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Speakers Profile - Joel Ozborn

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Joel Ozborn's first real taste for comedy came when he won his High School public speaking competition. Rather than delivering a conventional speech on politics or the environment he chose to talk about the anxiety of Wombat's, which left both students and teachers in stitches. Following in the footsteps of Robin Williams and Eddie Izzard, Joel began honing his craft on the street at Sydney's Circular Quay. Not wanting to resort to the predictable type of street show with a unicycle or juggling equipment, Joel created his own bizarre style of street comedy, which led to him winning the 1998 "Street Performer Of The Year" competition presented by the Sydney Opera House live on 2Day FM.

Later that year, Joel moved to America to work with Internationally renowned comedian / magician The Amazing Johnathan. Over the course of the next few years, Joel found himself traveling extensively across nearly all 52 states, visiting world-famous cities such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Boise Idaho. Joel's street performing continued in Los Angeles in front of the large crowds at world-famous Venice Beach. Knowing all too well that the people were used to the bizarre, Joel created more "off the wall" comedy to really grab their attention. This included having a sling shot fired at his face and squeezing his body through a genuine tennis racket, to name but a few.

Upon returning home to Australia in 2002, Joel became a regular in comedy clubs across the country, including regular performances at Sydney's Original Comedy Store, where he continued to entertain audiences with his unique style of comedy. This quickly led to a number of performances around the globe, from South East Asia to as far as Las Vegas.

In late 2004, Joel returned to the world-famous Sydney Opera House, this time performing inside. The following year proved to be Joel's busiest yet as he embarked on a successful National Theatre Tour with fellow comedian, Akmal Saleh. Towards the end of 2005, he joined American comedian, Arj Barker on his Theatre Tour and sellout season of Sydney shows. 2006 turned out to be an even bigger year for Joel, as he took part in the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sydney Cracker Comedy Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 2007 saw Joel return to the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and continue the rest of the year on another national theatre tour. 2008 has seen Joel back at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Sydney Cracker Festival, and a sold-out season of shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Joel continues to headline comedy clubs across the nation.