Oliver Coleman

NOMINEE: Best Newcomer, 2019 Melbourne Comedy Festival,
NOMINEE: Golden Gibbo, 2019 Melbourne Comedy Festival

“You can’t fail to be swept up in his supercharged delivery and creative mind” Chortle

Overflowing with ludicrous levels of creativity, Oliver Coleman is one of the most exciting performers to arrive on the Australian comedy scene in recent memory.

Oliver came to most people’s attention for the first time with his debut solo-show Poolside. A chaotically funny hour of sketch comedy that was nominated for the Best Newcomer and Golden Gibbo awards at the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and Best Comedy at Melbourne Fringe.

While relatively new to the world of stand up, Oliver has been hard at work as an exciting creative force for several years.

An actor and stage performer since he was a teenager, Oliver graduated with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Acting) from the Victorian College of Arts in 2013. Since then, he has performed extensively in local independent theatre including with directors such as Bridget Balodis, Prue Clarke and Gary Abrahams, and appeared in guest roles on various Australian network TV productions.

After performing at numerous Melbourne Fringe and Comedy Festivals, Oliver moved to Scotland in 2016 where he fully immersed himself into the world of stand up and sketch comedy. He performed extensively at UK venues such as The Stand, Monkey Barrel and eventually shows at Edinburgh Fringe, Leicester Comedy Festival and Glasgow Comedy Festival.  It turns out that performing ‘alternative’ comedy to drunken Glaswegian football fans eating pizza is a terrific way to earn your chops as a performer.

Oliver returned to our shores at the end of 2018. On top of the success of Poolside, he has been a recipient of a Melbourne International Comedy Festival Moosehead Award, and most recently teamed up with good friend and collaborator Blake Everett to create “Blake Everett and Oliver Coleman: Dig Their Own Graves”

Dig Their Own Graves follows the adventures of two shovel salesmen known as the Shovel Brothers, on the run from an evil Russian mobster over a shovel deal gone awry.

A show of pure anarchy that saw them receive numerous 4 ½ and 5 star reviews, critical acclaim and a complete sell out their runs at the 2021 Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


2021   Blake Everett and Oliver Coleman Dig Their Own Grave – Show with Blake Everett
Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2019-2020    Poolside
Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Perth Fringe

2019                Secret Bridemaids’ Business – Even Reid – SBS Productions/ Seven Network

2015                Neighbours – Brett Holden – Network Ten / Fremantle Media

2015                Molly – Best Boy – Seven Network / Pop Machine Pty Ltd

2016                Reasons To Stay Inside | Melbourne Fringe, Perth Fringe | Dir. Prue Clarke
2014                Rivers of China | Don’t Look Away | Dir. Phil Rouse
2014                Therese Raquin | Dirt Pretty Theatre | Dir. Gary Abrahams
2014                Angry Sexx | Melbourne Fringe | Dir. Bridget Balodis
2014                The Legend of King O’Malley | Don’t Look Away (La Mama) | Dir. Phil Rouse
2014                The Judas Kiss | Mockingbird Theatre | Dir. Jason Cavanagh
2013                It’s An Earthquake in my Heart | VCA | Dir. Robert Walton
2013                Pericles | VCA | Dir. Tanya Gerstle
2013                My Man Godfrey | VCA  | Dir. Tanya Dichson
2012                Savage in Limbo | VCA | Dir. Peta Coy
2012                Ship of Fools | VCA | Dir. Jane Woolard
2011                The Cherry Orchard | VCA | Dir. Melanie Beddie
2010                Writing Angus | La Mama | Dir. Daniel Lammin
2010                The Cutting Boys | La Mama | Dir. Daniel Lammin
2010                UnAustralia | La Mama | Dir. Tim Nolan

2020                WINNER, Moosehead Award – The Prawning
2019                WINNER, Brisbane Comedy Festival Touring Award, Melbourne Fringe – Poolside
2019                NOMINEE, Best Comedy, Melbourne Fringe – Poolside
2019                NOMINEE, Best Newcomer, Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Poolside
2019                NOMINEE, Golden Gibbo, Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Poolside