Comedian available for hire, based in Victoria
Michael began getting laughs at the age of three in his back yard with the Hills Hoist acting as stage and curtain, and he hasn’t stopped performing since.
At the age of thirteen Michael added juggling to his already extensive talents and spent several years busking and touring with various small circuses. Then, in January 2000, Michael entered the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns Competition and launched his comedy career.
Winning competitions such as the Class Clowns Competition (a search to find Australia’s funniest high school student), and the TREV Campus Comedy Competition (a similar search for the funniest university student), helped Michael become an established performer on Melbourne’s comedy scene.
Over the years Michael has performed everywhere from the set of Rove [live] and Her Majesty’s Theatre, to the main stage of the Melbourne Town Hall and the Telstra Dome during half time. Michael has produced hit shows at festivals such as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, The Melbourne Fringe Festival, and more. He is regularly in demand as a corporate entertainer, a speaker at high schools and universities, and as a performer at comedy venues across Australia.
Michael’s sensitive, intelligent and hilarious routines are beautifully developed to make everyone laugh, and are clean enough not to offend anyone.
"Michael Connell is a brilliant MC. His friendly and welcoming personality shines through and instantly made every single person at our event feel personally welcome. We received many compliments from participants about Michael – mainly telling us that he is excellent and so upbeat. Michael was professional, flexible with last minute run sheet changes and delivered key messages perfectly. It’s hard to find a great MC and I will definitely book him again!" Rachella Birch-Samios | Major Outdoor Events Manager
"We would not hesitate to recommend Michael to anyone seeking an intelligent, witty and clean comedian who can be used to entertain a broad audience without offence." Bendigo Bank
"…genuinely funny and not in need of bad language or shock tactics to raise laugh" Herald Sun