping make the festival a success.
Starting out as an open micer on the Brisbane scene in 2010 before working at the Sit Down Comedy Club for five years, Kate has had a number of adventures on the way. RAW Finalist for NSW, Green Faces QLD runner-up, first time corporate spot for a pest control company whilst competing with a leaf blower plus the usual soul crunching open mic spots. Kate now curates the weekly Heya Comedy open mic gig at Heya Bar every Wednesday supporting new talent both in Brisbane and interstate. It has been fast gaining a reputation as one of the best rooms for comedy on the Australian scene which is in no small part due to Kate’s skillset and dedication.
An accomplished comedian who has performed at comedy festivals around the country accompanied with his keytar, Glenn brings years of technological experience to direct and implement all digital platforms for the festival. He’s worked as a Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Solution Architect, Software Development Manager and Programmer for a number of organisations across a range of industries. He’s also run numerous comedy rooms and hosted his own comedy festival shows, bringing a wide array of experience and a strong work ethic that’s been invaluable to the festival’s success.
Amanda was once the Publicist for Brisbane Powerhouse and has also worked for Queensland Theatre Company as Publicity and Communications Coordinator. She has a Bachelor of Creative Industries majoring in Public Relations from QUT. Amanda has also undertaken Youth Arts Queensland’s Young Artist Mentoring Program has a large amount of experience participating in other arts events and festivals. She’s a regular face in Brisbane’s impro scene and has recently been turning heads since and building up her own stand-up comedy career.
Clayton Storey ekes out a living as a creative. You’ve probably seen examples of his work and not even realised it. He’s a respected stand-up comedian but mostly does theatre acting, which he studied at university. He's currently working with David Williamson in "Jack of Hearts", Williamson's new play. He'll be playing Jack during the show seasons in September. He hates to name-drop, but it's kind of a big deal. Not only is Clayton responsible for all of the incredible artwork associated with the festival itself, but such is his reputation, a number of the performers commissioned his work for their own promotional material too.
Scott has been writing and performing comedy for over 20 years in the US and Australia. He has previously run the comedy program for the Brisbane Fringe Comedy Festival. A presence on Brisbane television as well for five years as the host of The Late Nite Show and various appearances on Brisbane airwaves on ABC, Scott is also comedy writer for stage, TV, film, and digital media. He is excited to assist the Bris Funny Fest and looks forward to an amazing 2017 season.
As curator of SBC Comedy, one of Brisbane’s best comedy nights, Cameron knows more than the average person about who the funniest comedians in the country are right now. He’s also the founder and owner of Auditory Discourse, a company which specialises in Audio Books and Podcasts. His experience and insight have been an invaluable part of the festival organisation
Despite having only been doing standup for 8 months, Nick was a state finalist in this year’s RAW Comedy competition. He once supported Kinne live, hosted a strip-club’s 3rd birthday and performed at the Koh Samui International Podcast Festival Gala, but not all at the same time. He’s a familiar face on Brisbane’s stand up scene, and brings a passion about comedy that he’s more than willing to share with the world.
Simone has experience with advertising, sales and media leading into the double figures number of years. She’s also a stand-up comedian who has toured around the country and run her own comedy rooms. She’s a talented writer with an acerbic wit and incredible communication skills which come through in her writing style both on paper and on the stage.