Speakers Profile - Sammy J

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Sammy J is an Australian comedian, writer, composer, and broadcaster. He's played in Edinburgh, Montreal and London, had a sitcom on Netflix, is one half of the man/puppet comedy duo "Sammy J & Randy", creates satirical sketches for ABC TV and currently hosts the breakfast show on ABC Radio Melbourne.

After dropping out of his law degree, Sammy J won the Best Newcomer award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. His albums have received three ARIA nominations for Best Comedy Release, and he gained a national following with his satirical series 'Playground Politics'. His solo show, "Hero Complex", won Best Comedy at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and was nominated for a Helpmann Award in 2017.

His weekly satirical show "Sammy J" ran for five years with millions of views online and a 2019 AACTA nomination for best comedy program. The Sammy J Snack Pack podcast launched in 2021, featuring highlights from his ABC radio show.

Collaborating with Heath McIvor, "Sammy J & Randy" received the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show at the 2010 Melbourne Comedy Festival. Their acclaimed live shows have taken them from the Sydney Opera House to London's West End and multiple Montreal comedy galas. Their musical sitcom, 'Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane', premiered on ABC TV in 2015 before launching in the USA & Netflix UK, and was nominated for three AACTA awards.

As a composer, Sammy J has written songs for stage and screen and scored the original soundtrack for 'Ricketts Lane' and 'Sammy J's Playground Politics'.​

Away from the comedy world, Sammy J's MC skills have seen him host award shows, interview politicians, and inject much-needed humour into corporate events. He regularly runs workshops in schools and his debut middle-grade novel, "The Long Class Goodnight", was published by Hardie Grant in 2023.

Sammy J is a proud Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Oxfam, and has travelled to South Africa and PNG to witness their work firsthand.

Still, Sammy's biggest project remains unfinished. In 2008, he started 'The 50 Year Show', a comedy spectacular that will run every five years until 2058. The show continues in Melbourne in 2023.

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"What a performer and all round entertainer! Sammy's unique and individualised song for our graduating ceremony was the highlight for all involved. I can't think of another performer who could have pulled it off the way Sammy did."
Alex Webster, Network Development Manager, Porsche Cars Australia.

"Sammy J is an absolute pleasure to work with. He has a truly wonderful sense of humour and is a consummate professional. He is so popular with our audience and team, that we have booked him for a third year in a row. His ability to roll with whatever happens on the night means the event runs seamlessly, making our job so much easier, and our event a success every time. Sammy J is one MC we love to work with."
Jodie Pryor, Events Project Coordinator, FMA.

"Sammy is able to confidently take on a brief and deliver it exceptionally with humour, charm and enthusiasm. His manner is warm, engaging and funny and each time our audiences have thoroughly enjoyed Sammy's performance. Sammy is an outstanding talent with an ability to perform as an MC, comedian, musician or storyteller."
Tammy Ryan, Coordinator Programming Arts & Culture Frankston Arts Centre.

NOMINEE Comedy Production of the Year - 2018 Screen Producers Australia (Sammy J)
NOMINEE Best Comedy Performer: 2017 Helpmann Awards (Hero Complex)
NOMINEE Best Comedy: 2017 Melbourne Comedy Festival (Hero Complex)
NOMINEE Barry Award: 2017 Melbourne Comedy Festival (Hero Complex)
WINNER Best Comedy: 2016 Melbourne Fringe (Hero Complex)
NOMINEE AACTA for Best Comedy Show (Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane, ABC TV)
NOMINEE ARIA for Best Comedy Release 2012, 2013, 2015
WINNER AWGIE Award for Best Sketch or Light Entertainment Writing 2014
(Wednesday Night Fever, ABC TV)
WINNER Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show: 2010 Melbourne Comedy Festival
(with Randy)
WINNER The Age Critics' Award Winner: 2008 Melbourne Comedy Festival (with Randy)
NOMINEE Barry Award: 2008 Melbourne Comedy Festival (with Randy)
NOMINEE Best Emerging Cabaret Artiste 2007 Green Room Awards
WINNER Best Newcomer Award: 2006 Melbourne Comedy Festival