Anthony Ackroyd

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Anthony Ackroyd
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Born (1958-06-30) 30 June 1958 (age 60)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
OccupationComedian, speaker, writer
ResidenceSouthern Highlands, New South Wales
Alma materUniversity of Tasmania
ChildrenMichael; Brodie

Anthony Michael Ackroyd (born 30 June 1958) is an Australian comedian, speaker and writer.[1] He is a cast member of the ABC local radio comedy show Thank God It's Friday!. He is the CEO of the company Feel Betterer which provides online courses and live presentations.


Ackroyd was born in Hobart, Tasmania and grew up in the suburb of Warrane.[2] At the age of 16 he became Australian schoolboy public speaking champion when he won "Rostrum's Voice of Youth" competition.[citation needed] He was also a Commonwealth debating champion.[citation needed] He graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and European Literature and Philosophy.[2]

Ackroyd began performing stand up comedy at the Sydney Comedy Store in the 1980s[3]. Television exposure followed with appearances on popular TV shows such as The Video Comedy Store, Hey Hey It's Saturday and The Midday Show. From 1989–1991 he was a cast member on ABC TV's pioneering live comedy show The Big Gig.[4] During the 1990s he appeared on TV shows including Good News Week, Tonight Live, Mornings with Kerri-Anne, and Pizza. He performed the critically acclaimed comedy monologue "Karma Comedian" on ABC's The Smallest Room in the House, which detailed with great honesty many aspects of his life to that point.[5] He performed for many years as a clown doctor at the Sydney Children's Hospital.[2]

Ackroyd's one man shows have included Anthony Ackroyd in His Own Little World, Ecstasy and How To Get It, At Last The Truth About Everything, and The Fruit of My Lions.

He has written for TV and film including the sketch show The Comedy Company and two years writing for an internet sitcom spin off for Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura character. He has workshopped material with writer-performers such as Billy Crystal and Rowan Atkinson.[6] Ackroyd's articles have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Vogue, Life Etc., Studio, Eco Magazine, Parenting, Men's Stuff, the Good Weekend and Good Taste.[6]

Ackroyd's film work includes roles in the movies Reckless Kelly, Gino, and WillFull. He provided the voice of Dragon on the children's TV show Magic Mountain.

Due to an uncanny resemblance, Ackroyd became a frequent impersonator of former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and hosted his own show Political Bent.

Ackroyd was a political candidate at the 2016 federal election for the seat of Wentworth, representing the Arts Party.[7] At the 2014 by-election for the seat of Griffith, brought about following the retirement of Kevin Rudd from the Australian House of Representatives, Ackroyd contested the poll representing the Bullet Train party.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ackroyd is the father of two children, Michael and Brodie, and lives with his partner, Anna, in Bowral, on the NSW Southern Highlands.[9]

He is an Ambassador for the Sydney Swans.[2]


  1. ^ "Anthony Ackroyd". Celebrity Speakers. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Panellist: Anthony Ackroyd". Q&A. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  3. ^ Lynch, Amanda (8 December 1988). "The making of a new comic". Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). p. 32. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Anthony Ackroyd". ICMI. 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Anthony Ackroyd". Motivational and Professional Speakers. Ovations International Pty Ltd. 2007. Archived from the original on 27 July 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Anthony Ackroyd". Inspiring people. Celebrity Speakers Bureau. 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  7. ^ Collins, P. J. (9 March 2016). "New Candidate Announced - Anthony Ackroyd" (Press release). Arts Party. Archived from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  8. ^ "ALP 'targets' PM using local poll". The Australian. 17 January 2014.
  9. ^ Stansfield, Charlie (24 November 2012). "Two of us: Michael and Anthony Ackroyd". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 June 2016.

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