Sam Taunton

“On an express elevator to stardom.” Herald Sun

Sam Taunton is one of the most exciting new voices in Australian comedy.

Bursting onto the scene in 2017 he was nominated for the prestigious Best Newcomer award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and has since gone on to perform comedy all over the world.

A Raw National Finalist in 2015, Sam was then handpicked by the Melbourne Comedy Festival for The Comedy Zone (2016). Sam smashed his first solo hour Taunts Down For What in 2017, scoring him a MCF Best Newcomer nomination and a nomination for Best Comedy at Perth Fringeworld.

With his 2019 solo show, Straight From The Shoulder, Sam charmed Australian audiences, selling out rooms around the country. Winning the Pinder Prize at Melbourne International Comedy Festival with this show, Sam toured to critical acclaim throughout Asia and India culminating in a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe.

Sam has toured with the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow throughout Australia and is a regular at Splendour In The Grass and the nationwide Falls Festival. He’s performed at the Sydney Opera House as part of Just For Laughs and been seen and heard on Channel 10’s The Project, ABC2’s Comedy Up Late, MTV, SBS, Channel [V], ABC Radio, HIT Networks, NOVA and triple j. Sam has also recorded an hour long stand-up special for ABC TV as part of their  Comedy Next Gen series.

His 2021 stand-up show Rooster was performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Sydney Comedy Festival to outstanding reviews, firmly cementing him as one of the hottest young voices on the Australian comedy scene. He will be returning to the festival circuit with his latest show Yoho Diabolo in 2022.

Juggling stand up and various media projects including his role as roving reporter/idiot for Channel 10’s The Project, his captive storytelling and quick-fire punchlines have seen him emerge as one of the most in-demand acts in the country.

He also hosted a television show about Geordie Shore which he is not proud of and asked the producers to bury.

“On an express elevator to stardom.” Herald Sun

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

2020 – STAN: Lockdown Comedy Festival (Comedy Spot)

2020 – Network Ten: Hughesy We Have a Problem (Panelist)

2018-22  – Network Ten: The Project (Regular Correspondent)

2018-19 – Fox Sports: The Professor’s Late Hit (Regular Presenter)

2018-19 – Fox Sports: The Night Watchman (Regular Presenter)

2018 – ABC TV: Tonightly with Tom Ballard (Comedy Spot)

2018 – ABC TV: Comedy Next Gen (Stand Up Special)

2018 – MTV: Geordie Shore: The Kick On (Co-Host)

2016-18 – MTV: MTV VJ Host – Regular Presenter

2017 – ABC TV: Comedy Up Late (Host)

2015 – ABC TV: Comedy Up Late (Comedy Spot)

2015 – SBS: RAW Comedy National Final (Comedy Spot)

2015 – Channel 31: The Leak (Regular Presenter)

2015 – Channel 31: Live on Bowen (Regular Presenter)

2022 – Yoho Diabolo– Solo Show
Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival

2021 – Rooster– Solo Show
Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival

2020 – Sydney Opera House Digital Stage (Streamed)
Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

2020 – Rooster– Solo Show
Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Perth Fringe World, Support Act on Peter Helliar’s tour of Loopy

2019 – Straight From The Shoulder – Solo Show
Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Comedy Store Sydney, Edinburgh Fringe

2018 – It’s Nice, It’s Modern – Solo Show
Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Comedy Store Sydney

2017 – Taunts Down For What – Solo Show
Perth Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival

2020-22 – Podcast: The Good Stuff (Co-Host w/ Tom Cashman)

2021 – Nova Podcast: Mates Talking About Stuff (Guest

2020 – Triple J: Weekly Segment on Triple J Breakfast

2020 – Triple J: Fill-in Co-Host on Drive with Michael Hing

2019 – FBI Radio:
 Up For It (Guest)

2019 – HIT Network: Sunday Experiment (Co-Host w/ Nikki Britton)

2018-19 – FBi Radio: FBi Breakfast – Shits & Gigs (Segment Host)

Appeared on various radio stations including Triple J, Triple M, Nova FM, 2SER

2019: Winner – Pinder Prize – Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2017: Nominee – Best Newcomer – Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2017: Nominee – Best Comedy – Perth Fringeworld

2015: Finalist – RAW Comedy National Final – Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2021: 2021 AACTA Awards – Red Carpet Reporter

2019: Powerbomb Comedy Headliner

2019: Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Audible Comedy Up Late

2016-19: MICF Roadshow – Australia and Asia

2018: Just For Laughs Sydney – Stand Up Series

2018: Support for Wil Anderson – Comedy Store Sydney

2018: Support for Rob Brydon – Australia Tour

2017-19: Splendour in the Grass – Stand Up Comedy

2017-19: Sydney Fringe – Split Bill Shows with Cameron James & Tom Cashman

2016: Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Comedy Zone

2016: Triple J Good Az Friday – Comedy Spot