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Sammy J

Corporate, Entertainer, Inspirational Speaker, Speaking Out, Storyteller/Performer

Sammy J is an award-winning comedian, writer and musician. A proud nerd, he abandoned his law degree to travel the world and sing funny songs for a living. You may have seen him on TV, at a festival, or as one half of the man/puppet duo Sammy J & Randy.

Away from the comedy world, Sammy J regularly speaks at schools, co-hosts The Conversation Hour on ABC radio, and has written for multiple publications including The Age newspaper. His MC work has seen him host awards shows, corporate events, and inject much-needed humour into panel discussions. He is a proud Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters, a national organisation that matches volunteer mentors with young people in need of guidance and friendship.

What other jobs have you had?

I once taught sport to school children. They were dark, humiliating days, and I don’t intend to discuss them.

More seriously, in a volunteer capacity I have been involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organisation for around five years, and am an Ambassador for the program. You can hear me discuss it with Rafael Epstein on the ABC’s Conversation Hour here.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Being a nerd, finding your passion, and my inability to kick a football.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Winning Best Newcomer at the Melbourne Comedy Festival was a real thrill, as I’d only just dropped out of Uni to pursue comedy so it was nice to have something to show for it.

Where have your works been published?

The Age, The Scrivener’s Fancy, The Scotsman (UK).

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about finding something you love doing in order to make a career out of it. I was lucky to find this out at school so even before Year Twelve I was already making a fool of myself in an attempt to entertain people.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I’ve got some sausage roll left over but you’d better be quick.

Click here to read about Sammy’s latest comedy show, Sammy J & Randy Land, as seen at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival!

Testimonials

Sammy J was our guest storyteller at Doncaster Library for ALIA’s National Simultaneous Storytime in 2016. He read the feature story ‘I Got This Hat’ and delighted the children with his own unique fun twist on storytime. Storytelling, singing, playing the keyboard and drawing, there was something for everyone. We’d have Sammy back to storytime again – he’s a natural!

—S. McEwan, Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation, May 2016

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