Claire Hooper started on the stage - crafting engaging, innovative live shows that blended stand-up, theatre and some hammer dancing. Her 2006 show, 'Oh', earned her both critical acclaim and a nomination for the Melbourne Comedy Festival's Best Newcomer award. Since then Claire has gone on to regularly perform at festivals and comedy rooms all over the country.
For four years Claire shared a set with Paul McDermott and Mikey Robbins on the iconic comedy show Good News Week as a team captain. She has also appeared on Rove and The Melbourne Comedy Festival's Great Debate and Opening Night Gala.
In 2015 Claire scored her dream job as co-host of The Great Australian Bake Off for Foxtel’s LifeStyle Channel alongside seriously funny Mel Buttle as well as judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran. Series two of Bake Off aired at the end of 2016.
Claire will be hitting the road in 2017 with a brand new stand up show.
Claire Hooper is best known across Australia for her role as a Team Captain on Network TEN’s Good News Week which she did for four years, but for comedy fans it is her wonderfully inventive, skilful and completely engaging stage shows that set her apart.
She has appeared on Rove Live, ABC TV’s The Sideshow, The Comedy Channel’s Stand Up! Australia and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Great Debate with Stephen K Amos and Greg Fleet.
Claire began her comedy career in Perth in 2004 when she won her state finals of triple j’s Raw Comedy. In 2005 she was selected to perform in ‘The Comedy Zone’ at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and won ‘Best and Fairest’ at the National Improv Championships. Claire still regularly performs in comedy rooms across the country.
In 2006 she scored a Best Newcomer nomination at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for her first solo show, which went on to earn a place in Scotland on Sunday’s top five comedy picks of the Edinburgh Fringe. Since then she has written and performed six brilliant solo shows: Showgirl, Storybook, Forget Your Troubles, C’mon Get Hoopsy, One Small Thing, The Work and her most recent offering in 2013 Plums.
In 2010 Claire released her first book, Love Bites through ABC Books.
She has also written, directed and performed in a number of theatre shows, though not necessarily all at the same time.
In 2015, Claire landed her dream job as co-host of The Great Australian Bake Off alongside seriously funny Mel Buttle as well as judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran. Bake Off aired in 2015 and was been warmly received right across the country. The second season has been filmed and is set to go to air in late 2016.
“The spritely Hooper shines… her animated expressions and dynamic movement sequences are precision quality.”
“marvellously entertaining… ★★★★”
- The List
|2016||Being Claire Hooper - Immersive theatre show in conjunction wit Pop-up Playground, Melbourne International Comedy Festival|
|2015||School Camp - Solo Show, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Perth Comedy Festival|
|2015||Claire Hooper & Cal Wilson Live - Double Headline Shows, Regional Western Australia|
|2014||School Camp - Solo Show Melbourne Fringe Festival|
|2014||Claire Hooper Live - Clink Theatre, Port Douglas|
|2013||Claire Hooper's Fables - Solo Show Melbourne Fringe Festival|
|2013||Plums - Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival|
|2012||The Work – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival|
|2010||One Small Thing – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival|
|2009||Forget Your Troubles, C’mon Get Hoopsy – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival|
|2008||Storybook – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Darwin Festival|
|2007||Showgirl – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival|
|2006||Oh – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival|
|2006||The Dead Set – with Xavier Micheledes and Andrew Horabin Melbourne International Comedy Festival|
|2005||The Comedy Zone – Showcasing Up & Coming Comedians Melbourne International Comedy Festival|
|2015-16||Foxtel Lifestyle||The Great Australian Bake Off (Host - season 1&2)|
|2016||Channel 7||Best Bits (Regular Guest)|
|2015||Network Ten||Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up)
|2015||TV One, NZ||Word Up (Guest)|
|2013-15||TV3, New Zealand||7 Days (Regular Guest)|
|2014||ABC TV||Spicks and Specks (Guest)|
|2013||Comedy Channel||Just For Laughs at the Sydney Opera House (Stand Up)|
|2013||ABC TV||Tractor Monkeys (Guest)|
|2013||Channel Nine||Mornings (Guest)|
|2012||Network Ten||The Project (Whip)|
|2011||Network Ten||Good News World (Regular)|
|2008 -2011||Network Ten||Good News Week (Team Captain)|
|2010||Network Ten||The Circle (Regular Guest)|
|2010||Network Ten||Ready, Steady, Cook (Contestant)|
|2010||The Comedy Channel||The Breast Darn Show in Town (Stand-up spot)|
|2009||ABC TV||Sleuth 101 (Guest Detective)|
|2009||Network Ten||Ready, Steady, Cook (Contestant)|
|2009||Network Ten||Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand-up)|
|2008||Network Ten||Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Oxfam Presenter)|
|2007||ABC TV||The Sideshow (Cast Member)|
|2007||Network Ten||Melbourne International Comedy Festival Great Debate (Team member)|
|2007||Comedy Channel||The Mansion: Australia Day Special (Cast Member)|
|2007||Comedy Channel||Stand Up! Australia (Stand Up Appearance)|
|2006||Comedy Channel||Stand Up! Australia (Stand Up Appearance)|
|2006||Network Ten||Rove [Live] (Live cross from Edinburgh)|
|2006||Network Ten||Rove [Live] (Stand Up Appearance)|
|2006||Comedy Channel||Stand Up! Australia (Stand Up Appearance)|
|2005||Network Ten||Rove [Live] (Stand Up Appearance)|
|2005||ABC TV||How the Quest was Won (Presenter)|
|2011-12||Mix 106.5 Sydney||Breakfast (Co-host)|
|2010 & 11||Q-Radio||Qantas Inflight Radio, Smile High Club (Guest Host)|
|2006||Nova 937 Perth||Novanites (Presenter)|
|2005||RTRFM||“Hanging with Missy Hooper” (Presenter)|
|2012 & 2015||Fernwood Magazine||Guest columnist|
|2010-11||Gold Coast Bulletin||Weekly Columnist|
|2010||Harper Collins Aust ABC Books||Love Bites (Published 2010)|
|2010||Smart Health||Guest Columnist|
|2008||Sunday Age||Contributing Writer|
|2007||Ten Network||Rove (Contributing Writer)|
|2007||Roving Enterprises||rovedaily.com (Contributing Writer)|
|2007||ABC TV||The Sideshow (Writer/Performer)|
|2006||A Moment on the Lips – Performer Red Ryder Theatre Company|
|2005||Big Fun Sometimes – Lead Performer Rechabites Hall|
|2005||Fairytales on Thin Ice – Writer & Director WA Youth Theatre Company|
|2004||Hamlet – Director & Designer Hoopla/Perth Theatre Company|
|2003||The Cat Who Ran – Performer Barking Gecko Theatre Company|
Voice Over - Melbourne International Comedy Festival televised performances - 2015 & 2016
The face of Optus DRTV Commercials - TV and Online - 2015
Medibank Melbourne Marathon Campaign - 2014
Storybox Library - 2014
Splendour In The Grass Festival - 2014
Queenscliff Music Festival - 2014
Rottofest - 2014
Red Earth Arts Festival 2013 - Double Headliner with Peter Helliar
Kia Rondo Web Series - 2013
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow 2006, 2007, 2013
Melbourne International Comedy Festival All Stars Gala – 2009 & 2010
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala 2008 – Oxfam Presenter
TalkFringe Host – Adelaide Fringe Festival 2008
Canteen Comedy Gala 2007
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Debate 2007
Perth International Arts Festival Debate 2007
Support for Puppetry of the Penis 2006
National Improv Championships 2005 & 2006
“The Big Hoo Haa” Improv Comedy Troupe 2003 to 2006
Claire has also made various stand up appearances on campus and in pubs and clubs across Australia, including The Comedy Store in Sydney, The Comedy Lounge in Perth and The Rhino Room in Adelaide, as well as several gigs in the UK.
Claire is sought after for MC roles and comedy spots at corporate events and has done appearances for companies such as Telstra, The City of Melbourne, The Professionals, The Australian Womens Leadership Symposium and many more, not to mention charity organisations such as the Lost Dogs Home, Free The Bears Fund and Dymmocks Childrens Charities.
|2006||Best Newcomer Nominee – Melbourne International Comedy Festival|
|2005||Best & Fairest Winner – National Improv Championships|
|2004||WA State Winner in the RAW Comedy Competition|
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Updated: September 2016