Damian Callinan

Stand-up comic, actor, MC & After Dinner Speaker

Damian Callinan is a multi award-winning stand-up comic, actor and writer. Perhaps best known for roles in Skithouse and Before The Game, he is a talented MC who instantly connects with his audiences.

Damian Callinan is also a superb hoax character who successfully creates new characters and tailors existing ones to present after-dinner speeches with a difference that totally bluff your audience. He will happily pull out an alter ego to suit your needs – as an ex AFL country coach Troy Carrington, for example, Damian will ensure your audience takes away more than just another lanyard.

Damian Callinan is a touring machine. In 2015 alone he toured nationally with The Merger (SA & Vic) and The Wine Bluffs (SA & Vic) a collaboration with comedian Paul Calleja, which saw the pair sell out their Melbourne & Adelaide Fringe Festival season.

He toured The Lost WWW1 Diary (TAS, Vic, SA & WA) during & beyond the Gallipolli Anniversary, picking up a nomination for Best Comedy at Perth Fringe and earning a planetarium of five star reviews.

In 2016 Damian picked up a nomination for The West Australian Editor’s Choice Award at Perth Fringe for The Merger, a show which also earnt him his third nomination for the prestigious Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He was named by The Advertiser as one of the Picks of The Adelaide Fringe for the completely sold out season of The Wine Bluffs. His work Swing Man premiered at The Malthouse Theatre at the Melbourne Comedy Festival to big houses and critical acclaim and was picked up by RAV for national touring in 2017.

Other award winning shows include Sportsman’s Night (Barry Nomination & Best Comedy Melbourne Fringe) Spaznuts (Piece Of Wood Comedians Choice Award at MICF) Proxy Heroes (Barry nomination) and his comedy dance show The Cave the Rave (ABN Amro Edinburgh Foreign Exchange Award).

Damian was one of the ensemble lead actors in the cult hit Backyard Ashes and appeared on ABC TV alongside Rhys Darby on It’s A Date; Sammy J & Randy: Ricketts Lane and The Dr Blake Mysteries.

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