Corey White

“He brings the laughs right to your doorstep”
- ★★★★ Herald Sun

There are few voices in comedy as unique and potent as Corey White.

In 2014, Corey performed his debut stand up show The Cane Toad Effect – a staggeringly personal story of his experience growing up in foster care, surviving domestic violence, recovering from drug addiction and dealing with mental illness. He handled this material with a deftness and humour that far exceeded his experience, garnering critical praise and winning Best Show at the 2014 Sydney Fringe and Best Newcomer Award at the 2015 Melbourne Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival.

He was later profiled on ABC TV’s Australian Story, shining a light on his and his sister’s experience growing up in the foster care system and the path that took him all the way to the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. In late 2016 he was selected to have his show recorded as part of the ABC Next Gen comedy series.

Corey returned to the stage in 2019 with a hilarious brand-new stand-up show, X-Ray, which performed at the Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festival.

In 2018, Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise, a series created by Corey for the ABC, aimed to solve all the world’s problems while continuing to advocate for change for kids stuck in our dysfunctional foster care system. He is also very funny.

The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory, a memoir written by Corey White was released by Penguin on 16th July 2019.

What they have said about The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory:

“‘So beautifully written, so important, so absolutely unflinching as it gently takes you by the hand to show you exactly what the difference is between falling and flying.’” Sarah Krasnostein

“‘There are so many reasons that I loved this book but one of them is that, while Corey’s story is extraordinary, his honesty will make it touch anyone with a heart (and that might be the corniest thing that I’ve ever written). Just read it.’” Judith Lucy

“‘Equal parts hilarious and horrifying, Corey’s story is one of the most powerful I have ever read.’” Wil Anderson

  • Television
  • Live Shows
  • Awards
  • Books
  • Other Notable Work

2018 – ABC TV: Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise (Creator, writer, host)

2018 – ABC TV: Q&A (Panellist)

2017 – ABC TV: Comedy Next Gen: The Cane Toad Effect (Stand Up Special)

2015 – Comedy Channel: Just For Laughs Australia Stand Up Series (Stand Up)

2015 – ABC TV: Australian Story – Seriously Funny


2019 – X-Ray – Solo Show
Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2018 – Corey White: In Conversation with Jan Fran
Yack Festival Sydney

2014-16 – The Cane Toad Effect – Solo Show
2014 Sydney Fringe Festival, 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Return Show – 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

2014: Best Show – Sydney Fringe Festival

2015: Best Newcomer – Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2015: Best Newcomer – Sydney Comedy Festival

2019 – Penguin Random: House The Prettiest Horse In The Glue Factory

Corey is a regular keynote speaker at conferences and workshops for Foster Care and Youth Workers around Australia.