Anthony Ackroyd

The Laughter Master

After a comedy career of more than three decades, Anthony Ackroyd remains one of Australia's most successful stand-up comics and comedy writers. Known for his intelligence and quick wit, he is one of the stars of Australia's top-rating radio comedy show, the ABC's Thank God It's Friday! and a panel member on TV's Q&A.

In the corporate arena Anthony is one of the most in demand and accomplished comedians and speakers and a superb MC. He has also become the world's No. 1 Kevin Rudd impersonator and has been described by Bob Hawke (the real one) as "The best impression in the history of Australian political impersonation."
He is also an expert speaker on the power of laughter and humour and is recognised as a leading authority on the social impacts of comedy.

As a stand-up comic, Anthony has entertained audiences ranging in number from a private party of 10 to 110,000 at ANZ Stadium.

About Anthony Ackroyd:

Anthony Ackroyd rose to prominence as a star of the ABC's legendary comedy series The Big Gig and has performed and written for over one hundred Australian and international TV shows, radio programmes, and feature films (he's even been a question on Wheel Of Fortune!). He was a writer-performer on Australia's most successful comedy TV series, The Comedy Company.

Anthony has worked extensively throughout Australia, USA, UK, New Zealand, and Asia. He has workshopped material with writer-performers such as Billy Crystal and Rowan Atkinson, written material for Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura character and co-starred in the movie Reckless Kelly with Alexei Sayle.

Anthony is recognised as an authority on the benefits and applications of humour in both business and life in general. Several of his articles have been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Vogue, Life Etc, Studio, The Age, Good Taste, and Good Weekend.

Anthony was the creator and Director of the Bowral Of Laughs Comedy Festival, a three-year project that showcased the cream of Australian comedy including the staging of the official Graham Kennedy Celebration which honoured Australia's greatest comedian. He is the creator and director of the global organisation United Nations Of Comedy and directed the feature film documentary of the same name.

As a clown-doctor Anthony spent years cheering up sick children in the Sydney Children's Hospital. He is a certified Laughter Group Leader with Laughter Club International.

Anthony wrote and presented the political satire web show Political Bent which was featured on the websites of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, WA Today and The Brisbane Times.

Anthony's unique comedic talents have entertained and inspired the business and corporate world and his clients include Qantas, Insurance Australia Group, Telstra, BOC, News Limited, Greenpeace, BHP, Wesfarmers, Coca-Cola, Reebok, and even the NSW State Parliament!

He is equally revered by critics, corporate and comedy audiences alike for his fantastic performance skills, social commentary, intelligence and hysterically funny talent.

Anthony Ackroyd talks about:

Anthony is regarded as Australia's leading authority on the application of humour, laughter, fun, play, and positive energy to transform our personal and professional lives. His laugh-packed and life-changing 'Stress Less, Laugh More!' keynote and workshop delivers a huge range of benefits to both the bottom line and the high aspirations of any business.