Speakers Profile - David Callan

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David Callan has the most unlikely background for a comedian - he was a Spy. Needing a day job to support his addiction to acting and stand-up comedy, David took a job with the Australian Intelligence Security Organisation - ASIO - which kept him in grease paint and rubber chickens for the next seven years. His career in intelligence came to an end after writing and hosting a comedy revue for the ASIO Christmas party, when the Director General of ASIO suggested that David might be happier with a job in the entertainment industry.

The DG was right.

Since leaving ASIO David has performed sell-out live shows around the country, been awarded the Critics Choice Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, written for and regularly appeared on air with Mike Carlton and Vic Davies, appeared on the Chaser and starred in the groundbreaking impro-drama "Going Home" for SBS. In 2000 he was described as "the Spirit of the Sydney Games" when he hosted the Olympic Beach Volleyball at Bondi Beach. Most recently, David has been touring in "I Spied - True Confessions of an ex-ASIO Spy", his controversial one-man comedy expose of life in the shadows of international espionage and terrorism.

David's on-stage charm, unique life experience, and razor-sharp improv has amused and astounded audiences and critics across Australia and South East Asia and he is regularly sought after as an MC, facilitator, raconteur and speaker. Clients include Commonwealth Bank, Telstra, Optus, Accenture, Cap Gemini, Aventis Pharma, ING Direct, Nestle and the National Press Club.