Jon Bennett began his comedy career with successes in many comedy competitions around Australia including Triple J’s Raw Comedy, Green Faces and Laughing Gas. “Delightful and enthralling” – Australian Comedy Review “Jon is smart, funny, engaging and... more »
Jon Bennett began his comedy career with successes in many comedy competitions around Australia including Triple J’s Raw Comedy, Green Faces and Laughing Gas.
“Delightful and enthralling” – Australian Comedy Review
“Jon is smart, funny, engaging and talented.” – The Herald Sun
In 2006 Jon wrote and acted for sketch television show The Ugly Stick. The Ugly Stick received a fantastic response from both the general public and the press receiving 8 nominations in the National Antenna Awards 2006, receiving 3 awards including Best Comedy. His Radio Show of the same name also won the SYN Award for Best Comedy.
“A refreshing change. Delightful stuff.” – Rip It Up Magazine
Bennett wrote, acted and hosted C31 TV’s Barnaby Flowers Comeback Special, A Time To Talk, and Bumper Bonanza. All three shows were incredibly popular, Comeback Special receiving the National Antenna Award for Best Live Show.
“You will be so comfortable laughing, you probably won’t notice.” – The Advertiser
In 2008/2009 Jon began hosting and performing for the popular weekly event, Northcote Storytelling. His performances were so well received, he was asked to become the resident host for the entire second season.
“Jon’s homespun tales will make you laugh out loud frequently and tear up, intermittently… a unique standup experience.” – Tom Richardson, Independent Weekly
“You see, the show is about more than Jon telling funny stories on stage. It is the beginning of a friendship in which you are his confidant. It is why after the show he invites you to have a beer with him, and why I feel comfortable calling him by his first name.”- Newshit Magazine
Jon then took his talents around the world and created Internet photographic phenomenon: “Pretending Things Are a Cock” which has now spawned a successful book, exhibition and live performance. Bennett has toured all around Australia and Internationally with numerous performances in cities all around America, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Montreal, Vancouver and New York City (where he has performed on a number of occasions at the World renowned ‘Moth Storytelling’),
“hilarious, heartwarming and pant-wetting stories!” – Theatre Alive
Jon Bennett returned to Australia in 2010 to perform sold out shows of “Pretending Things Are a Cock” and “Storytelling with Jon Bennett” for the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Bennett then headed back abroad for performances in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, LA and for the Vancouver and Montreal Fringe Festivals, where he performed to more sell out audiences and his show received a Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy nomination.
“Bennett is a natural storyteller and will have you completely engrossed” - Montreal Mirror
Jon has begun this year with a bang! His 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Show has had more sold out shows than ever and the Pretending Things are a Cock Book is a perennial best seller in book stores around Melbourne. There have also been numerous storytelling and comedy performances.
“Ever get the feeling you’re being played with by a prankster with Andy Kaufman sensibilities?” – RHUM Magazine
Most recently, Jon headed back abroad to do shows in LA, Vancouver and Edmonton to perform at the renowned Edmonton Fringe Festival, performing to sell out audiences and receiving glowing 4 Star reviews.
“at the end of this hilarious and thoughtful hour, no one seems to want to leave the room. ★★★★” – Edmonton Journal