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, culminating in winning the Pinder Prize at this year’s MCF. 

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

His 2019 solo show, Straight From The Shoulder Sam charmed Australian audiences, selling out rooms around the country, and it was this show that saw him win the Pinder Prize at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, which sent him across to a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe where he cemented himself as one of the hottest young Aussie voices on the Australian comedy circuit.

Sam has toured with the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow throughout Australia, Asia and India, is a regular at Splendour In The Grass and the nationwide Falls Festival. Hes 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. In 2018, Sam also recorded an hour long stand-up special for ABC TV as part of their highly coveted Comedy Next Gen series.

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

Juggling stand up and various media projects including his role as roving idiot for Channel 10’s The Project or his weekly segment on Triple J Breakfast his captive storytelling and quick-fire punchlines have seen him emerge as one of the most in-demand acts in the country. 

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

2020 – STAN: Lockdown Comedy Festival (Comedy Spot)

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

2018-20  – 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)

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 – 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

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