Celia Pacquola

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Celia Pacquola

Multi-award winning comic Celia Pacquola has cemented her position as one of the most in-demand comedians both in Australia and the UK, charming audiences and critics alike.

Celia has won awards in comedy and acting, including an AACTA for her role in Working Dog’s series Utopia, and the Amused Moose Laughter Award at 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has been nominated for the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for Best Show. As an actor, Celia has had roles in the AACTA award winning Laid, the Logie-winning Offspring and won her own Best Supporting Actress AACTA for her role as Dolly Faraday in ABC TV’s The Beautiful Lie.

In 2016 Celia co-created, co-wrote and starred in the smash hit sitcom ROSEHAVEN with Luke McGregor for ABC-TV, performed at the renowned Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and on the BBC’s Live At The Apollo, and recorded her own stand up special “The Looking Glass” as part of the One Night Stan series.

Celia Pacquola

Comedian/ Writer/ Actor

 

Multi-award-winning comic Celia Pacquola has cemented her position as one of the most in demand comedians in Australia, while also forging a comedy career in the UK and abroad.

 

Her stand-out solo festival shows The Looking Glass, Let Me Know How It All Works Out, Delayed, Flying Solos and Am I Strange, have all garnered rave reviews wherever they were performed, from Melbourne to Edinburgh. In 2014 Celia was nominated for the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the best show and won the Amused Moose Laughter Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. This year, Celia became the youngest woman to host the Oxfam Gala for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival/Network Ten.

 

Celia is also a talented actor with roles in the acclaimed ABC1 series The Beautiful Lie, the AACTA award-winning Laid, Logie Award winning drama Offspring and in Working Dog’s series Utopia, for which she won an AACTA Award in 2015. Her wit and jokes will be familiar from guest appearances on Spicks and Specks, The Project, Good News Week, Dirty Laundry, Have Been Paying Attention? and more. Internationally, Celia has been a guest on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Chelsea Lately and The Rob Brydon Show. She was also handpicked to support John Oliver on his 2015 Australian Tour. Following this, Celia was invited to the 2016 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal to perform as part of the Carrie Fisher Gala.

 

In October 2016, Celia and her dear friend and Utopia colleague Luke McGregor will star on ABC1 in Rosehaven - a comedy series of their own creation. 

 

"one of our most gifted stand-ups at the top of her game" The Age

 

"A comic who can step to the level of Tina Fey." Herald Sun, Melbourne

 

"Pacquola is fuelled by a confidence that brings Stephen Fry to mind… she serves up funny with a skill that even some veterans never shall." Dailyreview.com.au

 

“Endlessly charming, furiously honest and beautifully written stand-up from the Aussie” The Independent, (UK).

 

“Strong stand up…consistently fine routines…her writing is tight, the performance engaging.” The Scotsman (UK)

 

“Pacquola has a well-established comedy career… here, she proves to be an instinctive and deadpan funny actress.” The Age, Green Guide

 

“Pacquola doesn't just hold her own, she owns every scene she's in.” The Sydney Morning Herald (re: Utopia)

 

TELEVISION

2016 Network Ten HOST, Melbourne International Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala
2015 Network Ten Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (stand up spot)
2015 ABC TV Agony (interviewee)
2013-15 Network Ten Have You Been Paying Attention? (regular guest panellist)
2015 ABC TV Dirty Laundry Live (guest panellist)
2014 Network Ten Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (stand up spot)
2014 ABC TV Spicks and Specks (guest panellist)
2014 ABC2 Dirty Laundry Live (guest panellist)
2013 ABC TV Tractor Monkeys (guest panellist)
2013 ABC2 Dirty Laundry Live (guest panellist)
2013 Network Ten This Week Live (guest panellist)
2013 Network Ten A League Of Their Own (panellist)
2012 ABC1 Warehouse Comedy Festival (performer)
2012 Seven Network The Unbelievable Truth (guest appearance)
2012 BBC (UK) Never Mind The Buzzcocks (guest panelist)
2012 Sky (UK) Don't Sit In The Front Row (performer)
2012 BBC3 (UK) Russell Howard's Good News (performer)
2012 Network Ten Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (stand up spot)
2012 TV3 (NZ) 7 days (guest panellist)
2011 BBC1 (UK) The Rob Brydon Show (stand up spot)
2011 E4 (UK) Show and Tell with Chris Addison (guest spots)
2011 ABC1 Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight (correspondent)
2011 E Entertainment (US) Chelsea Lately (guest)
2011 TV3 (NZ) 7 days (guest panellist)
2010 Network Ten The Project (guest reporter)
2010 ABC TV Spicks and Specks (panellist)
2010 TV3 (NZ) AotearoHA Comedy Carnival Special (stand up spot)
2008-10 Network Ten Good News Week (panellist/writer)
2008 Network Ten Rove (guest stand up spot)

 

RADIO

2014 Nova 100 National Drive with Tom Gleeson (guest co-host)
2014 Nova 100 Meshal and Tommy (guest)
2013 Nova 100 Saturday Breakfast (regular guest co-host)
2009-13 Nova 100 Hughesy and Kate (guest appearances)
2012 BBC Radio 4 Extra (UK) The Unbelievable Truth (guest panellist)
2011 BBC Radio 4 (UK) What's So Funny (writer and performer)
2011 BBC Radio 4 (UK) Shappi Talk (guest appearance)
2011 BBC Radio 5 live (UK) Chris Addison's 7 Day Sunday (guest appearances)
2011 BBC Radio 4 (UK) The Headset Set (writer)
2011 BBC Radio 4 (UK) The News Quiz (writer)
2008-09 Today Network Summer Breakfast with Tim Campbell and Charlie Delaney (co-host)
2007-08 FOX FM Red Hot (co-host)
2008 ABC Radio The Comedy Hour (writer and performer)

 

ACTING

2016 ABC1 Rosehaven (Co-Creator/Writer/Lead Actor)
2015 ABC TV The Beautiful Lie (Actor: Dolly)
2015 ABC TV Utopia S2 (Actor: Nat)
2015 7 Mate Kinne (Actor)
2014 ABC TV It's A Date (Actor and Co-Writer: Series 2, Episode 1)
2014 ABC TV Utopia (Actor - Nat)
2013-14 Network Ten Offspring (Actor - Ange)
2014 7 Mate Kinne (Actor)
2013 BSkyB (UK) Rupert (Actor)
2011-12 ABC1 LAID series 1 and 2 (lead actor - EJ)
2010 ABC TV Sleuth 101 (actor)
2010 ABC1  The Librarians (actor)

 

WRITING

2016 ABC1 Rosehaven (Co-Creator/Writer)
2014 ABC It's A Date (series 2, Episode 1)
2012 ABC1 Laid (series 2, additional material)
2012 BBC Radio 4 The Headset Set (series 2)
2011 BBC Radio 4 The Headset Set (series 1)
2011 BBC Radio 4 The News Quiz (additional material)
2011 BBC ONE Ask Rhod (additional material)
2010 BBC 3/Avalon Television Russel Howard's Good News - VT's 
2008-10 Network Ten Good News Week (writer)
2008 ABC Radio The Comedy Hour (writer)

 

LIVE SHOWS

2016 Carrie Fisher Gala - Comedy Spot - Just For Laughs Montreal
2016 The Looking Glass - Solo Show - Fringeworld Perth, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2015 Let Me Know How It All Works Out - Solo Show - Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2014 Let Me Know How It All Works Out - Solo Show - Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soho Theatre London
2012 & 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala (Comedy Spot)
2008 & 2014 Upfront Gala (Comedy Spot)
2012-13 Delayed - Solo Show (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival)
2013 Funny As Hell - Comedy Spot (Montreal Just For Laughs Festival)
2012 Tie Her To The Tracks - ensemble cast (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)
2010-11 Flying Solos - Solo Show (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soho Theatre London)
2009 Am I Strange? - Solo Show (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival)
2008 Celia Pacquola in... Hating Alison Bice - Shared Performance (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

 

AWARDS

2015 Winner - 5th AACTA Awards - Best Performance in a Television Comedy, Utopia 
2015 Nominee - 4th AACTA Awards - Best Performance in a Television Comedy, Utopia
2015 Nominee - Best Comedy, Adelaide Fringe Festival
2015 Winner - Weekly Award, Adelaide Fringe Festival 
2014 Winner - Amused Moose Laughter Award - Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2014 Nominee - Barry Award for Best Show at Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2013 Nominee - Best Comedy, Adelaide Fringe Festival
2013 Winner - Weekly Award, Adelaide Fringe Festival
2012 Nominee - Best Show, Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival
2012 Winner - AACTA Award for Best Television Comedy, Laid
2009 Winner - Age Critics Award for Best Australian Show, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2008 Winner - Best Comedy Show, Melbourne Fringe
2006 Winner - Best First Time Entrant, RAW Comedy, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

 

RECORDINGS

2012 Madman Entertainment - DVD 'Delayed'

 

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Last Updated: October 2016