The Chaser is a satirical media empire which rivals Rupert Murdoch's News Corp in all fields except power, influence, popularity and profitability.
The Chaser is the group behind ABC TV series The Election Chaser (2001), CNNNN (2002) and CNNNN Live (2003) which together have lost a host of Australian and international TV comedy awards. However, their credibility-building run of losses ended in 2004 when CNNNN tied with Kath & Kim to win the Logie for Most Outstanding TV Comedy. In 2005 they won the Logie for Most Outstanding TV Comedy with the hugely popular, The Chaser Decides (ABC). In 2006, the team returned to ABC TV with The Chaser's War On Everything, which won them two AFI Awards (Best Comedy and Best Comedy Performer for Andrew Hansen), as well as several court appearances. The show returned in 2009.
Extremely popular in the corporate arena, The Chaser Team offer a range of speaking and entertainment options tailored to client's needs. As hosts and presenters, they are beautifully irrelevant with just the right amount of professionalism. As after dinner and keynote speakers, they can present custom-written satirical songs and parodies of corporate presentations including powerpoint and trivia quizzes.
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The Chaser was founded in 1999 as a fortnightly satirical newspaper produced out of a spare bedroom by The Chaser Team: Charles Firth, Craig Reucassel, Julian Morrow, Dominic Knight, Andrew Hansen, Chas Licciardello and Chris Taylor.
Since those humble beginnings, the Chaser team has lost its humility and has produced ClassicTM comedy in all media, including print, online, radio, television and Christmas crackers. The Chaser team also produced the official Sydney Olympics parody site www.silly2000.com and have brazenly recycled material in a series of books: The Little Read Book (2000), Bradman: The Cremated Years (2001), The War on Error (2002) and most recently Embedded with The Chaser (2003). The War on Error received the Outstanding Humorous Book prize at the Australian Comedy Awards in November 2003.
From 2001-2003, The Chaser had weekly radio programs on Triple M Sydney and the Austereo network. They also produced the weekly Chaser Report for Mike Carlton's program on 2UE (2002) and are regular attention seekers on a host of other radio and television programs.
The Chaser's corporate client list includes: Canon, Australian Broadcasting Authority, Saab, ALP National Conference Dinner, Australian Hotels Association, Australian Business Lawyers Trivia Night, Walkley Awards for Journalism and Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
The Chaser's involvement in our product launches across Australia was a great success and ensured the events were memorable within and outside the organisation.
Canon Australia Pty Ltd
The Chaser was great and the audience received them fantastically. The day after, the department could not stop talking about them and their show, the fact they mingled so long afterwards, and how short they both were.