Speakers Profile - Natalie Garonzi

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Fun, exuberant and beautiful, Natalie is a very talented model turned television presenter turned comedienne.

Recently appearing on Channel 10s '7pm Project' as correspondent, reporting live on big stories and events happening in your town.

Natalie recently graced our screens on Foxtel's Comedy Channel, testing her skills as a regular cast member up against some of Australia's top comedians on a new series called Comedy Slapdown. 'Slapdown' is an original format created by Fremantle Media for the Comedy Channel hosted by H G Nelson. Teams go up against each other in a fast paced impro show and to her credit, Natalie was the only talent to be cast who doesn't actually have professional stand up or improvisation background. She had an absolute ball!

Natalie has kept herself very busy since her role on Ch 9's The Mint throughout 2007 and 2008. Natalie won the role on The Mint over hundreds who auditioned, she skillfully talked her way through a four hour live television show, a mean feat in anyone's eyes. She utilizes these skills regularly filling in on NOVA's Brisbane radio station. She has been heard during evenings and recently filled in for the coveted Breakfast Show for four weeks during December and January 2009, to wonderful feedback from listeners.

In 2003 and 2004 respectively Natalie also hosted the Seven Network's reality television shows Wedding Switch and Playing it Straight.

During 2002 and 2003, Natalie co-hosted sn:tv, a popular Saturday morning kids TV show on Foxtel's Nickelodeon Channel. She also hosted Nickelodeon's live show, S'Arvo for 45 episodes. Natalie was then selected to host the prestigious Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for Foxtel National.

In her modeling days, Natalie appeared in international fashion parades for Chanel, Vera Wang, Gucci, Armani and Escada, and in Australian Fashion Week from 1993 to 2006.

Natalie is not your average model turned presenter - she has studied script development, character development, improvisation and camera skills. Only having ever auditioned for one acting job, Natalie landed the role of Brie in the Australian feature film You & Your Stupid Mate, along side Nathan Phillips, Angus Sampson and Madeleine West.

She has appeared in numerous television commercials for Sunkist, Honda CRV, Carefree, Bulla Ice-cream, City SmartCard, Myer, Vic Tourism, Asia Pantene, Guinness Beer and a 3 part movie-mercial for Pronto Biscuits in Italy.

Natalie has a wide range of talents including interviewing, live hosting, sketch work, comedy, accents, improvisation and she is a trained dancer. She loves to travel and has extensive knowledge of Asia, Europe and US.