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EDUCOMEDY FOR STUDENTS


STAND-UP FOR STUDENTS

Damian has been asked to speak at everything from valedictory dinners to school assemblies. About the only thing he won't do are fire drills.

Damian's rapport with students of all ages is immediate and genuine. He brings the same hands on, interactive approach to speaking engagements as he did to drama teaching. He takes them through a humorous journey through their own experience from the taps to sick bay; from uniform regulations to the sport of emergency teachers. Using the simple device of researching recent school newsletters and magazines Damian gives the impression he may work there. By the end of it the students generally wish he did.


TELL US HOW TO WRITE A JOKE

Damian regularly performs this hybrid performance workshop to large groups in schools. Rather than just performing routines he takes the audience through the comedy writing process of stand-up, character and sketch comedy and shares hilarious anecdotes about the times things don't go to plan. Part performance, part master class, its an hour the students won't forget.


CLASS CLOWNS

Class clowns is an initiative of The Melbourne International Comedy Festival www.comedyfestival.com/classclowns Damian has been involved with the program since 2001. He and other comedians travels around Australia running workshops and heats with finalists from each state appearing in the national final during the comedy festival each year.


COMEDY WORKSHOPS

Damian runs tailored comedy workshops for any age group focusing on all aspects of comedy - sketch; stand-up; impro; writing; narrative; physical etc.

These can be adapted to your curriculum needs or simply provide an introductory course kickstarting comedy from the point of view of a working professional.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Some schools have taken the opportunity to employ Damian on a more substantial basis as an artist in residence for a short period. In this way the message spreads to a greater number of students or the school can work towards a more performance oriented outcome.


PREMIERS READING CHALLENGE AMBASSADOR

Damian has been an ambassador for the premiers reading challenge since his inception in 2005. As well as regularly MC'ing the launch and the awards ceremony he makes visits to Victorian schools enrolled in the program to speak about reading and its importance to his work but really spends most of the time telling lies and being stupid.

Another role he performs as ambassador is to take turns reading to Ted Baillueu every night before lights out. A role he would enjoy more if he didn't have to read Hansard ... and if Ted wore pajamas.


NATIONAL LITERACY & NUMERACY WEEK AMBASSADOR

In recognition of his work in education Damian was asked to be a national ambassador for National Literacy & Numeracy Week in 2008 where he attended and hosted events and functions in Melbourne & Canberra.