Justin Hamilton

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Justin Hamilton

Justin Hamilton has carved out an incredibly successful career as a stand-up comedian, writer and stage director while maintaining his unique voice within the Australian comedy scene.

Having toured the country to rave reviews for many years, in 2011 Justin started curating and producing his own comedy night called The Shelf which is widely regarded as one of the best comedy rooms in the country.

His podcast, Can You Take This Photo Please? hit the top 20 downloads on Australian iTunes in its first year. The podcast is listened to all over the world and a one off special for the Comedy Channel saw Justin host with guests Wil Anderson and Rove McManus.  The show was met with rave reviews across Australia and continued the success Justin has experienced in the podcast world where he has interviewed Simon Pegg, Marc Maron, Judith Lucy, Tony Martin and US comedian Dave Anthony. 

Justin has recently taken on a creative role at Southern Cross Austereo, working behind the scenes as a key writer for the new 2DayFM breakfast show Rove & Sam. For the past eight years he has also been a TV and movie reviewer for Perth’s number one rated Mix FM. He’s still found the time to be one of Australia’s premiere stand up comedians, debuting two brand new shows in 2016, Hoot and Justin Hamilton – LIVE!, as well as performing at Just For Laughs Sydney. 

Justin Hamilton

Stand-Up Comedian/Broadcaster/Writer

 

After twenty-plus years in the industry, Justin Hamilton has carved out an incredibly successful career as a stand-up comedian and as a writer and director.

 

Justin started his career back in 1994 as part of the musical comedy duo “The Bunta Boys”, who over their five year career toured Australia and supported Alexei Sayle, The Doug Anthony All-Stars, Judith Lucy, Sue Anne Post and the Clowns of Decadence.

 

Over the course of the last 15 years, Justin has won awards for his solo stand up comedy shows including the Director’s Award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for his show “Three Colours Hammo” (which also won the Advertiser best show at the Adelaide Fringe). In 2009 he wrote the play “Goodbye Ruby Tuesday” which starred actor Hannah Norris, with Justin in a supporting role.  His one-man play “The Goodbye Guy” (2012) was met with unanimous praise and good reviews.

 

It wasn’t only Justin’s solo work that thrived as the comedy variety show “The Shelf” sold out another two seasons at The Toff In Town in Melbourne.  Justin is the producer, curator and host of The Shelf and alongside his friend the fabulous Adam Richard they have hosted some of the best comedians from Australia and abroad including Wil Anderson, Rove McManus, Tony Martin, Glenn Robbins, Celia Pacquola, Cal Wilson, Dave Hughes and Andy Zaltzman.

 

In 2013 Justin starred in and was a co-producer on the Comedy Channel TV show “Stand Ups Sit Down”, a show that was inspired and spun out of his incredibly successful podcast, “Can You Take This Photo Please?”  The podcast is listened to all over the world and the one off special for the Comedy Channel saw Justin host with guests Wil Anderson and Rove McManus.  Justin has interviewed Simon Pegg, Marc Maron, Judith Lucy, Tony Martin and US comedian Dave Anthony, and also worked on a movie podcast with Peter Helliar entitled, “Helliar and Hammo Dig Flicks!” where they have interviewed Steve Carrell, Joel Edgerton, Morgan Spurlock, Stephen Curry and “Red Dog” director Kriv Stenders.

 

Justin has recently taken on a creative role at Southern Cross Austereo, working behind the scenes as a key writer for Rove’s new 2DayFM breakfast show Rove & Sam. For the past eight years he has also been a TV and movie reviewer for Perth’s number one rated Mix FM. He’s still found the time to be one of Australia’s premier stand up comedians, debuting two brand new shows in 2016, Hoot and Justin Hamilton – LIVE!, as well as performing at Just For Laughs Sydney.

 

In 2011, The Arts Monthly announced that Justin was the Comedian of the Decade. To that end, Tim Ferguson wrote: "Hamilton’s shows eschew traditional structures and standard subject matter. His work consistently challenges his audiences, asking important questions about history, truth, death and identity. It reveals a razor-sharp intellect and fearless questing heart. His humour is dangerous, offering perspectives that can be frightening in scope and intent."

 

"Hamilton resists the easy laugh lines that are the staple of stand-up and that are instantly forgotten. Instead, the show is memorably, blisteringly funny, and poignant at times."  

The Australian, Penny Durham 

 

 

★★★★★ An unforgettable performance… his jokes are intelligent, witty and very entertaining. You should not miss this. Absolute stand out.”

Adelaide Advertiser

 

 

"It's an intelligent, crafted work from a man whose deft use of stage and microphone create a multi-layered experience with an array of colourful characters"  

The Herald Sun

 

 

 “A fluent and unique delivery coupled with delicate material makes this a special hour”

The Age 

 

Live Shows

2016 Justin Hamilton - LIVE! - Solo Show Comedy Store, Sydney
2016 HOOT - Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival, Perth Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival
2015 Snacks - Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth Fringe Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival
2014 Johnny Loves Mary Forever 1994 - Solo Show, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2013 Justin Hamilton - Solo Show Perth International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Store
2012 The Goodbye Guy – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2011 Circular – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2010 Idiot Man Child – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival
2009 Bullets Over Fitzroy: Three Colours Hammo Coda – Solo Show One off performance, Willow Bar
2009 Alive and Well But Only In Theory – Solo Show Sydney Comedy Festival, QPAC ‘In Stitches’ Comedy Festival
2009 Goodbye Ruby Tuesday – with Hannah Norris Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2008 The Killing Joke – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2008 Three Colours Hammo – Solo Show Hong Kong Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Cracker Comedy Festival (Sydney)
2007 Three Colours Hammo – Solo Show Melbourne Comedy Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse
2007 Justin Hamilton – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival, Hobart Comedy Festival
2006 Justin Hamilton: Smash! – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe; Melbourne Comedy Festival, Hobart Comedy Festival
2005 Oh Father, Where, Art Thou? - Adelaide Comedy Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Hobart Comedy Festival
2004 Purple Cows - Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Dunedin Fringe Festival (NZ)
2004 Late Night with Lehmo and J - Adelaide Fringe
2003 Justin Sane - Melbourne Comedy Festival
2002 Father, Can You Spare a Dime? - Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Fringe
2001 The Indescribables (with Mikey D) Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2000 Screw You Misery, I’m the Karaoke Guy - Adelaide Fringe

 

Radio

2016 Triple M (National) Drive with Merrick Watts (Guest Co-Host)
2015-16 2DayFM (Sydney) Breakfast with Rove & Sam (Writer/Creative)
2014-16 Mix 94.5fm (Perth) The Bunch - Drive Show (Weekly TV and Movie Reviewer)
2008-2013 Mix 94.5fm (Perth) The Breakfast Show (Weekly TV and Movie Reviewer)
2007-2009 Triple M Toast Weekend Breakfast Show (with Charlie Pickering & Terri Psiakis)
2009 Radio Five (Live (UK) Yes It’s The Ashes – Topical Comedy show with Andy Zaltzman (guest)
2007-2008 Triple M Drive with Wil and Lehmo (Weekly Segment)
2008 Triple M 2 weeks Drive Show fill in, Toast (with Terri Psiakis & Charlie Pickering)
2008 Triple M The Shebang (regular guest co-host)
2008 Triple M Weekend Breakfast Show Toast (with Terri Psiakis & Charlie Pickering)
2006 Austereo Network Get This! (Guest Co-Host with Tony Martin)
2003 Triple J Breakfast Show (Guest Co-Host with Wil Anderson)
2003 Triple J Breakfast Show (Guest co-host with Terri Psiakis)
2003 Triple J Five Hours of Flavour (Host)
2003 Triple J Drive (Weekly Segment “If I Ruled the World with Justin Hamilton)

 

Television

2015 ABC TV Dirty Laundry Live (Panel Guest)
2014 Comedy Channel Just For Laughs at the Sydney Opera House (Stand Up)
2014  ABC TV Dirty Laundry Live (Panel Guest)
2013 Comedy Channel Stand Ups Sit Down (Host)
2013 Comedy Channel Just For Laughs at the Sydney Opera House (Stand Up)
2013 Network Ten This Week Live (Guest)
2008-2010 Network Ten Good News Week (Guest Panelist)
2008 Comedy Channel Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Festival Club Special (Stand Up Spot)
2007 Network Ten Rove (Stand Up Appearance)
2007 ABC TV The Sideshow (Stand Up Appearance)
2007 Comedy Channel Stand Up! Australia (Stand Up Appearance)
2007 ABC TV Spicks & Specks (Guest Panellist)
2006 ABC TV The Glass House (Guest Panellist)
2005 ABC TV The Glass House (Guest Panellist)
2006 thecomedychannel Stand Up Australia (x 2 Stand Up Appearances)
2004 ABC TV Stand Up (Stand Up Appearance)
2004 Network Ten Rove Live (Stand Up Appearance)
2004 Network Ten Before The Game (Writer)
2003 thecomedychannel Hit and Run (Guest)
2003 thecomedychannel Takeshi’s Castle (Guest)
2002 ABC TV The Glass House (Guest Panellist)

 

Television - Acting

2014 ABC TV Upper Middle Bogan, Guest
2010  ABC TV The Librarians, Season 3, Regular

  

Directing

2016   Recepient (with Paul Horan) of a Malthouse Theatre Co. Lab Artist development residence
2014 Geraldine Quinn "MDMA: Modern Day Maiden Aunt" - Melbourne International Comedy Festival (4 Stars - The Age)
2013 Lessons With Luis "FAMOUCITY" Melbourne International Comedy Festival (5 Stars - Time Out)
2012 Tegan Higginbotham ""Million Dollar Tegan"" (Best Newcomer nomination at the 2012 MICF)
2011 Comedy Zone Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2010 Tommy Dassalo “An Explosion of Colours”, Melbourne International Comedy Festival (4 Stars)
2010 Nelly Thomas “I Coulda Been a Sailor”, Melbourne International Comedy Festival (4 Stars)
2010 Halley Metcalf “Five Stars”, Melbourne International Comedy Festival (“...the delivery of a young Julia Morris...” The Age)
2009 Tommy Dassalo “Out At The Pictures”, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2007 The Comedy Zone Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Including Hannah Gadsby and Celia Pacquola)
2006 The Comedy Zone Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Including Josh Thomas and Mat Kenneally)

 

Other Notable Live Work

2016   Just For Laughs Sydney Opera House - Stand Up Series - Comedy Spot
2016   Splendour In The Grass - Comedy Spot
2015   Can You Take This Photo Please? LIVE - Curator/Producer/Host
2015   Wil Anderson – Wiluminati Support Act
2012 - 15   The Shelf - Curator/Producer/Host
2014   Melbourne International Comedy Festival - RAW Comedy India
2013   Panel Moderator - The Creation Myth with Grant Morrison, Len Wein and Dave McKean at the Sydney Opera House
2013   Perth International Comedy Festival Gala (comedy spot)
2013   Forces Entertainment Tour - Entertaining the troops in Afghanistan
2012   Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
2011   Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
2010   Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, Singapore
2009   Regular guest on the Watercooler Segment – 9am with David and Kim
2009   Wil Anderson – Wilosophy Support Act
2007   Wil Anderson – Wil of God Support Act, Sydney Opera House
2007   Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow
2006   Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow
2006   Wil Anderson – Wil Communication National Support Act
2005   Wil Anderson – Kill Wil National Tour Support Act
2005   Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow MC
2005   Rove Stands Up – Adelaide Support Act for Rove McManus’ National Tour, Thebarton Theatre
2004   Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow
2004   Tom Rhodes – Sydney Support Act for Tom Rhodes National Tour
2003   Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
2003   Falls Festival Comedy Stage
2001   Falls Festival Comedy Stage

 

Awards

2011 The Arts Monthly announced that Justin was the ""Comedian of the Decade"" where Tim Ferguson stated: ""Hamilton’s shows eschew traditional structures and standard subject matter. His work consistently challenges his audiences, asking important questions about history, truth, death and identity. It reveals a razor-sharp intellect and fearless questing heart. His humour is dangerous, offering perspectives that can be frightening in scope and intent.""
2008 Nominated for the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, for The Killing Joke
2008 Winner of the Advertiser Overall Fringe Award for Three Colours Hammo
2007 Festival Director’s Award Melbourne International Comedy Festival for Three Colour Hammo
2007 Brian McCarthy Moosehead Memorial Award Recipient for Three Colours Hammo
2003 Winner of the “Piece of Wood Award (an award chosen by fellow comedians) in the Melbourne Comedy Festival for Justin Sane

 

 

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Last Updated: October 2016