James O’Loghlin

Entertaining media host, comedian, MC & facilitator

James O'Loghlin is one of Australia's most experienced, most entertaining and most versatile corporate speakers and media personalities. Not only is he a talented and professional MC, panel facilitator, and keynote and after-dinner speaker, he is also one of Australia's best comedians and a sensational corporate entertainer. James has all the skills required to delight any corporate audience from any industry and is totally at home on the stage.

James is probably best known for his role as the host of over 300 episodes of The New Inventors on ABC TV. This experience fuelled his interest in innovation and James is now in demand as a keynote speaker on the topic. He talks about the practical things we can all do every day to become more innovative, and about the ways in which companies can create a culture that encourages innovation.

James O'Loghlin is highly sought after as an experienced and able panel facilitator too. He uses his experience as a radio host and lawyer to ask the right questions at the right time, and his quick wit to keep the discussion entertaining and engaging. He's skilled at putting both panellists and the audience at ease and keeping the discussion lively, on topic and on time. 

James can also tell the story of his life in a way that is both very funny and has relevant lessons for business - like the importance of making hard choices and challenging yourself, and of not accepting the status quo just because it seems like the easiest option.

James went to a private school, studied law at university and became a corporate lawyer. After realising that he had made a terrible mistake, he threw himself into stand-up comedy, and left corporate law to become a criminal lawyer. Through the 1990s he had two parallel careers; criminal lawyer by day, and comedian by night. He juggled both with television appearances on Good News Week, Hey, Hey It's Saturday and more while also working as a writer for Andrew Denton on his Triple M breakfast show, and at the Logies. In 1999, he finally left the law.

As well as all his other commitments, James has hosted Sunday Evenings with James O'Loghlin on ABC Local Radio since 2009 - it's a perfect showcase for his quick wit. He is also the author of four books: How to Balance Your Life, Umm ... A Complete Guide to Public Speaking, and Andy's Secret Weapon, a story for children.

Client testimonials

Excellent. We were very impressed with how he integrated aspects of some of the other speeches into his presentation which was very amusing as well as giving some food for thought. He was very approachable and down to earth - an excellent dinner guest.

Engineers Australia

Excellent. James excelled as master of ceremonies for the 2008 NRW Natural Resources Conference. His facilitation of the panel discussion was particularly impressive.

Department of Natural Resources and Water

Thank you for your fantastic “MC” services…your cool, calm and collected style not only kept us highly amused, but kept everything and everybody else under control!

The Starlight Foundation

Our clientele varies greatly in tastes and background and your professionalism and ability to connect with and entertain audiences was greatly appreciated. You were one of the standout comedians.

The Harbourside Brasserie

Excellent. Extremely amusing and an excellent ability to work the audience.

Telstra Retail – Finance

Excellent. James is a highly professional entertainer. His performance was outstanding.

Australian Venture Capital Association

An enormous thank you. Your comedy section was a highlight of the evening’s entertainment…the act was great: well chosen, clever and above all funny. We had a great deal of positive feedback about the evening in general, and your performance in particular. We’d be happy to recommend you.

Young Cancerians Sydney Committee

You were fantastic on the night and targeted your act perfectly to the audience. I’ve had terrific feedback from the guests, who all thought you were very witty & entertaining. I will definitely recommend you to everyone.

Resourceful Events

Thank you for working your magic as MC last Monday at the NSW Premier’s Awards. We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response regarding the awards ceremony with many mentioning just how much they appreciated your work.

NSW Department of Health

Thank you so much for your wonderful compering of the Smart Awards. You were fantastic and everyone enjoyed your humour, style and professionalism. We look forward to working with you again in the future.