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Rod Quantock

Rod Quantock is one of the reasons that Melbourne is the live comedy capital of Australia. As a pioneer of stand-up comedy, Rod has more than thirty years’ experience working in cabaret, theatre, television and radio.

In 2013, Rod celebrated his 45th year in stand up with a one off show at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre which received rave reviews in the media. 

The truly remarkable thing about Rod is that for that time he has remained a contemporary stand-up comedian, evolving and staying at the forefront of the craft. His contribution was rewarded when he received the 2004 Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award, putting him in the company of such arts luminaries as Geoffrey Rush, Robyn Nevin, Nick Enright & Paul Grabowsky.

In 2015 Rod was recognized with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his service to the performing arts, and to conservation and sustainability. 

Rod Quantock

Rod Quantock is a pioneer of Australian comedy with more than forty-five years in stand-up, cabaret, theatre, television and radio. He is the only comedian to have performed at the first 30 Melbourne International Comedy Festivals and one of the few – perhaps the only – to be awarded an Order of Australia for his work. It is not hyperbole to say that he is an Australian legend.

Rod is known first and foremost as a very funny man but his reach extends beyond comedy into political and social activism. A passionate environmental activist and advocate for social justice, he lobs Molotov cocktails of mirth at the most serious of subjects. When you see Rod Quantock in action, you can be sure he’ll be talking about something of substance; he just may be holding a rubber chicken.

For his trouble, Rod has received numerous awards over his 45 year career, but he’s perhaps most proud of his 2015 Order of Australia, his 2004 Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award (putting him in the company of such arts luminaries as Geoffrey Rush, Robyn Nevin, Nick Enright, Lucy Guerin and Paul Grabowsky) and his Honorary Associate Fellowship at the Institute of Sustainability at Melbourne University for his contribution to the environmental debate in this country. His career and contribution are unparalleled.

Rod’s performing career began with a low profile 1954 appearance in the West Coburg Baptist Church’s Nativity Play. He played the role of the Guiding Star. He’s been guiding audiences in the Quantock world-view ever since. The remarkable thing about Rod’s long career is that he has remained a contemporary stand-up comedian, evolving and staying at the forefront of the craft.

 

“A living Melbourne treasure” The Age, Melbourne

 

“Sophisticated satire, unpretentious, daffy. His easy rambling fills the stage. Clever, simple and acid... a comedian for thinkers.”

The Melbourne Times

 

“A gloriously shambling style, punctuated by sudden gags and proposals of Swiftian excess... He is the archetypal wise fool adrift in a dark & dangerous world.” The Australian

 

“For sheer cheek and inventiveness, the amazing Rod Quantock must take the honours. Bizarre, fresh, theatrically dangerous, unpredictable”

The Guardian, London

 

“wit, warmth & aplomb... wise, scary, funny.” The Age, Melbourne

 

“We walked away entertained, reflective and finally, amazed.

If you only see one comedy show this year, make it

Sunrise Boulevard.” Daily Telegraph, Sydney

 

“Quantock is hilarious, accessible & passionate.” Herald Sun

 

"He’s the thinking audience’s comic – holing it in absolute fascination. His ability to maintain several through-lines throughout the show holds everything together in near perfection. You must see him."

The Adelaide Advertiser

 

"…always funny, intelligent and socially responsible"

Herald Sun, Melbourne

 

“Rod Quantock is still our best political comedian. He may simply be our best comedian.” Herald Sun

 

“This show has huge belly-laughs, but it is often so close to the truth of the mad events in our world at present that we laugh with an ache. Quantock’s show is about learning and laughing. Go now” Herald Sun

 

“Quantock is the master of comedy as social criticism”

The Sunday Age, Melbourne

 

“Bus is the most chaotic, unplanned fun you can have. Take a friend. Take a camera. Take the risk.” The Age, Melbourne

 

“Rod Quantock is an extremely sophisticated comedian at the height of his craft.” The Adelaide Advertiser

 

 

Live Shows

2016-17 The Last Tim Tam - Melbourne
2015 Drivetime with Two Leggy Redheads - Rod Quantock and Fiona Scott Norman, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2014 Invitation to a Revolution - Melbourne Fringe Festival
2014 Peak-A-Boo - Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Canberra Comedy Festival
2013 Rod Quantock: Forty Five and Counting - The Athenaeum Theatre Melbourne
2013 Rod Quantock's Fourth Annual Mystery Walking Comedy Tour - Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2012 Rod Quantock’s Annual Mystery Walking Tour Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2011 The Insane Asylum (You’re Standing In it) Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2011 The History of the Melbourne Comedy Festival, A Walking Tour Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2011 Court in the Act - Melbourne
2010 The People We Should Eat First (And How To Cook Them) Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2010 In The Beginning: A Walking Tour Of The Birth Of Melbourne Comedy Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2009 Bugger The Polar Bears, This is Serious – Solo Show Trades Hall, Melbourne
2009 Rod Quantock Eats Himself – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2008 Last Man Standing – Solo Show Trades Hall, Melbourne
2008 2050 AD The Musical – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2007 The John Howard Farewell Party – Solo Show Canberra, Melbourne
2007 anconvenientlie – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2007 Hand In Bloody Hand: The John & Janette Story – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe Festival
2007 Court in the Act – Solo Show Melbourne
2006 The Annual Report – Solo Show Regional Arts Victoria National Tour, Tasmanian Regional Arts Tour
2006 Rod Quantock’s Australia! – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2005 Demockracy – Solo Show Melbourne
2005 A Brief History Of The End Of The World – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2004 Howard On Ice: The Musical – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2004 Changing Regimes – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe
2003 The Axis Of Stupidity – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Darwin Festival
2003 Sun, Sex & Sydition – Solo Show Big Laugh Comedy Festival – Parramatta
2002 Scum Nation – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2002 Boredom Protection Policy – Solo Show Melbourne
2002 Bus – Solo Show Big Laugh Comedy Festival – Parramatta, Melbourne
2001 Lest We Forget: An Inquiry Into Police, Politics & Protest – Solo Show Melbourne
2001 The Rodtacular – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Celebrating Rod’s 30 Years in Comedy)
2000 Utopia – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
1999 Eureka – A Blueprint For The Revolution – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
1999 A Major Event: The Final Report of the Comedian General into the State of Victoria – Solo Show Melbourne
1998 Crown Of Thorns – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Harold Park Hotel – Sydney, Return Melbourne Season
1998 Double Dissolution – Solo Show Melbourne
1997 Sunrise Boulevard – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide, Return Melbourne Season, Harold Park Hotel – Sydney 1998
1997 Happy Birthday Jesus – Ensemble Show Melbourne
1996 Bus: A Moving Experience – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
1988 Rod Quantock Inflates – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
1988 Bus – Solo Show Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Bus was specially chosen by the Australian Bicentennial Authority to represent Australia at the Edinburgh Festival)
1981 Bus, Son Of Tram – Solo Show Melbourne. Return Melbourne Seasons 1982, 1984. Sydney 1983. Melbourne International Comedy Festival 1986
1980 Tram – Solo Show Melbourne

 

** Various shows between 1973 & 1980, both solo and group devised with Mary Kennealley, Stephen Blackburn & Geoff Brooks, at Melbourne’s pioneer comedy venues The Comedy Café & Banana Lounge, Fiobles Theatre Restaurant, The Flying Trapeze Café, The Last Laugh and The Pram Factory.

 

**Rod has also toured his stand-up show, Bugger The Polar Bears, This is Serious to dozens of regional venues and sustainable living festivals across the country.

 

Television

2006 ABC TV Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (Interview)
2006 SBS Insight (Guest Appearance)
2006 Comedy Channel Stand Up! Australia (StandUp Appearance)
2005 ABC TV Talking Heads (Interview)
2004 ABC TV Stand Up! (Stand Up Appearance)
2003 Ten Network GNW Debate (Adjudicator)
2002 Ten Network GNW Debate (Adjudicator)
2001 ABC TV The Glass House (Development Consultant)
2001 Ten Network GNW Debate (Debater)
2001 ABC TV The Peoplescape Concert Celebrating the Centenary of Australian Federation (Solo Sketch Appearances x 2)
1999 – 2000 ABC TV Backberner (Head Writer)
2000 ABC TV One Size Fits All (Producer & Writer)
1999 ABC TV Standing Up (Interviewer)
1998 – 2001 ABC TV Comedy Unit - Script consultant & Associate Producer
1997 - 2000 ABC TV/Ten Network Good News Week (Regular Panellist)
1997 Nine Network Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
1996 Seven Network Denton (Writer)
1990 Seven Network Lift Off (Writer)
1989 - 1990 ABC TV The Big Gig (Writer & Stand Up Appearances x 2)
1989 Seven Network Fast Forward (Associate Producer/Script Editor)
1986 ABC TV Book Program (Host)
1983 – 1984 ABC TV Australia You’re Standing In It (Cast Member & Writer)
1981 Ten Network Ratbags (Cast Member & Writer)
1976 ABC TV The Razzle Dazzle Revue (Writer & Performer)

 

Corporate

Various clients such as AMP, the Australian Bicentennial Authority, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, the Department of Premier & Cabinet (Victoria), IBM, Kraft Foods, NAB, Privacy Victoria & Red Tulip Chocolates to name just a few.

 

Awards

2015 Order of Australia Medal (OAM)
2004 Winner of the Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award (Individual Award).
2003 Nominated for the Barry Award for the best show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
1997 Winner of the Green Room Award for Best Fringe Performance for Sunrise Boulevard. This is the first time a comedian has won this prestigious award
1999 Nominated for the Campus Activities Victoria Best Comedy Act Award

 

Other

- Rod has been a founding member on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival board, a consultant to the Melbourne Moomba Festival and a member of the Arts Committee of the Bicentennial BHP Awards For Excellence

- Rod opened and operated The Comedy Café & Banana Lounge along with comedy cohorts Mary Kenneally, Geoff Brooks & Stephen Blackburn

- Rod wrote a column for The Sunday Age between 1989 and 1994. Lothian Books published a compilation of these columns in 1999 called Double Dissolution

 

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Updated: August 2017