I’m a comedy writer based in Melbourne, Australia with over 20 years experience in narrative comedy, animation, sketch and light entertainment on TV, radio, online, print and the stage.
I was a writer for the popular ABC music quiz show Spicks & Specks and the recent, top rating, reunion show. I was Head Writer and Animation Director on ABC’s award-winning kid’s sketch series You’re Skitting Me and a writer on the absurd ABC comedy series Problems, with Sam Simmons as well as many other sketch shows.
I 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 comedy, talk show Rove and wrote radio sketches for the ever-popular Hughesy & Kate. My radio work has also included presenting the summer breakfast show on Nova 100 as well as writing ad copy and imaging for various clients.
I’ve taught several classes on the subject of comedy writing at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), The WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAPA), RMIT and Melbourne University.
I’ve also had many years on stage as a stand-up comedian and sketch performer including six Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows. In 2001 I co-wrote and performed in Brian Munich & Friends which won the 2001 Age Newspaper’s Critic’s Award and the 2001 Barry Award for best show of the festival.
So, 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.
©2019 Ray Matsen