Darren & Brose

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Darren & Brose are Darren Chau[1] and Brose Avard, two Australian based comedy writers and performers who first met while studying media at Latrobe University. Chau had been working with the comedy ensemble Chop-Socky,[2][3][4][5] while Avard had been producing and broadcasting on several Melbourne radio stations.[6][7] They co-founded the Latrobe Media Group and produced comedy shows for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Channel 31.[8][9][10]

Television programs[edit]

Their first television project together was the comedy variety program, The Rumpus Room with Darren and Brose,[11] which featured sketches, music video parodies, animations animations and special guests[12][13][14] including Kerry Armstrong, Wil Anderson, Dave Hughes, John Safran, Lawrence Mooney, Dave O'Neil, Jo Stanley, Adam Richard, Damian Callinan, Andrew Gaze and Santo Cilauro. The show concluded after five seasons with an outside broadcast at the Athenaeum theatre as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.[15][16]

Chau and Avard were then commissioned by Channel 31 to produce the station's first live nightly program. The nightly one-hour live show Darren and Brose[16][17][18] featured special guest interviews, sketches and animations plus regular weekly guests, including Jeff Jenkins, Billy Pinnell, Paul McCarthy, Tony Wilson (Radio Presenter), Amy Parks and Melbourne rock band Man Bites God.[19] The final episode was also their 100th episode in total and featured special guests Bert Newton, Tony Martin, Glenn Ridge, Gavin Wood, Stan Zemanek and State Minister Justin Madden.[20][21]

They returned with the weekly formatted Saturday Night Darren and Brose.[22][23][24][25] Special guests included Glenn Robbins, Ian Smith, Suzie Wilks[26] and Tracy Bartram, along with American comedians Kenny Kramer and Todd Barry. When the series ended it was the highest rating programme on Channel 31.[27][28]

In 2011 the pair re-united to work on Toon Time,[29][30][31] which Darren Chau created, co-wrote and executive produced, with Brose Avard writing and producing. The programme was hosted by Penelope Mitchell and Dickie Knee, became the highest rating local production ever on channel 111 Hits, and its promotional campaign won 5 Gold Promax Awards.[32][32]

The 'Lost Tapes'[edit]

Thought not to have been in existence, a box of digital tapes were found with recordings of Darren & Brose's live to air TV shows, including Channel 31's very first ever live, daily show. On May 23, 2013 these tapes began being released weekly on-line via the Darren & Brose web-site and YouTube serving as a time-capsule snapshot of the era, the various faces that appeared as guests and the early work of many people who were trained on these shows and have gone on to have successful careers in the industry.[33][34]

Brose's solo work[edit]

Brose Avard has acted in numerous television shows including Prank Patrol, Lowdown[35] and Kath & Kim.[36][37][38]

He is also a television warm-up performer having worked for every Australian network on shows including Santo, Sam and Ed’s Sports Fever!, The Project, The Circle, The Chat Room, Millionaire Hot Seat, Letters and Numbers,[39] The Einstein Factor and Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell.

Darren's solo work[edit]

Darren Chau was a founding member of the comedy ensemble Chop-Socky, who wrote, performed and produced for ABC’s Recovery, 3RRR FM, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and a scripted comedy produced by Artist Services for Foxtel, which he wrote, acted in and directed.[2][12][13][40][41]

He was a segment producer, and head writer for ABC's The Einstein Factor, before accepting the role at Foxtel as Group Programming Director for The Comedy Channel and 111 Hits,[42] the latter being a brand new entertainment channel he co-created and launched.[43] At Foxtel he launched dozens of overseas shows to Australian audiences including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Tosh.0, Russell Howard's Good News and Adult Swim titles including Robot Chicken. He also returned past shows to Australian screens including Prisoner, and in 2013 Foxtel's Brian Walsh publicly thanked and credited Darren Chau for inspiring the idea to create Wentworth, Foxtel's highest rating non-sports program of all time [44] and winner of the Astra Award for Most Outstanding Drama.[45] He created, developed and executive produced 30 local productions including Balls of Steel Australia which became The Comedy Channel's highest ever rating series [46] and won the Astra Award for Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Programme.[47] Chau led both the Comedy Channel and 111 Hits to record ratings years, also winning fourteen Promax Awards,[32][48] including the World Gold for best entertainment program campaign,[49] and the national television Captioning Award.[50][51]

He created and produced the development initiative and reality TV format Comedy Gold [52] which ran for two years, uncovering programme concepts from talent including Jason Gann, Stephen Kearney (Friends, Los Trios Ringbarkus, Garbo (film)), Marty Fields and The Agony of Life series by Adam Zwar,[53][54][55] as well as executive producing the eventual competition winner.[56][57][58][59]

He has been a regular guest speaker at the SPAA Conference,[60] [61] is an official judge of the International Emmy Awards [62] and was appointed by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as the expert moderator for the Comedy Nominee Panel session at the Emmy’s World Television Festival in New York.[63] [64]

Awards[edit]

Along with Radio Karate (Ryan Shelton and Hamish & Andy), Darren & Brose were nominated as finalists for numerous awards including Program of the Year, Best Variety Program, Best Comedy, Best Producer, and Best Presenter at the inaugural Antenna Awards.[65]

The pair beat out thousands of submissions from around Australia to be selected as finalists for Network Ten's ELEVEN OUT OF TEN Development Initiative as part of the 2010 SPAA Conference.[66] [67]

Latrobe Media Group[edit]

Darren & Brose co-founded the Latrobe Media Group which discovered and trained dozens of future international media talent.[68] The alumni includes German based journalist and presenter Stefanie Suren,[69][70] TV news reporter Amy Parks,[71] senior journalist and news presenter Natalie Schenken,[72][73][74][75] Abu Dhabi based Journalist Saeed Saeed,[76][77] German based radio presenter Susanne Henn,[78] radio news presenter Miriam Maghrabi,[79][80] actress and comedian Hayley Butcher,[81][82][83] Neighbours writer Shaun Topp, television Editor Rob Buttery,[84] television director Richard Franc and television producers Andrea Williams,[85][86] Chris Thompson and Adrian Beck.

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