Speakers Profile - Damian Callinan

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Damian is much demand as a stand-up, character speaker and MC in corporate Australia. Already enhanced with a reputation on the circuit for a being able to localise his material wherever he performs, he brings the same observational and research skills to his corporate clients.

Whether it be holding together an event for a diverse group as an MC; pinch hitting with some specific tailored material as a stand-up or taking the room by storm with his after dinner speaker ex AFL, New Age recruit Troy Carrington, Damian ensures the audience take something more than another nametag away from the event.


Damian's MC skills, honed in the comedy rooms of Australia, have been put to the test in a myriad of situations. From music festivals to sporting events and award nights to launches. His ability to lighten the mood with his own tailored spin on proceedings; adapt his delivery to varying age groups and audience types and keep the event ticking along in a smooth and professional manner sees many clients booking Damian for further events before the night is through.


Damian's knack of getting inside the event and finding a connection to the audience he speaks to, instantly puts the crowd at ease. With this rapport established he effortlessly combines tailored material with his own to construct a unique and hilarious set that only they will ever see.

With a reputation as one of the countries most gifted character comedians, Damian has been able to successfully create new characters or adapt existing ones for many corporate clients. Whether it be an after dinner speaker with a difference you're after or a tailored hoax character to liven up an event, Damian will happily pull out an alter ego to suit your needs.

Damian is a recognisable face on Australian, NZ and UK television from his starring role as writer/performer in the acclaimed sketch comedy show Skithouse seen in Australia on Channel 10. He has also been seen in recent years as a comedy panelist and segment presenter on Before The Game also on Channel 10.

However his emergence as a television comedian are reward for a prolific work rate in other mediums over recent years. If you haven't seen him on television you may have heard him on radio or been lucky enough to catch him live as a stand-up; MC or as one the many characters for which he's become renowned.

Damian's reputation as a character performer has blossomed since the 1999 Melbourne Fringe Festival when he devised the one-man show Speech Night in which he played over a dozen characters in an hour-long portrayal of the fictional St. Basils College.

The show was Highly Commended in the Fringe Awards and made return seasons at the 2000 Adelaide Fringe Festival and the 2000 Melbourne Comedy Festival. The show continues to tour on the education professional development circuit.

Damian has completed his 5th Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow. As well as a return season of his solo show Eureka Stock take at MICF 2005 which was the hit of the 2004 Eureka 150 Festival in Ballarat and Melbourne. He was also the artistic director and MC of the Comedy Festival's Class Clowns Competition hunting down the countries best paper plane exponents.