Speakers Profile - Dilruk Jayasinha

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Hailing from Sri Lanka, Dilruk Jayasinha moved to Melbourne to attend university. Having completed a degree in accounting, he started working for one of the 'Big Four.' However, after performing at an open mic night in 2010, that all changed.

Dil is now one of the most in demand headliners on the Australian comedy scene, with a reputation for consistently nailing his shows with his positive, upbeat brand of stand-up. Dil has been invited to perform all over the country as well as internationally, he appeared at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Just for Laughs festival, and in 2017 he completely sold out his run at the Melbourne Comedy Festival with his show The Art of the Dil. Going from strength to strength, at this year's festival Dilruk performed to sold out audiences in the iconic Lower Town Hall; a venue where he once watched his comedy heroes.

Dilruk has since recorded two hour long stand up specials, one for the ABC and the second for Amazon prime which was released globally in 2020. He also featured in Amazon's smash hit program LOL: Last One Laughing Australia alongside Rebel Wilson.

Along with regular appearances on Network Ten's Have You Been Paying Attention?, and Hughesy We Have a Problem, a recent debut appearance on ABC's Spicks and Specks, and a recurring role in Channel Ten's How to Stay Married, Australia has fallen for Dilruk's charming and poised demeanour and he has quickly become a staple in Australian homes.

In 2018, Dil received one of the highest accolades in Australian entertainment: the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent at the 2018 Logie Awards.

In 2019 Dilruk reprised his role in the fourth season of ABC TV's award-winning Utopia, performed at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and returned to Edinburgh for the second year running with his new show, Cheat Day(s).

Dilruk appeared in the sixth series of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! Australia and performed in the 2021 Melbourne Comedy Festival Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow which was aired on ABC TV.

Most recently Dilruk warmed the hearts of viewers, making it all the way through to the semi-finals on Celebrity Masterchef, despite having only recently taught him self how to cook while being stuck at home during 2020.