Damian’s willingness to painstakingly research organisations, localise material and ability to adapt the craft he’s developed from over 20 years a working comedian, sees him in high demand as a corporate stand-up, character speaker and MC. He has the knack of being able to hit the mark without offence, build a natural rapport with his audience and go the extra mile to personalise the content. 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 [as seen in The Merger], Damian ensures the audience take away more than just another lanyard from the event.
Damian’s MC skills 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.
Corporate Stand Up
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 12 years of teaching experience and growing up in house full of teachers, Damian never feels more comfortable than when he’s using someone else’s mug in the staffroom. Over the years he’s performed at so many staff, faculty and education organisation events, that he is almost due for a second round of long service leave. The release of his first kid’s book ‘Weird School [Penguin Random], has enhanced his reputation in schools and the book itself is laced with a level of knowledge of school life that can only come from experience.
As well as researching the peculiarities of your school or organisation, Damian will muse on his own experiences. He’ll comment on everything from the pitfalls of teachers dancing at school socials to dealing with the catholic guilt of leaving extras. He’ll provide solutions to the gridlock in sick bay and may even have some advice for those who can’t put a face to a name at parent teacher interviews. Damian’s ability to get to the heart of the organisation he’s speaking to via observation and research adds a personal touch creates a meaningful connection.
Damian is the perfect MC for educational events as he effortlessly creates a rapport with students; staff; parents and guests. A former ambassador for the Premier’s Reading Challenge & Literacy & Numeracy Week, he regularly MCs launches, award ceremonies and celebrations, always deftly balancing the smooth running of the occasion with his humorous slant that keeps the mood buoyant.