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.
In 2017 he appeared on ABC TV with his political satire "Sammy J's Democratic Party", which saw him broadcasting from a bunker underneath Parliament House and featured his hit segment "Playground Politics". He was also nominated for the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his solo show "Hero Complex", which enjoyed a sell-out national tour and five-star reviews.
Sammy's debut middle-grade novel, "The Long Class Goodnight", was released in 2018.
In 2019, Sammy brings his hit ABC TV characters to the stage in his new show 'Sammy J's Major Party.' Sammy's character The Government Coach made his ABC debut in 'Countdown to Glory', a fly on the wall documentary series about the 2019 Election. Currently, Sammy's satirical sketches can be seen every Thursday night on the ABC.
As an MC, Sammy J has hosted major conferences and events, interviewed politicians, and injected a sense of fun and enthusiasm at every step. He has also composed countless original songs to suit specific occasions.
With three ARIA-nominated albums under his belt and a Helpmann nomination for Best Comedy Performer, Sammy J is truly one of the most inventive and likeable performers in the country.
He is a proud ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Oxfam Australia.
"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 Sammy did."
Alex Webster, Network Development Manager, 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 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, Coordinator Programming Arts & Culture Frankston Arts Centre.
"A hilarious and unforgettable tale." ★★★★★
"One truly spectacular hour of comedy”
"A beautiful show from an endlessly creative talent"
TIME OUT (LONDON)
“Sammy J is witty, talented, and possessed of incredible timing and memory.”
"Sammy J's narratives are rich in imagery and wordplay, and his command of language and cadence is superb"
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
"Whiplash smart and laugh out loud funny, he is already a Fringe legend"
THE HERALD (EDINBURGH)
“Gleefully raucous, meticulously crazy, charmingly revolting, achingly funny”
"‘He wraps the satirical centre of his songs in a deliciously saccharine shell and ￼performs them with gusto"
"You’ll be lucky if you see anything funnier..."
SAMMY J'S MAJOR PARTY - BRISBANE
SAMMY J'S MAJOR PARTY- PERTH
SAMMY J'S MAJOR PARTY - ADELAIDE
SAMMY J'S MAJOR PARTY - MELBOURNE
Hero Complex - MICF
SIDE SPLITTER COMEDY & ARTS FESTIVAL - SAMMY J: HERO COMPLEX
MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL SAMMY J: HERO COMPLEX
THE SAMMY J SONGBOOK - PERTH FRINGE WORLD
LAUGH YOUR PANTS OFF - JUPITERS HOTEL & CASINO GOLD COAST
ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL
BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL
SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL
WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL
MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL
JAKARTA FRINGE FESTIVAL
BARRY AWARD - MICF 2017
HELPMANN BEST COMEDY PERFORMER 2017
BEST COMEDY SHOW WEEKLY WINNER - ADELAIDE FRINGE 2017
COMEDY SERIES PRODUCTION SAMMY J AND RANDY IN RICKETTS LANE - SCREEN PRODUCERS AUSTRALIA AWARDS 2016
BEST COMEDY AWARD - MELBOURNE FRINGE 2016
ARIA BEST COMEDY RELEASE 2015 (WITH RANDY)
BEST TELEVISION COMEDY SHOW - AACTA 2015
AWGIE AWARD FOR BEST SKETCH OR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT WRITING - WEDNESDAY NIGHT FEVER ABC TV 2014
BEST COMEDY RELEASE - ARIA 2013 (WITH RANDY)
BEST COMEDY - ADELAIDE FRINGE 2013
SPIRIT OF THE FRINGE AWARD - JAKARTA FRINGE FESTIVAL 2012
BEST COMEDY RELEASE - ARIA 2012
BARRY AWARD MOST OUTSTANDING SHOW - MICF 2010 (WITH RANDY)
THE AGE CRITICS' AWARD - MICF 2008 (WITH RANDY)
BARRY AWARD MOST OUTSTANDING SHOW - MICF 2008 (WITH RANDY)
MOST OUTSTANDING COMEDY SHOW - ADELAIDE FRINGE 2008 (WITH RANDY)
BRIAN MCCARTHY MOOSEHEAD AWARD - MICF 2008 (WITH RANDY)
BEST EMERGING CABARET ARTIST - GREEN ROOM AWARDS 2007
UNDER OUR WING AWARD - BUTTERFLY CLUB 2006
BEST NEWCOMER - MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2006
GROGGY SQUIRREL SUBSCRIBER'S CHOICE AWARD - MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2006