Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh, whether it’s on the page writing humour for kids or on stage as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his passion for writing with the kids he teaches at a primary school in Western Sydney. As a comedian, Oliver has appeared on stage, and on national TV and radio.
In 2013, Oliver will tour Melbourne schools in Book Week (19-23 August). Subject to demand, extra Victorian dates will be added. Oliver will also travel to Thailand in early March 2013, and be available for school visits through Booked Out.
I was born and raised in Western [Sydney.
I’m also a primary school teacher and a stand up comedian. I used to stack boxes at Woolies during high school.
My stories are about growing up, friendship, school-life, celebrating multiculturism and different families.
My book is Thai-riffic!, published by Penguin. I’ve also had a short story published in the anthology, Growing Up Asian in Australia.
I’m passionate about creative writing and getting kids to use their humour to write stories. I’m also interested in the many untold stories of migrants coming to Australia.
My heart is still fifteen years old, Sonic the Hedgehog is my hero and I have over four hundred plush toys, most of them talk but some of them are quite shy.