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Sammy J

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

Sammy J is an award-winning comedian, author 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.

Where were you born?


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.

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.

Haven’t I seen you before?

You’re sure to have – but if you’d like to see me again my new show is called Sammy J’s Major Party .

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.


We have engaged Sammy on a number of occasions and he is an absolute pleasure to work with. Sammy is able to confidently take on a brief and deliver it exceptionally with humour, charm and enthusiasm. His manner is warm, engaging and funny and each time our audiences have thoroughly enjoyed Sammy’s performance. Sammy is an outstanding talent with an ability to perform as an MC, comedian, musician or storyteller.

—Tammy Ryan, Frankston Arts Cenre

What a performer and all round entertainer! Sammy’s unique and individualised song for our graduating ceremony was the highlight for all involved. I can’t think of another performer who could have pulled it off the way he did.

—Alex Webster, Porsche Cars Australia

Sammy J is an absolute pleasure to work with. He has a truly wonderful sense of humour and is a consummate professional. He is so popular with our audience and team, that we have booked him for a third year in a row. His ability to roll with whatever happens on the night means the event runs seamlessly, making our job so much easier, and our event a success every time. Sammy J is one MC we love to work with.

—Jodie Pryor, Events Project Coordinator, FMA

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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