Dominic Knight

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Dominic Knight
Dominic Knight at Arna Launch Night.jpg
Birth name Dominic John Sebastian Knight
Born (1977-01-26) 26 January 1977 (age 39)
Sydney Australia
Medium Radio, Television, Print & Fiction
Years active 1999–present
Genres Satirical Comedy
Notable works and roles CNNNN (2002–2003), The Chaser's War on Everything (2006–2007)

Dominic John Sebastian Knight (born 26 January 1977) is an Australian novelist, comedy writer, radio host and media commentator. Best known as a member of the Australian political satire comedy group The Chaser, he is also an occasional writer, columnist and blogger for the Sydney Morning Herald, and host of Evenings on ABC Local Radio across NSW and the ACT. Along with fellow Sydney University students Charles Firth, Julian Morrow and Craig Reucassel he founded The Chaser newspaper, launched in May 1999.[1]

Knight was educated at Sydney Grammar School, where he met fellow Chaser members Chas Licciardello and Charles Firth. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Sydney, a Master of Arts in Professional Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Doctor of Arts from the University of Sydney. He is the brother of Australian painter Jasper Knight and the grandson of former Reserve Bank Governor Sir Harold Knight.[2]

He worked as a writer on The Hamster Wheel, an Australian Broadcasting Corporation television program which was written and performed by the members of The Chaser comedy group. Unlike his colleagues, Dominic rarely presents on the program on-screen but has done some cameo appearances: television credits include Chaser News Alert and his role as a reporter for two series of CNNNN. He also contributed to the commentary track for the second volume of The Chaser's War on Everything DVD.

During January 2007, he acted as Triple M's drive time summer fill-in along with Chaser colleague Chas Licciardello. Their show, Chas and Dom from 'The Chaser', aired between 4 pm and 6 pm on weekdays from 2 to 25 January, and often included guest appearances from their Chaser colleagues.[3]

Knight also writes for the Sydney Morning Herald, contributing opinion pieces,[4] wrote for the now defunct liftout Radar,[5] and blogged on the 2007 New South Wales election campaign.[6] He writes a weekly column for the Fairfax Media website Daily Life.[7]

In September 2007, Knight was questioned by police, alongside fellow Chaser members Chris Taylor and Craig Reucassel after they strapped on cardboard cars (limousines) and "drove" around Sydney in the wake of Chas and Julian's arrest for entering a restricted zone without justification during the APEC Summit.[citation needed]

In 2008, Knight toured Australia as part of the Chaser team's stage show, The Chaser's Age of Terror Variety Hour.[citation needed]

In recent years he has appeared on the national television political commentary programs Paul Murray Live on Sky News Australia and The Drum on ABC News 24.

In January 2012, Knight replaced Robbie Buck as the Evenings presenter on 702 ABC Sydney, 1233 ABC Newcastle, 666 ABC Canberra and ABC Local Radio stations across New South Wales.[8] Knight will step down from 702 ABC in late 2016, to be replaced by Christine Anu.[9]


In May 2009, Knight's debut novel Disco Boy was published by Random House.[10] It was followed in 2010 by Comrades which concerned a student election at the University of Sydney.[11] His most recent novel Man Vs Child was published by Random House in 2013.[12]


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