Guy Williams (comedian)

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Guy Williams
Born Guy Malachi Jones Williams
(1987-09-19) 19 September 1987 (age 31)[1]
Christchurch, New Zealand
Education Nelson College
Alma mater Victoria University of Wellington
Employer MediaWorks New Zealand
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 5 in)[2]
Family Paul Williams (brother)
Maria Williams (sister)
Comedy career
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • Television
  • Radio
Years active 2008–present
Partner(s) Golriz Ghahraman

Guy Malachi Jones Williams (born 19 September 1987)[1] is a New Zealand comedian and television personality. He is currently a host on Jono and Ben, a satirical news and entertainment television programme.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Christchurch to Gary and Roseanne Williams, and moved to Nelson when he was twelve months old.[3] He attended primary school at St Joseph's School,[4] and was educated at Nelson College from 2001 to 2005; in 2005 he travelled to Gallipoli with Prime Minister Helen Clark after winning a student essay competition.[5] He was a member of the school's 'A' basketball team from 2003 to 2005.[6]

He attended Victoria University of Wellington, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in political science in 2011.[7][8] While at Victoria University he ran for the positions of Activities Officer in 2009[9] and President of Victoria University of Wellington Students Association in 2010, but withdrew his application for the latter.[10]

Career[edit]

Williams began performing stand up comedy in Wellington in 2007. In 2009 he performed as Dai Henwood's opening act after winning Dai's Protégé Project.[11] He is a regular performer in the New Zealand Comedy Festival in Wellington and Auckland.

In 2010, he started co-hosting on The Jono Project. When the show was merged with WANNA-BEn in 2012 to form Jono and Ben at Ten, Williams followed. He was promoted to co-host in 2013.

In 2012 Williams won the Billy T Award for his debut solo show "On the verge of nothing".[12]

On 15 January 2014, it was announced in a press release that Williams would join The Edge in a new radio show, The Edge Afternoons with Guy, Sharyn & Clint with Sharyn Casey and Clint Roberts. In comedic fashion, he is quoted in the press release as saying: "It has been my dream to work on The Edge radio station ever since last week when they told me I would be working on The Edge radio station. I’m super excited to make my dream a reality."[13] In March 2014, Williams was selected by TV Guide magazine as New Zealand's Sexiest Male Television Personality, beating Shortland Street's Benjamin Mitchell, who had won the award for several years beforehand.[14] He also co-hosted The Xtra Factor, a follow-up programme of The X Factor with Casey and Roberts from March–May 2015.

In June 2015, he began narrating Come Dine with Me New Zealand.

In September 2015, he released a charity single entitled "The Pigeon Song", featuring Christchurch rapper Scribe. It peaked at the number two position in the New Zealand singles chart.

He left The Edge in December 2016.

In 2017, he recorded and released his first half hour stand-up special "In an election year" live at Q Theatre in Auckland.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tweet by Guy Williams". Twitter. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016. I'm sooo tall! I was born in 1987
  2. ^ Guy Williams, Sharyn Casey and Clint Roberts (1 April 2014). "Guy, Sharyn, and Clint's Podcast for Tuesday April 1st, 2014" (Podcast). Event occurs at 21:40. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  3. ^ Guy Williams, Sharyn Casey and Clint Roberts (2 September 2014). "Guy, Sharyn, and Clint's Podcast for Tuesday Sept 2nd 2014" (Podcast). Event occurs at 14:40. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  4. ^ Guy Williams and Sharyn Casey (3 August 2015). "Guy, Sharyn, and Clint's Podcast for Monday August 3rd 2015" (Podcast). Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Gallipoli student essay winners announced". 5 April 2005. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  6. ^ Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition
  7. ^ "Roll of graduates". Victoria University of Wellington. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  8. ^ Cawston, Rebecca (25 April 2013). "Williams on a roll laughing at all things Kiwi". Bay of Plenty Times.
  9. ^ Wood, Jackson (27 July 2009). "By-Election manifestos". Salient. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  10. ^ "VUWSA 2010 Annual Report" (PDF). VUWSA. p. 17. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  11. ^ Schulz, Chris (28 April 2009). "Meet Dai Henwood's new sidekick". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  12. ^ "New Zealand Theatre: theatre reviews, performance reviews - Theatreview". www.theatreview.org.nz. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  13. ^ "Comedian Guy Williams Joins the Edge - Scoop News". www.scoop.co.nz.
  14. ^ "Nelson Guy voted sexiest man on TV". Nelson Mail. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  15. ^ Guy Williams (2017-09-12), Guy Williams - Stand Up Comedy - "In an election year" 2017, retrieved 2017-11-23

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