Dave O'Neil

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Dave O'Neil
Birth name David O'Neil
Born 1965 (age 51–52)
Medium Television, film, radio
Nationality Australian
Alma mater RMIT University
Website daveoneil.com.au

David "Dave" O'Neil (born 1965) is an Australian stand-up comedian, actor, bass guitarist, writer and radio personality based in Melbourne.

Early career[edit]

Dave was a Cub, Scout, Venturer and Rover. His father Kevin is still the Group Leader at the 1st/3rd Mitcham Scout Group.[citation needed]

After finishing high school, O'Neil completed a course in primary school teaching; however, he never taught. He became a field officer for the Red Cross, giving talks and training sessions, where he first enjoyed public speaking and the opportunity to tell jokes.[1]

In the late 1980s, he was a member of Melbourne band Captain Cocoa, in which he played bass. His identical twin brother, Glenn, was the lead vocalist.[1][2][3]

Radio career[edit]

O'Neil ventured into radio in the early 1990s, appearing on the Osso Booko Show on Melbourne community station 3RRR from 1992 to 1997, co-hosting the one-hour sketch comedy show on Sundays with Vic Plume and Alan Parkes. He also spent some time on the RRR Breakfast team with Kate Langbroek and regular phone-ins from Dave Hughes.

In 2001 he joined then-new radio station Nova 100 in Melbourne, on the top-rating Hughesy, Kate & Dave breakfast show. He later left in July 2006 for Nova's sister station, Vega 91.5 to co-host the breakfast show Dave and Denise with Shaun Micallef. In 2007, Ian "Dicko" Dickson and Chrissie Swan joined the show with Denise Scott with Shaun Micallef leaving the station.

In 2010, once Vega 91.5 became Classic Rock 91.5, Chrissie Swan departed the breakfast team. However, on 15 July 2010 Ian "Dicko" Dickson and O'Neil were axed from Classic Rock 91.5.

He resides in Clifton Hill, an inner north suburb of Melbourne.

Other activities[edit]

At the Australian federal election in 2007, O'Neil stood as an independent candidate for the federal seat of Gellibrand in Melbourne's industrial and portside inner western suburbs including Williamstown, Newport, Spotswood, Footscray, Braybrook, Altona and parts of Altona Meadows and Laverton.[4][5] He received 2.3% of the vote.[6]

Film/television appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jones, Kate (13 January 2014). "My first job: Dave O'Neil, comedian". The New Daily. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Captain Cocoa". Rate Your Music. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Beck, Chris (11 July 2002). "Waking Dave O'Neill". The Age. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Sim, Joanne (19 April 2010). "O'Neil's unlucky break". The Age. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "House of Representatives Division First Preferences (Gellibrand)". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Gellibrand - Federal Election 2007". ABC Elections (ABC Online). 
  7. ^ "1997 Christmas Special". Under Melbourne Tonight. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 

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