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Endorsement: Mark McAllion - CEO Vicsport
Event: 2012 Victorian Sport Awards

Troy Carrington [Damian Callinan] set the scene for a great night acknowledging and celebrating the best of Victorian sport at the 2012 Victorian Sport Awards. Troy's re-creation of his losing half time speech was hilarious and also drew in many of the dignitaries and guests in the room. Other legendary football coaches, namely David Parkin and Craig Bellamy, won awards at the event and those attending have been talking ever since about the inspiring speeches made by the 'three' big name coaches on the night. Well done Troy!
Endorsement: Destry Puia - President NARPACA [Northern Australia Regional Performing Arts Centre Association]
Event: NARPACA 30TH Anniversary Gala, Customs House, Brisbane 2013

This historic year was made all the more special as a result of your support for NARPACA’s 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Customs House last month. Your special guest appearance as Klaus Amsltel and international perspective contributed to the success of the evening, ensuring it was the memorable celebration we had hoped for.

Your brilliant comedic talent and willingness to join us after performing at the Brisbane Powerhouse earlier that night, speaks volumes about the value you place on NARPACA – we are very grateful and thank you sincerely.

Endorsement: Sarah Bernard - Sarah Bernard Event Management
Event: Roaring 40's Post AFL Grand Final Lunch 2012

What a superb job you did yesterday at the Roaring Forties Lunch! Thank you! That half time address is hysterical, I laughed right from the start, as did nearly every person in that ballroom. It is no wonder the Roaring Forties love using you.


Endorsement: John Harms - Writer/Editor
Event: 2012 Footy Almanac Book Launch

Troy Carrington rocked into the All Nations Hotel, Richmond, to launch The Footy Almanac 2012 and could not have been more at home. He had sensed the nature of the occasion and the sensibility of the people involved, so he nailed the whole thing from go to whoa. He had prepared beautifully, but he also played the night as it unfolded in front of him. Just brilliant. Hilarious. If Barry Humphries had any interest in footy Troy Carrington would be one of his characters. Damian Callinan has beaten our Bazza to the Deep Heat on this one.
Endorsement: Michael Daunt - Board Member - Creswick Community Bank
Events: Opera In The Otways [2011] & Bendigo Bank State Conference [2012]

Damian is a standout, gifted Comedian and MC with a great ability to tune in to any audience. I first saw him as MC of the annual "Opera in the Otways" [Cape Otway/ Apollo Bay - 300 people] He was very funny and entertaining. The second time was as Comedian - 'Troy the country football coach' at the Bendigo Bank State Conference [450 people - Bankers and Partners] He had the room in stitches and did not offend.

Thoroughly recommend.


Endorsement: Tim Rodda - Victoria Area Manager, Bendigo & Adelaide Bank
Even: Bendigo Bank State Conference
Venue: Mercure Ballarat
Year: 2012

It was the perfect act for the bank's conference. You tailored your act to perfectly suit the theme of our night. The act went off without a hitch and was thoroughly enjoyed by both our community directors and staff alike. A fantastic night. Thanks.


Endorsement: Wendy Grimston - Communications & Change Manager - State Trustees of Victoria [2011]
Event: State Trustees Ball
Venue: Hyatt Ballroom
Year: 2011

Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you Damian for your fantastic efforts as our MC on the night. We have had so much great feedback about you Damian - you really did help to make the night even better than it has been in previous years. Thanks for being so flexible and accommodating around timing, seating and the program. We would be very interested in exploring having you as MC again next year.


Endorsement: Tanya Costello - Senior Manager, Philanthropy Partners, ANZ Trustees
Event: Daffyd Lewis Scholarship Dinner
Venue: RACV Club
Year: 2008

Thanks so much for creating and bringing to life your comic Dafydd Lewis Alumnus character for the Dafydd Lewis Dinner last Friday night. I personally was greatly amused by the absurdity of the country football player describing so proudly the wondrous cultural post season tours he had been on. And looking around me I could see lots of our Alumni and current scholars were also. Well done you!


Endorsement: Kim Odea - Fertility Society Of Australia
Event: Fertility Society Annual Conference
Venue: Elwick Racecourse, Hobart
Year: 2007

On behalf of the convenor, Dr Bill Watkins and the organising committee of the Fertility Society Annual Conference, thankyou for the wonderful performance at our dinner.

Your show 'Spaznuts' could not have been more appropriate for our delegates and they enjoyed every moment. Your performance was, without doubt, one of the stand-outs of the conference and was discussed and re-lived in detail throughout the next day!

We greatly appreciated the work you put onto 'personalise' the show to our delegates and the conference.


Endorsement: Geoff Sinclair - President -The Roaring Forties Club & CEO Brigadoon Horses
Event: Roaring Forties Annual Post Grand Final Lunch
Venue: Hyatt Ballroom
Year: 2010

Dear Damian,

I want to thank you on behalf of all the Roaring Forties members for your absolutely fantastic support of our event at such incredible short notice last Friday. You are rated as one of the best comedians we have had in 29 years and I have already been requested your contact details for other events!

People with your skill and willingness to help are rare and we really appreciate your contribution ... you were very, very, good!


Endorsement: Ray Wilson
Organisation: Roaring Forties
Year: 2010-2012

The Roaring Forties Club has engaged Damian not once, not twice, not three times, but four times in two years for functions from 80 to 650 guests where we have needed the best Australian comedy has to offer. He knocked 'em dead every time. Totally different shows each time, delivered with sparkling visual and voice skills. A special talent.


Endorsement: Karen Patterson - Director of COPACC [Colac Otway Performing Arts Centre]
Events: Touring shows 'Spaznuts' & 'Cave To The Rave' & MC of 'COPACC Launch' & 'Opera In The Otways'
Year: 2009-2012

Did you hear the one about the comedian who was locked out of his accommodation and slept in his car the night before a big gig? He still had the audience in the palm of his hand from the get go. He was an extremely funny, engaging and accomplished MC. (By the way it was Damian!)

Damian Callinan writes and performs brilliantly observed comedy that's instantly recognisable and exceptionally funny. His routines should come with a health warning - some of our punters end up with respiratory problems after laughing so hard.

Some comedians work really hard at trying to be funny, but often aren't. Damian Callinan is a naturally funny man and nails it every time.


Endorsement: Chelsea McLaren, Team leader
Organisation: The Cube Theatre, Wodonga
Events: Touring Shows - 'Last Drinks', 'Spaznuts', 'The Merger' & 'Cube Theatre Launch'

If you're at a Damian Callinan show and you're not laughing hysterically it's most likely because you have fallen off your chair.

Damian's characters and observations are hilarious - they have you smirking one minute and doubled up with laughter the next, it seems he is happy to poke fun at anything that moves. Attend a Damian Callinan show and we challenge you not to laugh.


Endorsement: Belinda Tankard - Events Co-Ordinator
Organisation: Brisbane Lions Football Club
Event: Brisbane Lions Presentation Night

"Damian was great - it was a perfect fit with our Footy loving audience! In particular our playing squad really enjoyed his routine. It really had a big impact on the overall success of the awards night!"


Endorsement: Peter Maggs - Head Of New Media
Organisation: Australian Children's Television Foundation
Event: Kahootz Competition Awards Ceremony

"What impressed us most about the terrific job Damian did at the 2006 Kahootz Competition Awards Ceremony was the research he did beforehand and the empathy he had for the students, parents and teachers at the ceremony. It really felt that he was part of our team and he made the kids feel that they were truly at a special event. Great MC and a true professional."


Endorsement: Anthony Menchetti
Organisation: The Fellowship of Comedians

"I had to let you know how great I thought your show [Spaznuts] was. You showed me how many more levels one can go to in a show and I haven't ever seen anyone reach so many layers in a one-hour show before. You managed to make it honest and moving and your ability to completely expose yourself (emotionally I mean) made the audience love the show all that much more. It was constantly funny, endearing and absolutely entertaining. A huge well done and a big thank you for inspiring me."


Endorsement: Ann Byrne - CEO
Organisation: Unisuper
Event: $15B Landmark Celebration Function

"UniSuper recently held a function to celebrate a significant milestone and to thank staff for their continued effort in ensuring that the organisation performed effectively. Rather than just have the corporate speeches we thanked the staff with humour. Damian Callinan applied himself to that task of being a consultant who was entering the organisation to boost morale. As well as his hoax Damian topped the night with a standup routine. Damian's contribution was sensational and made the night. There was not one dissatisfied customer and all are still smiling. A fabulous way to boost morale in fact."


Endorsement: Amanda Gray - Melbourne Pro Bono Co-ordinator
Organisation: Mallesons Stephen Jacques
Event: Workplace Giving Function

"Damian Callinan very kindly accepted our invitation to entertain our partners and staff at a drinks function at Mallesons following the launch of our Workplace Giving program.

From my own observations and the enthusiastic feedback from others, Damian's presentation was outstanding in every way. First and foremost, he was really funny! The audience were in hysterics most of the time, including me. He had taken the time to do his homework (even attending the Charities Expo being part of the launch which took place earlier in the day) so that his content was both relevant to and understanding of the context within which he spoke. He struck an immediate rapport with the audience which included lawyer and non-lawyer senior and junior. He had something for everyone and delivered a few perfectly pitched "digs" without causing any offence! His "dancing at weddings" routine and animal impersonations were particularly clever.

Furthermore, he was a pleasure to deal with on a personal level, being responsive, punctual and courteous. I would recommend Damian as an entertainer to just about any audience on any occasion."


Endorsement: Tony Parkinson - Managing Director
Organisation: Penny's Hill Winery - McLaren Vale SA
Event: New Release Launch

"Ah, the incredible Mr Callinan, D. After a night laboured with long and necessary speeches and wine related tasting stuff, the recent Penny's Hill new release wines dinner was blown apart by the razor sharp wit and comic timing of our visitor from Melbourne. Our guests are still in awe of Damian Callinan's side-splitting delivery. He was the star!"


Endorsement: Russell Pratt - Vice Chair VOTA
Organisation: Victorian Offender Treatment Association
Event: VOTA AGM

"Damian Callinan's performance at our recent AGM was inspired. He had obviously done his homework into the activities of our organisation, and as such was able to inject some well- aimed references that the audience really appreciated. Not only would I recommend Damian to anyone (and would gladly have him at any function that I organise in the future) in regards to his very funny act, but I would also say that Damian was a pleasure to deal with leading up to the event. He returned calls promptly, asked questions and confirmed his attendance. All in all a very classy act."


Endorsement: Jade Hann
Organisation: Commander Australia Limited
Event: Commander Learning Technologies Conference

"As an ex teacher, Damian was excellent at connecting with the audience. He obviously did his homework prior to the night as he was able to relate a great deal on his content to the theme of the conference and the types of delegates at the conference. Overall, very funny, professional and extremely entertaining."


Endorsement: Jason McCarthy - Station Manager
Organisation: 96.5WAFM & 98.1 The Spirit - Geraldton W.A
Event: Sponsor Thankyou Function

"If you're looking for your next corporate function to be a big hit then go no further than Damian Callinan. Damian was recommended to us from another business in Adelaide who acquired his services and from the initial contact Damian was keen to work closely with us to ensure the show was a success. He does research on the area, crowd, topics that will be relevant to the event and can adjust his style to suit your requirements.

I have no hesitations in recommending Damian for your event because regardless of your business you will be very pleased as will your clients."