Sam Simmons (comedian)

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Sam Simmons
Born (1977-03-19) 19 March 1977 (age 38)
Nationality Australian
Years active 2003–present
Website http://www.samsimmons.com.au/
Australian Comedy Awards
Moosehead Award 2003
Best Emerging Comedy Award 2006
The Groggy Squirrel Critics’ Award 2006

Sam Simmons is an Australian comedian and radio and TV presenter, based in Los Angeles.[1]

Between Simmons' stand up and acting as a regular host on Triple J as well as JTV interviewing bands, he developed his unique sense of non-sequitur and surrealist humour which led to his first television show The Urban Monkey with Murray Foote in 2009 with Janis McGavin.

In 2012, Simmons followed up with a sketch style TV series Problems following more in the tone with that of his surrealist stand up shows. Sam Simmons performed at TEDxSydney in 2014[2] and is now working on a new a US pilot filmed in Albuquerque. Simmons described it as "a reality show about animals".[3]

Simmons has been described as Australia's most daring and unconventional comic.[4][5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 2003 Participation Award[6] for The Steve Promise Story
  • 2006 Adelaide Fringe Festival Best Emerging Comedy Award for Tales from the Erotic Cat
  • 2006 The Groggy Squirrel Critics’ Award[7] for Tales from the Erotic Cat
  • 2008 MICF Directors' Choice Award[8] for Where can I win a bear around here?
  • 2010 MICF Golden Gibbo Award for The Incident with David Quirk[9]
  • 2010 MICF Piece of Wood Award for Fail
  • 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival Best Comedy Award for Sam Simmons and the Precise History of Things
  • 2014 Sydney Comedy Festival Director's Choice Award for "Death of a Sails-Man [10]
  • 2015 MICF Barry Award for "Spaghetti for Breakfast"

Nominations[edit]

  • 2003 Triple J Raw Comedy Competition (finalist)
  • 2006 MICF Barry Award for Tales from the Erotic Cat
  • 2011 MICF Barry Award for Precise History of Things (Meanwhile -UK)
  • 2011 Edinburgh Best Comedy Award for Meanwhile
Awards
Preceded by
Claire Bartholomew, Scott Brennan and Barfoot & Cantone
Moosehead Award
2003
Succeeded by
Damian Clark, Krisztian Bagin and Monica Dullard
Preceded by
(no Fringe awards this year)
Best Emerging Comedy Award
Adelaide Fringe Festival

2006
Succeeded by
Hannah Gadsby
Preceded by
Tim Minchin
The Groggy Squirrel Critics' Award
2006
Succeeded by
Justin Hamilton[11]
Preceded by
Justin Hamilton
Directors' Choice Award
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2008
Succeeded by
The Bedroom Philosopher[12]
Preceded by
Lawrence Mooney
The Piece of Wood Award
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2010
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
The List Operators
The Golden Gibbo Award
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2010
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Steven Sheehan
Best Comedy Award
Adelaide Fringe Festival

2011
Succeeded by
Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Conan O'Brien was so impressed by Sam Simmons' stand-up that he's invited him to perform on his talk show for a second time", news.com.au, October 27, 2013
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ [4]
  6. ^ [5]
  7. ^ [6] The Groggy Squirrel Critics’ Award is open to Australian acts only.
  8. ^ The MICF Directors' Choice is awarded by the Comedy Festival Director, in consultation with other visiting Festival Directors, to a show that somehow missed out on any other prize. http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/about/awards/#director
  9. ^ [7]
  10. ^ [8]
  11. ^ [9]
  12. ^ [10]

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