Sam is one of the most daring and unconventional comics in Australia, completely original and vastly absurd, he has one foot firmly planted into the soils of reality, and the other rooted deep into the psyche of being silly.
Sam is a multi award winning cult figure within the Australian comedy scene. He has collected awards, glowing reviews, and played to sell out houses around the country with his solo shows from 2006 to 2012.
His 2006 solo show, Tales of the Erotic Cat, picked up a prestigious nomination for the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2008’s Where Can I Win A Bear Around Here? won the much respected Festival Director’s Choice Award, and in 2010 Sam picked up the Piece Of Wood Award for his solo show, Fail, as well as the Golden Gibbo Award for The Incident which he performed with fellow comedian, David Quirk.
2011 saw Sam take home the award for Best Comedy Show at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, not to mention scoring a nomination for a Barry Award for his Australian solo show, The Precise History of Things and a nomination for Edinburgh’s top Fosters Comedy Award (the comedy equivalent of an Oscar) for his 2011 offering there, Meanwhile.
2012 has already been a busy year for Sam performing his new solo show About The Weather to sell out houses at comedy festivals around Australia before taking that same show to the prestigious invitation only Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then heading back to Australia to perform by invitation at the Just for Laughs Festival at the Sydney Opera House.
Joyous on the radiowaves, Sam has made Australian youth radio network Triple J his own. 2008/09 saw him at the helm of the Weekend Breakfast Show as well as weekday Breakfast and Drive Shows and he is still now a regular contributor across the station.
Spreading further into the ABC, Sam was also a regular on JTV as a host, creating his own sketches and interviewing the latest bands.
In 2008 Sam filmed an interstitial comedy series for the ABC, The Urban Monkey with Murray Foote, which screened in 2009.
In 2011 Sam’s first stand-up DVD was released of his hit 2010 show Fail through Madman Entertainment as part of the Warehouse Comedy Festival and a half hour special of this release was broadcast on ABC TV.
Alongside his comedy, Sam has worked within animal enrichment at the Melbourne Zoo with elephants, seals, reptiles and small native mammals.
Quite simply there is no one else quite like him in the comedy world. Sam is the comic other comedians go to see.
“a breathlessly inventive psycho-comedy”
★★★★★ Independent, UK
“Sam Simmons’ show is a comedy masterpiece”
★★★★★ The Scotsman
“Welcome to the most absurdly crazy world orbiting the Fringe, featuring some of the most original comic concepts and laugh out loud moments of any Edinburgh show in the past 20 years”
★★★★★The Herald, UK
“Simmons is a wide-eyed, frantically energetic stage presence. ‘Problems’ made me want to leap to my feet and scream “Genius!” in an outrageous French accent”
★★★★★ Three Weeks, UK
“When held against the rules of comedy super stardom, Simmons is a lawless gent indeed. Through laughter he will seduce you into his dinky, intimate underside… If you’re looking for the best of the truly transgressive fest, Erotic Cat should be on your hit list”
★★★★★ The Age
“it’s a cult in the making”
★★★★ Scotland On Sunday
★★★★★ The Age 2007
“Here is one of those rare surreal comedians who doesn’t tell jokes and rely on observational humour. He’s just out there, in Sam Simmons land, a place so weird and wonderful he’s just bursting (in a nerdy bespectacled kind of way) to share it with the rest of us… check your sanity at the door and just laugh yourself silly”
The Adelaide Advertiser
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