Rod Quantock

2015 Order of Australia Medal

“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

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 fifty years’ experience working in cabaret, theatre, television and radio.

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.

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 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. He has also received an 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.

To celebrate Rod’s 50th year of performing stand-up, he returned with a brand-new show Happy Birthday to Me at the Arts Centre as part of the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

 

  • Live Shows
  • Television
  • Corporate
  • Awards
  • Other

2018 – Happy Birthday To Me
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2016-18 – The Last Tim Tam
Melbourne

2015 – Drivetime with Two Leggy Redheads – Rod Quantock & 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 Comedy Walking 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.

2006 – ABC TV: Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (Interview)

2006 – SBS: Insight (Guest Appearance)

2006 – Comedy Channel: Stand Up! Australia (Stand Up Appearance)

2005 – ABC TV: Talking Heads (Interview)

2004 – Comedy Channel: Stand Up! Australia (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)

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.

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

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