Des Dowling

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Comedian available for hire, based in Victoria

If variety is indeed the spice of life, then Des Dowling’s career is a vindaloo of life threatening intensity. He spent the early years of his career as a news and current affairs reporter for the ABC, Channel 7 and Channel 9. Des decided making people laugh, rather than making them cry, was a far more noble way to earn a living.

In the twelve years since, he’s carved out a career as a top line comedian and corporate entertainer travelling the length and breadth of Australia. He’s headlined at Australia’s premier comedy clubs and performed his own sold out comedy/sketch show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Combining his comedic and television skills he worked for two years writing and directing sketches for the hugely successful “AFL Footy Show” and wrote and directed three half hour documentaries for Arena Television’s “Day In The Life” series.

His major project for 2008 was writing and directing Ch 10’s new comedy mockumentary series “Mark Loves Sharon”. When he’s not behind the camera, Des is in front of it, working as a presenter on Ch 7’s “Coxy’s Big Break” and Ch 9’s “Talk To The Animals”. Des is meticulous, intelligent and very funny, and an asset to any event as both a host and a stand-up comedian

"Des was a fantastic host at the 2009 REIA National Awards. He was funny, professional, flexible with last minute changes and a pleasure to work with" Leanne Medeiros, Tour Hosts

"Des was fantastic at our annual awards. I don’t recommend treating him like we did .. we threw an awful lot of stuff at him at the last minute, but he didn’t flap orcomplain, he just handled it. And when he got up on stage you’d havethought he’d been rehearsing for weeks. A consummate professional, easy to work with and the audience loved him. What more can you ask for? Would book him again in a trice." Australian Music Association

"Des Dowling MC’d the Australian Workers’ Union Annual Gala Ball. This is a huge event for around 1300 guests at Crown Casino’s prestigious Palladium Room. Guest speakers included former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Opposition Leader Kim Beazley. Des did a fantastic job and had the crowd in stitches from the start of the night. He even prepared a special comic slide presentation which set the tone for the evening. I would recommend Des for this or any other kind of event in the future." Australian Workers Union