Ray Matsen is an Australian comedy writer with over 20 years experience in tv, radio, online, film, print and the stage.
He was a writer for the popular ABC music quiz show Spicks & Specks and Head Writer and Animator on the ABC3 kid’s sketch show You’re Skitting Me series 1, 2 & 3. YSM Series 1 was nominated for a Logie for most outstanding children’s program and Series 2 was nominated for an AACTA for best children’s television series.
Ray spent two seasons as Head Writer on the Adam Hills talk show Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight, four years as Head Writer on the Channel 10 talk & variety show Rove and was a sketch writer and presenter on radio for the ever popular Hughesy & Kate .
His many years on stage as a stand up comedian and sketch performer include six Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows. In 2001, he co-wrote and performed in Brian Munich & Friends which won the 2001 Age Newspaper’s Critics Award and the 2001 Barry Award for best show of the festival.
As of May 2018, Ray has completed work on the second series of When TV Was Awesome for ABC iView, a new narrative kid’s series produced by The Chocolate Liberation Front, series 2 of True Story with Hamish & Andy, series 1 of Hughsey We Have a Problem and even fitted in a day on Tonightly.
In addition to his TV work Ray also lectures on the subject of comedy writing, having taught at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney, The WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAPA), RMIT and Melbourne University.
If you’re looking for a writer or animator for your tv, radio or stage show, or would like someone to talk all about the art and business of comedy writing in Australia please get in touch.
You can see some of Ray’s animation HERE .
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