|Birth name||Dominic John Sebastian Knight|
26 January 1977 |
|Medium||Radio, Television, Print & Fiction|
|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.
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.
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.
Knight also writes for the Sydney Morning Herald, contributing opinion pieces, wrote for the now defunct liftout Radar, and blogged on the 2007 New South Wales election campaign. He writes a weekly column for the Fairfax Media website Daily Life.
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.
Dominic credits his literary success to his aunt Sue Knight who started him on his path to success by co-authoring with him the children story "Dominic and Sue go to the zoo".
In May 2009, Knight's debut novel Disco Boy was published by Random House. It was followed in 2010 by Comrades which concerned a student election at the University of Sydney. His most recent novel Man Vs Child was published by Random House in 2013.
- Cutting to The Chaser – TV & Radio – www.theage.com.au
- 'A Brush With Mortality', Steve Dow, Sun Herald, 07/12/08.
- Deep down, we're watching ourselves – Opinion – smh.com.au
- The Sydney Morning Herald Blogs: Radar
- The Sydney Morning Herald Blogs: NSW Election 2007 / Dom Knight Archives
- Dominic Knight at the Internet Movie Database
- Dominic Knight's Sydney Morning Herald News Blog
- Dominic Knight at Daily Life