Bio

Bio

Laconic and dry-witted with a warm onstage charisma, Daniel Townes’ shows are packed with sharp one-liners, savage social commentary and dark-but-hilarious tales of his own failings.

Society’s shortcomings and foibles — from the big questions of life through to the petty grievances of day to day existence — are neatly excised by his sharp, razor-edged wit and rapid-fire delivery, guaranteeing a ferocious hit rate of punchlines-per-minute.

Townes pours 16 years of experience onstage into his dry, intelligent and brilliantly relatable comedy, with a laid-back charm that makes entertaining a room full of strangers look easy. With a knack for uncovering universal truths and packaging them with punchlines that relate to everyone, by the end of the show you’ll feel like you’ve known him for years.

He’s an annual regular at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival. He has performed at the prestigious invite-only Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, and won fans worldwide, headlining comedy clubs throughout the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Spain, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, The Netherlands, the UAE, Qatar, and all over Australia.

His hour long special for Comedy Next Gen (ABC Comedy) in 2018 was one of their most popular for the season. He has also performed on Comedy Up Late (ABC Comedy), The Stand Up Series (Just For Laughs Sydney, Comedy Channel), Good News Week (Ch 10), Stand Up Australia (Comedy Channel), The Footy Show (Ch 9), Stand Up (ABC), and had numerous appearances
on Cracker Night, The Sydney Comedy Festival Gala (Comedy Channel).

He currently has two full length specials available: Previously (2012), and Crash and Burn (2018).

Recent Credits

2018

  • ABC Comedy Next Gen (ABC Comedy)
  • Crash and Burn (Extended version release of Comedy Next Gen)
  • hmm – Sydney Fringe Festival
  • The World is Amazing and Everyone’s a Winner – Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival

2017

  • ABC Comedy Up Late, for Melbourne International Comedy Festival (ABC Comedy)
  • Cracker Night, Sydney Comedy Festival Gala at the Enmore Theatre (Comedy Channel)
  • Fine By Me – Sydney Fringe Festival
  • Watch Your Mouth – Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival

2016

  • The Stand Up Series, Just for Laughs Sydney, Sydney Opera House (Comedy Channel)
  • Cracker Night, Sydney Comedy Festival Gala at the Enmore Theatre
  • Future Classics – Sydney Fringe Festival
  • Jester Day – Sydney Comedy Festival, Perth International Comedy Festival

Specials / Live Recordings

  • Crash and Burn (2018)
  • Previously (2012)

Other Highlights

  • Homebake Music Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, Southbound Music Festival, V Festival (UK), Reading Festival (UK), Leeds Festival (UK)
  • Adelaide Fringe Festival (2006 – 2010, 2015)
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow (2006 – 2014)
  • Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour (2014 – 2018)
  • Perth International Comedy Festival (2014 – 2016)
  • Perth International Comedy Festival Gala (Regal Theatre, Perth)
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2007, 2013)
  • Sydney Fringe Festival (2011, 2014 – 2018)
  • Top comedians to follow on Twitter (Buzzfeed)
  • The Daniel Townes Podcast
  • Good News Week (Ch10)
  • Comedy Train (Humour TV, Netherlands)
  • Cracker Night, Sydney Comedy Festival Gala (2007 – 2009, 2017, Comedy Channel)
  • Stand Up Australia (2006 – 2007, Comedy Channel)
  • FHM Magazine Search For Australia’s funniest…(competition winner, DVD / Ch 10)
  • Best of The Footy Show (DVD)
  • The Footy Show (Ch 9)
  • Stand Up (ABC TV)

Quotes

“Pound for pound, one of the best Australian stand-ups going around. The fact that his name might not be familiar is entirely your fault. He is that good. It’s like spending an hour with a mate who’s funnier, warmer, and more intelligent that the ones you’ve already got.”
– GQ Magazine –
“Townes is genuinely funny, I highly recommend him to anyone tired of seeing big names coast on their reputations.”
– The Age –
“Affable, laid-back charm. Dazzlingly funny.”
– Herald Sun –
“Special mention to Daniel Townes’ laid-back, one-liner comedy for making stand-up look so easy.”
– The Music –
“There wasn’t one joke from Townes that didn’t receive a massive response.”
– Midwest Times –
“It takes real talent to summarise all our shortcomings as a society and still entertain an audience. Luckily, Daniel Townes is a very talented comedian.”
– The Music –
“Top-mark laughs, clever call-backs and acerbic social commentary.”
– Herald Sun –

Previous Shows

2018

  • The World is Amazing and Everyone’s a Winner (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival)
  • hmm (Sydney Fringe Festival)

2017

  • Watch Your Mouth (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival)
  • Fine By Me (Sydney Fringe Festival)

2016

  • Jester Day (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Perth International Comedy Festival)
  • Future Classics (Sydney Fringe Festival)

2015

  • Crash and Burn (Adelaide Fringe Festival, Canberra Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Perth International Comedy Festival)
  • Three’s Comedy (Sydney Fringe Festival)

2014

  • The Other Side (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Perth International Comedy Festival, Bondi Feast Festival)
  • Crash and Burn (Sydney Fringe Festival)

2013

  • I think So I’m Ready (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)
  • Against The Grain (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival)

2012

  • Judge Me Schmudge Me (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival)

2011

  • Murphy’s Law (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival)
  • This Could Go Either Way (Sydney Fringe Festival)

2010

  • So Far So What (Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival)

2009

  • And yeah, you know (Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival)

2008

  • Yeah yeah yeah yeah (Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival)

2007

  • Seriously (Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival)

2006

  • And that… (Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

2005

  • A Night of Interpretive Dance (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)
  • Mic In Transit (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

2004

  • Shock of the New (Adelaide Fringe Festival)

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