Ed Kavalee

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Ed Kavalee
Kavalee in November 2007
Born (1979-06-30) 30 June 1979 (age 44)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Comedian
  • actor
  • writer
  • podcaster
  • radio and television presenter
Years active2005–present
Known forHave You Been Paying Attention?
(m. 2014)

Edward Robert Kavalee (born 30 June 1979)[1] is an Australian comedian, actor, writer, podcaster, radio and television presenter and association football commentator. He is a recurring panellist on Network 10's Have You Been Paying Attention? with Sam Pang and co-hosts Hughesy, Ed & Erin with Dave Hughes and Erin Molan on 2DayFM.

Kavalee is a former host of Ash, Grant & Ed on 2Day FM and the Marto, Ed & Robin breakfast show on Triple M Brisbane. He has hosted a number of television shows, including TV Burp and various sports-themed comedy shows along with Santo Cilauro and Sam Pang.


Kavalee is an experienced Theatresports performer. He had been involved in running Theatresports workshops at the University of New South Wales (Studio 4, New South Wales University's comedy society),[2] and for a number of years, he hosted Theatresports at the University of Sydney. Before his career on radio with Triple M, Kavalee began working in a small video store at the age of fourteen for a period of eight and a half years, and was a panel operator and part of the promotions team with the Triple M Rock Patrol vehicles, The Black Thunders.[3]

Kavalee is a graduate of Screenwise.[4] Three months before he graduated, he scored the pilot and a part on the ensemble cast of Working Dog Productions' improvised comedy show Thank God You're Here. He appeared in more than 20 episodes of the show in 2006 and remained a member of the ensemble cast in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th series.[citation needed]

In 2006, Kavalee joined with co-host Tony Martin and panel operator Richard Marsland for the Triple M radio comedy show Get This which featured comedy sketches, celebrity guests and banter on trivia and current affairs. The show was a ratings success[5] and soon developed a devoted assembly of loyal fans including English comedian Ross Noble who commented in an interview in 2012 that Get This, although off-air for five years, remained his all-time favourite radio show.[6] But after two years, Austereo made the controversial decision to axe the program.[7] Despite the protests from fans and supporters, the show finished in November 2007.[8] In December 2008, Kavalee and Martin recorded a special tribute podcast dedicated to the memory of Richard Marsland who died earlier that month.[9]

In 2008, Kavalee joined The Wrong Way Home with Akmal Saleh and Cal Wilson on the Nova Network. Before Kavalee joined he was a guest co-host while Wilson took time off for her wedding.

In 2009, Kavalee was appointed as anchor on Nova 100's Hughesy & Kate breakfast show, replacing Tim Blackwell who hosted the Nova Nights show Launchpad with Hayley Pearson.[citation needed]

Kavalee hosted TV Burp on the Seven Network in mid 2009, which was the Australian TV series that was based on the original version of the UK's TV series Harry Hill's TV Burp.[10] He co-hosted Santo, Sam and Ed's Cup Fever! with Santo Cilauro and Sam Pang on SBS TV, which was a light-hearted look at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, running for the duration of the championships. Kavalee was reunited with his former co-host on Get This, Tony Martin, for The Joy of Sets on the Nine Network.[11] This comedy television series, looking at the elements used to construct television shows, commenced screening on 20 September 2011 in the 9:00 pm Tuesday timeslot on Nine.[12] The eighth and final episode aired on 8 November 2011. Although initial ratings were impressive, subsequent figures were disappointing and midway through the series, it was moved to a later timeslot of 10.30pm.[13]

In December 2011, Kavalee resigned from Nova 100 to focus on TV and film work.[14] In 2012, he appeared in the Australian film Any Questions for Ben? directed by Rob Sitch.[15] Kavalee co-hosted Santo, Sam and Ed's Sports Fever! on the Seven network, a spin-off from the SBS series in 2010. He was also a regular guest on the TV show Agony Uncles (ABC-TV).[16] He also worked on the comedy film Scumbus in which he starred, co-wrote, co-produced and largely self-funded. The comedy film focusses on a pair of under-achieving policemen and was shot in only 11 days, featuring a cast of well-known names in Australian comedy.[17] The film aired on Ch-10 on 10 November 2012,[18] received positive reviews and was selected for screening at the Los Angeles Comedy Festival.[19] At the end of 2012, Kavalee was seeking a distributor for his second feature film entitled Border Protection Squad, the film has been written, directed and also co-produced by himself and is a comedy that takes a satirical swipe at TV shows such as Ch-7's Border Security.[20] The film was made available for downloads on iTunes in 2015.

In January 2014, Kavalee joined Triple M Brisbane's The Grill Team with Marto, Michelle & Ed breakfast show as a co-host.[21] He is also one of two regular panellists on the Network Ten comedy quiz show Have You Been Paying Attention?, the other being Sam Pang.[22]

In October 2017, Kavalee announced that he would be leaving the Marto, Ed & Robin breakfast show on Triple M Brisbane at the end of the year to spend more time with his family. The announcement came not long after his wife, Tiffiny Hall, had given birth to their son.

In November 2017, Southern Cross Austereo announced that Kavalee would be joining Em Rusciano to co-host breakfast on 2Day FM replacing Harley Breen.[23] It was later announced in December that Grant Denyer would join the show. Em, Grant & Ed remained on air until Southern Cross Austereo announced that it would end on Friday 16 August 2019 and will be replaced by a music focused show.

Kavalee quickly moved over to a temporary role on Southern Cross Austereo's Hit Network national afternoon show, Hughesy & Kate, after Kate Langbroek announced she wasn't coming back to the show, or Australia, until 2020. Kavalee will stand in alongside Dave Hughes until at least the end of 2019.[24]

In November 2020, Southern Cross Austereo announced that Kavelee, Dave Hughes and Erin Molan would replace Jamie Angel to host The 2Day FM Morning Crew with Hughesy, Ed and Erin Molan from Monday, 18 January 2021. A one-hour highlights package will air nationally at 6pm across the Hit Network.


  • Get This (2006–2007)
  • The Wrong Way Home with Akmal, Cal and Ed (2008)
  • Hughesy & Kate – co-host and anchor (2009 – 2011)
  • Summer Breakfast on Triple M – Host – (December 2013)
  • The Grill Team with Marto, Michelle & Ed – anchor (January 2014 – May 2015)
  • Marto & Ed Kavalee – co-host (May 2015 – December 2016)
  • Marto, Ed & Robin – co-host (January 2017 – December 2017)
  • Em, Grant & Ed – co-host (January 2018 – September 2018)
  • Ash, Grant & Ed – co-host (January 2019 – August 2019)
  • Hughesy & Kate – fill-in presenter (August 2019 – December 2019)
  • Hughesy & Ed – co-host (January 2020 – December 2020)
  • Hughesy, Ed & Erin - co-host (January 2021 – present)




  • Lucky (2006)

Personal life[edit]

Kavalee's surname is Thai-Chinese.[26] In 2014, Kavalee married celebrity trainer, fitness promoter and writer Tiffiny Hall.[21][27] They have a son born in September 2017, and welcomed a baby girl on 30 May 2022.


  1. ^ "Comedian Ed Kavalee focused on Ford". Sunshine Coast Daily. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  2. ^ "What is theatresports?". Archived from the original on 27 May 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2006.
  3. ^ "Early riser – TV & Radio – Entertainment". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 April 2006.
  4. ^ "Ed Kavalee – Free listening, videos, concerts, stats and pictures at". Last.fm. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Victim of his own success". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 October 2007.
  6. ^ "Ross Noble and Tony Martin – RN Drive – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". 19 April 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Entertainment news – celebrity headlines". News.ninemsn.com.au. Retrieved 27 May 2014.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Ziffer, Daniel (3 November 2007). "Get this: top-rating radio show gets the axe". The Age. Melbourne.
  9. ^ Radio star Richard Marsland's shock death. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2014
  10. ^ Ed Kavalee hosts TV Burp for Seven – TVtonight.com.au, 2 June 2009
  11. ^ The Joy of Sets Archived 2 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine – The Australian, 2 December 2010
  12. ^ Murfett, Andrew (15 September 2011). "A medium well done". The Age. Melbourne. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  13. ^ "Bumped: The Joy of Sets. Returning: Mike and Molly". TV Tonight. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Ed Kavalee will leave Melbourne's Nova 100". The Australian. 2 December 2011.
  15. ^ "Any Questions for Ben?". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  16. ^ "Agony Uncles – ABC TV". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  17. ^ "Ed Kavalee on the Scumbus to LA". TV Tonight. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  18. ^ Giles Hardie. "Weekend free-to-air TV". Canberratimes.com.au. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  19. ^ "Steering a top cast of comedy talent". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  20. ^ "Ed Kavalee seeks distributor for new film Border Protection Squad". Mumbrella. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  21. ^ a b Bochenski, Natalie (15 January 2014). "Kavalee rugs up for Brisbane radio". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  22. ^ Knox, David (25 May 2014). "Have You Been Paying Attention?: May 26". TV Tonight. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  23. ^ "Six breakfast shows in six years at 2Day FM – Mediaweek". mediaweek.com.au. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  24. ^ "Kate Langbroek told radio co-host Dave Hughes via text she won't be back in studio anytime soon". News.com.au. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  25. ^ "Gus & Dave – KFC". Archived from the original on 12 July 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2007.
  26. ^ "Mates game for a laugh". 21 October 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2022.
  27. ^ "Anxiety, love & cult comedy with Luke McGregor" Archived 29 March 2017 at the Wayback Machine The Weekly Review. Retrieved 2017-03-28.

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