Speakers Profile - Chris North

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Chris North is a Sydney based Comedian and Radio Announcer. The rest of his time is spent as a sought after Corporate MC and Civil Marriage Celebrant. He is currently the Drive Announcer at Triple M. In 2012 he'll be heard around the country as the anchor of the highly anticipated Merrick Watts Show.

Having scraped a living as a telemarketer, a check-out chick and a nightclub DJ after spending six years in a suit for Macquarie Bank, Chris North eventually realised his true calling as a communicator offering the greater Australian public access to stuff best served in the media: putting intelligent conversation between the ads, and great music amid the chat. It also meant he could make use of his other great talent, as a comedian.

Chris' media career has covered most of Australia, including radio in Taree (2RE), Mackay (SEA FM), and Melbourne (Vega 91.5; Triple M), as well as television work on Channel 7 Local News, Mackay, ABC/Comedy Channel (Raw Comedy) and Channel 9 (The Ashes; Ben Elton Live). He brings this broad experience to Sydney where he was On Air Announcer and Audio Producer for vega 95.3fm, and now, more recently, at the legendary Triple M.

As a comedian, Chris began his training as many comics do: at university. While earning a degree, he also wrote and performed in several successful college and faculty revues. In 1999, Chris was the second person ever appointed to the role of MC of Victoriana! - Australia's longest running music hall production, then in it's 35th year - performed under the auspices of St Paul's College Union at the University of Sydney. Some 1200 people a year see the sold-out invitation only Victoriana! That displays his depth of talent as an accomplished musician, singer and tap dancer. Yes, tap! Chris learnt his early steps from the iconic Buster Noble, and by the age of 16 he had attained the Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing Gold Star.

Taking to stand-up in 2001, Chris ended the year as a NSW State Finalist in the 'Melbourne International Comedy Festival/Triple J Raw Comedy' - the competition that 'unearth'? fresh talent. As winner of the NSW final in 2003, Chris' National Final performance received a Special Mention at that year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In 2007, Chris returned to stand-up in Sydney, attaining a writing internship on The Side Show with Paul McDermott (produced by GNW TV for ABC Television).

Chris is a regular MC and support feature on Sydney's stand-up comedy circuit, he is also heard nationally and internationally as a writer, producer and performer of comedy sketches, parody songs and drop-ins for the American and Australian Comedy Network's Radio Prep Services. In 2011 Chris made his full show debut in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with his musical comedy The Bloke's Guide to Getting Married. The show was a huge success, with 4 _ star reviews and sold out shows.

As well as on air with Triple M, 2012 sees the encore season of Blokes Guide and in July, Chris looks forward to fronting the 49th annual production of Victoriana!.

In the world of corporate presentation, Chris has developed a reputation as a sought after MC and Facilitator. He is experienced, versatile and professional, demonstrating the ability to handle diverse situations and maintain flow and continuity, whether it's for an audience of ten or ten thousand. Chris North's humour is inspired, clever, inclusive and, best of all, hilarious.