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Peter Helliar

Peter Helliar has been one of Australia’s favourite comedians since his first appearance on our TV screens as a core cast member on the Logie Award winning Rove back in 1999. Pete has performed stand up for years, selling out shows right across the country, where he makes “the difficult business of being funny look dead easy”.

Now the Gold Logie Nominee makes Australian’s laugh from his seat on The Project four nights a week, as well as hosting brand new quiz show CRAM for Network TEN.

A man of many talents, Peter created and co-produced the award winning It’s A Date ABC TV series, in which he also made his television directorial debut. Best-selling children’s author was also added to his impressive list of credits when he released his first ever kids book Frankie Fish (Hardie Grant) in 2017. 

PETER HELLIAR

Comedian/Writer/Director/Broadcaster/Presenter

 

Pete first came to the nation’s attention in 1999 as a cast member of Rove, Rove McManus’ ill-fated first series on the Nine Network. When the show went to Network TEN in 2000, Pete went with it, becoming an integral part of the Logie Award winning variety show until it wound up at the end of 2009 after ten historic years on Australian TV.

 

In 2003, Pete took on Australian Rules football with After The Game, which became Before The Game in 2004. The following year Pete created Bryan Strauchan, Collingwood rookie and instant superstar. “Strauchanie” created an AFL sensation, picking up the code’s Personality Of The Year Award, getting his own car in the Grand Final Parade, and even being immortalised on his own official AFL Footy Card and winning Best On Ground at the 2009 EJ Whitten match.

 

All the while Pete has been working as a stand up, touring to sold-out houses in Australia and New Zealand as well as hosting his own radio shows for Triple M and 2Day-FM and guesting regularly on Nova.

 

Writing has always been at the centre of everything Pete has done as a comedian. After Rove was cancelled by the Nine Network in 1999 Pete started work on some film ideas, and in 2009 he found himself on the set of his very own feature film... In 2010 I Love You Too, produced by Princess Pictures and starring Brendan Cowell, Peter Dinklage, Yvonne Strahovski and Megan Gale was released.

 

Pete also created It’s A Date, a comedy series which aired on the ABC in the second half of 2013. The series, produced by Princess Pictures, was nominated for an AACTA award and warmly received by the ABC audience. A second season of It’s A Date brought all-new awkward, beautiful, funny, sad dating scenarios into our lounge rooms in October 2014. As well as writing and co-producing, Pete turned his hand to acting in and directing a number of episodes across both series.

 

2014 proved to be a super-busy year for Pete. In addition to writing, directing and co-producing IAD2, he joined the desk at The Project as a full time co-host, replacing one of his best mates, Dave Hughes.

 

Alongside his television commitments with The Project, Pete continues to tour the country with his live stand-up shows each year,

 

And 2016 has been no less frantic. Pete toured around Australia and New Zealand with his new show One Hot Mess, culminating in performing at the Opera House as part of Just for Laughs Sydney. He also features in the new Warner Bros animated movie Storks, voicing a character alongside Andy Samberg, Jennifer Anniston and Kelsey Grammer. Just don’t tell Pete he looks tired.

 

“Give Peter Helliar a stage, a microphone, some bright lights and a captive audience and he shows why he is one of the nation’s favourite comedians” Sunday Mail

“Wonderful… a bizarre revelation” The Age, Melbourne

“Peter Helliar makes the difficult business of being funny look dead easy." Adelaide Advertiser

 

 

 

Television

2014-16 Network TEN The Project (co-host)
2016 Network TEN MICF Comedy Allstars Gala (host)
2014 ABC1 It's A Date 2 (writer/director/co-producer)
2014 Network TEN 50 Years of TEN (co-host)
2014 Network TEN MICF Comedy Allstars Gala (stand up)
2013 Network TEN This Week Live (guest panellist)
2013 ABC TV Tractor Monkeys (guest panellist)
2013 Network TEN A League of Their Own (guest panellist)
2013 ABC TV Adam Hills Tonight (guest)
2013 ABC TV

It’s A Date (writer, director, actor)

2013 Network TEN The Project (regular fill in host)
2012 ABC2 Warehouse Comedy Festival – Peter Helliar in Snazzy (stand up performance)
2012 Network TEN Before The Game (Strauchanie Commentary Box segments)
2012 TV3 NZ 7 Days (panellist)
2012 Nine Network EJ Whitten Legends Game (Strauchanie as Participant)
2012 Channel 7 Pictures of You
2011 Network TEN The Circle (guest)
2011 ABC TV The Trophy Room (Host)
2011 ABC TV Spicks and Specks (Contestant)
2011 Network TEN Before The Game (Strauchanie Commentary Box segments)
2011 Network TEN AFL Telecast – Strauchanie interviews
2011 Nine Network EJ Whitten Legends Game (Strauchanie as Participant)
2011 TV3 NZ 7 Days (panellist)
2011 TV3 NZ NZCF Gala (stand up spot)
2011 Network TEN The 7PM Project (guest)
2011 Channel 31 Studio A Live (guest)
2011 ABC2 Marngrook Footy Show (Strauchanie as guest)
2010 TV3 NZ NZCF AotearoHA Comedy Carnival Gala Special (host)
2010 ABC TV The Trophy Room (Host)
2010 Network TEN Before The Game Grand Final Special (live cross to Strauchanie)
2010 ONE HD Thursday Night Live (live cross to Strauchanie)
2010 Nine Network EJ Whitten Legends Game (Participant)
2010 Seven Network The Bounce (Host)
2010 Seven Network The Morning Show (fill in Co-Host)
2010 Seven Network The Good Friday Appeal (Host of Panel Segment)
2000-2009 Network TEN Rove [Live] and ROVE (Core Cast Member and Writer)
2009 Network TEN 7PM Project (Panellist)
2009 Foxtel Nickelodeon Kids Choice (AwardsPresenter)
2009 NZ TV3 Campbell LIVE (Guest)
2009 NZ TV3 Seven Days (Contestant)
2009 Nine Network EJ Whitten Legends Game (Participant)
2009 ABC TV Spicks and Specks (Contestant)
2008 - 2009 Network TEN Before The Game
2008 Comedy Channel The Merrick and Rosso Show (Guest)
2008 Nine Network EJ Whitten Legends Game (Participant)
2008 ABC TV Spicks and Specks (Contestant) (as Bryan “Strauchanie” Strauchan)
2008 Network TEN ING 2008 Australia Vodafone Celebrity Challenge Grand Prix (Competitor)
2007 ABC-TV Spicks and Specks (Contestant)
2007 Network TEN NAB AFL Rising Star Awards (Bryan “Strauchanie” Strauchan co-host)
2007 Network TEN Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala (Host)
2007 Network TEN Thank God You’re Here (Contestant)
2004 – 2007 Network TEN Before The Game (Core Cast Member and Writer)
2000 – 2009 Network TEN Rove [Live] and ROVE (Core Cast Member & Writer)
2006 Network TEN Australia’s Brainiest Comedian (Contestant)
2006 ABC TV The Glass House (Guest)
2006 Network TEN Brownlow Awards (Bryan “Strauchanie” Strauchan– Red carpet coverage)
2005 ABC TV The Glass House (Guest)
2003 Network TEN skitHOUSE (Core Cast Member & Writer)
2003 Network TEN After The Game (Host & Writer)
2002 Network TEN North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast (Host)
2000 & 2002 TEN/Nine Network Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance x 3)
1999 Network TEN Sydney Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
1999 Network TEN Good News Week (Panellist)
1999 Nine Network rove (Core Cast Member & Writer)
1999 ABC TV O’Loghlin On Saturday Night (Stand Up Appearance)
1998 Nine Network IMT (Stand Up Appearance)
1997 – 1998 Channel 31 (Melb) The Loft (Core Cast Member & Writer)
1997 thecomedychannel Headliners (Stand Up Appearance)
1997 Channel 31 Under Melbourne Tonight (Stand Up Appearance)

 

Radio

2014 Nova Entertainment Breakfast host with Hughesy (fill in)
2013 Nova 100  Hughesy and Kate (fill in for Kate)
2011 -2012 Classic FM (melb) The Cheap Seats (weekly Saturday Morning sports show with Scott Cummings)
2011 Nova 100 Breakfast host with Kate (fill in for Hughesy)
2010 Nova (national) Regular cohost on Nova National Drive Ryan, Monty & Whippa
2008 – 2009 Triple M Austereo “Pete & Myf” Breakfast host with Myf Warhurst
2007 Nova 100 (Melb) Breakfast Host with Hughesy (filling in for Kate for 2 months)
2006-2007 Nova 100 (Melbourne Breakfast with Hughsey and Kate (weekly guest spot)
2006 Nova 969 (Sydney) Breakfast Host with Rove McManus (filling in for Merrick and Rosso for 3 weeks)
2006 SAFM (Adelaide) Breakfast with Millie, Lehmo and Louie (Strauchanie - weekly guest during AFL Season)
2005 Austereo Network Pete’s Show (Host)
2005 Austereo Network The Arvo (Co-host)
2004 2 DAY FM (Sydney) The Judith Lucy Show (Co-Host)
2004 Austereo Network Rove [Live] Radio (Core Team Member)
2001 – 2003 Austereo Network Saturday Morning Rove (Core Team Member)
2000 Triple J Merrick and Rosso (Regular Guest)
1999 Triple J Merrick and Rosso (Pete PI Segment)
1998 Triple J Hair Of The Dog (Regular Guest)
1997 – 98 Syndicated Home Grown Humour (Stand Up Appearances)

** Peter has also made various publicity appearances on a variety of radio networks.

 

 

Live Shows

2016 One Hot Mess - Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Ten Days on the Island Hobart, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival, Canberra. Darwin Comedy Festiva, Just For Laughs Sydney Opera House
2014 - 15 Totes Grouseballs - Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Store, Canberra Comedy Festival
2013 Whatevs (…Forevs) - Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth International Comedy Festival
2012 Snazzy – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2011 Peter Helliar’s World of Balls – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival
2010 Peter Helliar’s Dreamboat Tour – Solo show Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Darwin Festival, Astor Theatre – Perth, Campbelltown Arts Centre
2007 Hellraiser – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival
2006 Frisky – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival (return season), Auckland – Sky City.
2005 Frisky – Solo Show Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne & Perth
2004 Lovely Jubbly – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe
2003 Lovely Jubbly – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Opera House
2002 Thinking Out Loud – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival
2001 Peter Helliar’s Autumn Catalogue – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2001 Rove [Live] Live – with Corinne Grant & Rove McManus Riverside Theatre – Parramatta, Twelfth Night Theatre – Brisbane, Regal Theatre – Perth
2000 Kokomo Or Bust – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2000 Rove [Live] Live – with Corinne Grant, Dave Callan & Rove McManus Hi-Fi Bar – Melbourne, Metro – Sydney
1999 The Cast Of rove Live – with Corinne Grant, Dave Callan & Rove McManus Prince Patrick Hotel – Melbourne
1999 Shame: The College Years – with Rove McManus, Kim Hope & Adam Richard Melbourne International Comedy Festival
1999 This Much Is True – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe 2000
1998 Shame – with Adam Richard, Kim Hope & Rove McManus Melbourne International Comedy Festival

 

Other Notable Live Work

2016 Just For Laughs, Sydney Opera House - All Star Gala, Stand Up Series, Solo Show
2013-14 Peter Helliar and Tom Gleeson Live - Townsville, Cairns/Mandurah, Albany, Bunbury/Hawthorn Arts Centre/regional NSW
2013 Laugh Your Pants Off - Jupiters Casino (headliner)
2013 Just for Laughs Sydney - International Gala (spot)
2013 Just for Laughs Sydney - Date Night (host)
2013 Red Earth Arts Festival 
2013 Sydney Comedy Festival Cracker Night (MC)
2011 Coogee Comedy Festival – Selinas - Sydney
2008 Jason Alexander's Comedy Spectacular - The Palms at Crown Casino - Melbourne
2008 Spicks and Speck-tacular (Melbourne International Comedy Festival remix) – The Comedy Theatre, Melbourne
2007 The Big Finale – Hobart Comedy Festival Gala (Headline Stand Up Spot)
2006 Canteen Comedy Gala (Stand Up Spot), Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
2006 Fantasea Reef Festival, Whitsundays QLD - Peter Helliar LIVE
2006 Sale Water Water Festival – VIC - Peter Helliar LIVE
2006 RAW Comedy Victorian State Final (Host)
2002 Apollo Bay Music Festival
2002 Big Laugh Comedy Festival, Parramatta
2002 St. Kilda Film Festival (Host)
2001 Offshore Festival
2000 Offshore Festival
1999 & 2000 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

** Peter is in high demand as a stand up comedian and has headlined in virtually every major venue across the country.

 

 

Film

2016 Storks - Warner Bros. Character voiceover for film starring Andy Samburg, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell and Kelsey Grammer
2012 Scumbus – EHK Productions and Network TEN
2010 I Love You Too - Village Roadshow Written and co-produced by Pete with Laura Waters and directed by Daina Reid. Starring Brendan Cowell, Peter Dinklage,Yvonne Strahovski and Megan Gale.

 

Writing/Directing

2014 Television Series "It's A Date" Series 2 produced by Princess Pictures - writing & directing
2013 Television Series “It’s a Date” produced by Princess Pictures - writing & directing
2010 Film “I Love You Too” released by Village Roadshow
2007 Book title: “Bryan Strauchan: My Story” as told by Peter Helliar and Paul Calleja. Published by Allen & Unwin
1994 Peter wrote the screenplay for Looking Through A Mortal Lens, which was shortlisted by the AFC under the New Screen Writer’s Scheme.

 

Awards

2016 Logie Award for Best News Panel or Current Affairs Program - The Project
2009 The Logie Award for Most Popular Light Entertainment Program – ROVE
2007 Comedian of the Year – GQ Magazine “Men of the Year” Awards
2005 AFL Personality of the Year (as Bryan Strauchan)
2005 The Logie Award for Most Popular Light Entertainment Program – Rove Live
2004 The Logie Award for Most Popular Light Entertainment Program – Rove Live
2003 The Logie Award for Most Popular Light Entertainment Program – Rove Live
2002 The Logie Award for Most Popular Light Entertainment Program – Rove Live
1999 Comedy song Bevan The Musical was voted 35 in the Triple J Hottest 100

 

Recordings

2012 DVD release of Peter Helliar, Snazzy  Warehouse Comedy Festival Series, Madman Entertainment
2006 Release of “Strauchanie - Pure B.S” DVD distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment
2010 Release of “I Love You Too” DVD distributed by Roadshow

 

Podcast

2011-NOW Helliar and Hammo Dig Flicks! Peter Helliar & Justin Hamilton discuss their favourite topic – movies!

 

Corporate

Various clients including the AFL, BAT, Coca Cola, Toyota, Masterfoods, Collingwood Football Club, Computer Associates, Essendon Football Club, Fosters, Microsoft, Murdock Magazines, Myer Grace Brothers, Telstra and Hallmark.

 

 

Exclusively represented by Token Artists.

Contact: Dioni Andis - 02 9690 5922 or dioni.andis@token.com.au

Last updated:  September 2016