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.
As a solo act, Sammy J was nominated for The Barry Award this year, won Best Comedy at Melbourne Fringe in 2016 and won the Best Newcomer award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has since performed in Edinburgh, Montreal, and every major Australian comedy festival. His album “Skinny Man, Modern World” received an ARIA nomination for Best Comedy Release, and he gained a national following with his satirical take on the 2016 Federal Election, “Sammy J’s Playground Politics”.
In May this year Sammy returns to ABC screens with his latest political satire sketch show, Sammy J’s Playground Politics.
In 2008, a collaboration with puppeteer Heath McIvor led to the dark musical comedy “Forest of Dreams”. As "Sammy J & Randy", the duo received the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show at the 2010 Melbourne Comedy Festival. Their acclaimed live shows have taken them from the
Sydney Opera House to London’s West End, and in 2015 they were handpicked by Neil Patrick Harris to appear in his Montreal Gala. Their musical sitcom, “Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane”, premiered on ABC TV in 2015, and has since launched on Netflix UK and NBC’s Seeso in the USA.
As a composer, Sammy J has written countless comedy songs for stage and screen, and scored the incidental music for “Ricketts Lane” and “Sammy J’s Playground Politics”.
Away from the comedy world, Sammy J’s MC skills have seen him host award shows, interview politicians, and inject much-needed humour into corporate events. He regularly runs workshops in schools, and his writing has appeared in multiple publications.
Sammy J is a proud Ambassador for the mentoring service Big Brothers Big Sisters, and travelled to South Africa with Randy as Oxfam ambassadors in 2014 to witness Oxfam’s work firsthand.
Sammy J's biggest project remains unfinished. In 2008, he started “The 50 Year Show”, a comedy spectacular that will run every five years until 2058. The show continues in Melbourne in 2018.