Damian Callinan

Powerfully intelligent comedians like Callinan are rare… one of the country’s best performers – Helen Razer, The Age

Damian Callinan is a multi award-winning comedian, actor & writer. He is best known to TV/film audiences for his appearances on Skithouse, Before The Game, Backyard Ashes, Spicks and Specks & Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala, and his critically acclaimed film The Merger. His prolific output of live shows has made him a favourite of regional audiences and festival attendees alike.


Obsessed from a young age by the Anzac legend and intrigued by the mystery surrounding the identity of two diggers from a family photo, Damian sets out on a quest to put names to the faces. The Three-time Barry Award nominee, brings to life the pages of a diary as we meet Paddy Callinan and his ‘push’ as they set off for ‘The Big Show.’ ‘The Lost WW1 Diary’ examines the horrors of war through the lens of a larrikin. Selected as part of the VCE playlist in 2017, it has been made available digitally for virtual teaching purposes.

“Memorable, moving, brilliant.” ★★★★★ – Katie Spain, The Advertiser (Adelaide 2015)

NOMINEE – Best Comedy, FRINGE WORLD (Perth) 2015

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Now an acclaimed feature film adaptation starring Damian Callinan, Kate Mulvany & John Howard, Callinan returns to the stage with the one man tour de force that inspired the OzFlix Best Film, Cinema Australia Audience Awarded & dual AACTA nominated ‘instant classic’ (Film Blerg)

The dysfunctional Bodgy Creek Roosters Footy Club is in trouble & will either have to fold or merge with their arch rivals – the Hudson’s Flat Cougars. But prodigal son coach Troy Carrington has other ideas; to save the club he embarks on a programme to recruit refugees and unwittingly takes the community on a journey of change.

NOMINEE – Barry Award, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2010

NOMINEE – FRINGE WORLD (Perth) Editor’s Choice Award 2016

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Damian Callinan, renowned character and stand-up comedian, confirms what many had already suspected: he suffers from OTTDs [Over The Top Dance Syndrome]. After years of eschewing partner dancing and cutting up dance floors on his own he discovers that the only cure is to learn how to Swing Dance.

‘Swing Man’ sends Callinan back to the incidents in his adolescence that set him on his path – A fracas at a Bush Dance, unrequited love at Ballroom Dancing and the revelation that as a 17 year old he was abducted by Swing era obsessed aliens who set him an ultimatum to learn how to Swing Dance by the time he is 51.

Mixing storytelling, stand-up, sketches and choreography Callinan takes the audience on a journey from his nervous teens to middle age where, having procrastinated for 34 years, he attempts to learn how to swing dance in 4 months. Can he tick off the only thing on his bucket list before its too late? Callinan is joined on stage by renowned swing dancers, Genevieve Wallis & Jeanne-Clare Storace [alternating] helping to create ‘a completely and utterly charming hour’.

NOMINEE – FRINGE WORLD (Perth) Best Comedy Show

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As the three-time Barry Award nominee approaches the anniversary of a heart attack, Damian Callinan undergoes a stress test. Can he still weave stories, conjure characters, land punchlines & dance while connected to an electrocardiogram? Be part of the experiment as the ‘The Merger’ star explores all matters of the heart.

As he takes the audience through a check list of his trademark stage skills, the story shifts to the biographical as he reveals his cardio rehab story. Set on a path of self-revelation, the heart testing takes a different tack as his physical recovery is placed in the context of a family tragedy that has shaped his recent emotional path.

Stress Test puts Damian in the driver’s seat of a car he knows how to handle: a biographical storytelling sedan with comedy wheels and a pathos finish.

Stay tuned for the debut season of Stress Test rescheduled until 2020/21

The Rummage South Memorial Hall has seen better days. With white ants in the walls, possums in the roof and pigeons in the projection booth, the local wildlife are getting more use out of the hall than the locals. Due to the stringent restrictions enforced by Brenda, the intractable hall committee president, many residents have given up even trying to book the place.  However, when tree changer Penny manages to inveigle her way onto the committee, the community gets a shake-up. When she reveals that a hall grant is within their reach, the fractured committee ultimately join forces to outbid nearby rival, the Glenwarren Community Hall. Unbeknownst to the committee, the hall is also inhabited by the spirits of the hall’s past who weave their subtle magic to help the hall & the community heal.

Written, directed & co-starring by Damian Callinan, The Hall Committee includes a cast of actors that bring to life the folk of Rummage South past and present. Devised to be performed in the small country hall environment, audiences will have their own hall transformed in front of them as the cast usurp their residing committee to bring this interactive, immersive, hilarious play to life.

The Hall Committee is a nostalgic celebration of the role halls have played in the fabric of small town Australia but challenges us to look forward to the next phase of community life in the ever changing landscape of rural Australia.

The Hall Committee debuted in September 2019 in the Riverina with a seven hall tour. We are now taking EOIs for remount in 2021 and beyond.

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