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Declan Fay

Author, Inspirational Speaker, Journalist, Storyteller/Performer

Declan Fay is one of Australia’s leading comedy writers and motivational speakers. He has performed at the Comedy festival, The fringe Festival and written for some of the best (and worst) television shows. He has spoken at over 600 different schools around Australia. He has never been pelted with fruit, although his dad once threw a Whopper with cheese at him for talking during the Bill.

What other jobs have you had?

My first job was as a pie boy at the MCG, selling lukewarm pies to very angry football supporters. I then worked cooking the pies. And finally got a job in charge of the pies. Now I really hate pies. I have also worked as a Truck Driver, a Trivia Host and a Dish Washer.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Usually it’s about the horrible mistakes I’ve made along the way, like the giant block of chocolate I stole from my high school or the time my car caught fire while I was driving it.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Melbourne Comedy Festival – Runner Up, Best Newcomer Melbourne Fringe Festival – sold out every night Arts Writer – Beat Hosted The Pinch on Triple R for 8 years. Have interviewed some of the biggest comedians and bands.

Where have your works been published?

Currently write for The Big Issue. Have written for Beat, Inpress, and appeared on Triple R and Triple J.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about letting kids know it’s okay to stuff up. It’s really okay to make mistakes, as long as you learn from them. I’m also passionate about helping kids reach their potential. (That sounds a bit like something Tony Robbins would say in a late night advertisement, but it’s true)

Haven’t I seen you before?

Melbourne Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, Ketches on Rove, MCG Scoreboard.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I played a fat baby on the television series Prisoner. While I was a baby, not a fully-grown man dressed up as a baby. That would be weird.

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(Panel Feedback) All three speakers were excellent. The panel worked very well with it being a balanced input from all speakers and Bec moderating the discussion. Bec, Tim and Declan were all very generous with what they spoke about and their time. It was due to the panel that the audience felt engaged, inspired and therefore felt a part of the discussion.

—C. Morton, Whitefriars College, November 2012

After recess the students welcomed comedian Mr Declan Fay to Loyola College who shared a simple life message with them. In a laughter-filled presentation he encouraged our Year 9 students not to “wonder what if…”. Having developed for himself a career as a comedy writer for Rove and The Chaser as well as a host and radio presenter on Triple R, Triple J and most recently Triple M, Declan Fay provided the students with real life illustrations of taking full advantage of opportunities on offer. He noted that no matter how well you may plan there are times where all may go wrong. However what is critical is developing the resilience to never give up and always learn from one’s mistakes. He also spoke of the importance of following one’s passions in life as there was no value in doing anything in life if it didn’t bring us enjoyment. He noted that as a student he had a real passion for writing and that he has utilised this talent in his comedy writing that has seen him do very well in the very competitive field of comedy. Through the laughter our students had heard some important life lessons which they could employ.

—T. Chirico, Loyola College, March 2012

We have just finished our fantastic last night talent show and wanted to pass on to you the sentiments of a few of our kids. Two performers shared with the crowd that if it wasn’t for your presentation this morning and the “Don’t wonder what if” message then they would not have got up on stage tonight (there was quite a bit of neck jerking going on on the crowd at this time as well!).

One student even repeated your crazy bird action and celebrated that he was able to move beyond this and perform his act. Another one of our girls had spoken to the talent show organiser earlier in the day when he was reconfirming the acts, telling him that she was ready to pull out until she had seen your presentation.

I really wanted to pass this on as I am sure you get lots of general feedback about the entertainment that you provide, but your message is also having a real positive impact on kids. Thanks again for hanging around to field all those questions.

—P. Bartlett, John Monash Science School, February 2012

[Declan] was terrific! Really funny, pitched at their level, had good advice that came out clearly. He also stuck around and chatted to the staff and kids afterwards. The Skyline Board members were impressed with the light hearted tone he set for the afternoon (at what was a very dry information session in previous years). Thanks for organising it, your recommendation was spot-on.

—P. Horton-Stephens, Skyline Education Foundation Australia, February 2012

The students loved Declan – thought he was hilarious but also took on board the message of his presentation. Not only was his talk humorous but it was insightful, thought provoking and very relevant for our students. I would recommend him to other schools happily!

—J. Haisty, Year 11 Wellbeing Coordinator, Mount Erin College, August 2011

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