Hello. My Name is Randy,
Welcome to my Bio.
If you're unfamiliar with how this works, I'm about to list all the great things I've done so far in my comedy career. I will be leaving out the boring bits, like the time I performed to 6 people in a shipping container in rural Queensland. I'll also refrain from mentioning any of the embarrassing moments, like the time I broke wind while waiting to perform on a live to air broadcast of Australia’s premier political panel discussion program Q&A and several members of the studio audience heard it and began to giggle uncontrollably. I'll try to keep it light and interesting but worded in such a way that lazy festival programers can copy entire paragraphs and paste them directly into ticketing websites. To make it even easier, I shall henceforth refer to myself in third person.
Randy started doing stand-up comedy in 2005 and has since given birth to seven critically acclaimed solo shows. He has appeared at Fringe, Comedy and Music festivals, performed on major stages in regal theatres and gigged in sticky-carpeted beer-barns from Edinburgh to Hong Kong, Galway to New York and Singapore to Sydney.
In 2010 Randy joined forces with skinny man Sammy J to create Ricketts Lane, which won Best Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and went on to become a television series of the same name, airing on ABC TV in Australia, Seeso in the US and Netflix in the UK. Randy's role in Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane earned him an ACTAA nomination for best performer in a comedy series in 2015, the first non-human performer to be recognised in this category.
In 2016 Randy Writes a Novel was nominated for best comedy at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and went on to a season at the Soho Theatre in London as well as the 2017 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, where Randy also appeared on the Jane Krakowski Television Gala. The following year Randy Writes a Novel played an eight week Off-Broadway season at the Clurman Theatre in New York City and was later filmed as a special which aired on ABC TV in Australia. The illegally pirated version of that show is currently racking up millions of views on YouTube and is well worth a look.
Between occasional guest appearances on Australian light-entertainment television programs, Randy has spent a significant amount of time writing and touring with his musical partner in crime, Sammy J. Together they have hosted the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, appeared on Good News World, Q&A and The Project, written and toured live shows such as Bin Night, The Inheritance and Sammy J and Randy Land, performed a few times at The Sydney Opera House, released an album and a couple of DVDs, been nominated for two ARIAs and featured on the Neil Patrick Harris Gala at the 2015 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival.
Randy’s most recent live special The Book Of Randicus is due for release in September 2019 and he is currently appearing as a contestant on NBC’s Bring The Funny, where he can be seen gesticulating wildly in a checked shirt.
Awards & Such
WINNER Best Comedy
Perth Fringeworld 2014
NOMINEE Best Comedy Release (with Sammy J) ARIA 2013
WINNER Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show (with Sammy J)
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2010
NOMINEE Golden Gibbo Award
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2009
WINNER Best Comedy weekly award
Adelaide Fringe 2018
NOMINEE Best Comedy
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016
NOMINEE Best Performer in a Television
Comedy Show ACCTA 2015
NOMINEE Best Comedy Release (with Sammy J) ARIA 2015