Live on Bowen

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Live on Bowen
Live on bowen cast season 5.jpg
Created byLisa Sloetjes
Darcy Bonser
RMITV - Student Community Television Inc.
Written byJosh Samuels
Directed byNick Weller (Season 1)
Matthew O'Mara (Season 2)
Andrew Fenaughty (Seasons 3-5)
Joseph Potter (Season 5-6)
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes55 (list of episodes)
Executive producersDarcy Bonser
Lisa Sloetjes
Jessica Cook (Series Producer)
Jenny Bae (Series Producer)
Riyana Kasmawan (Line Producer)
Elena Szymanski (Line Producer)
Antonio Cafasso (Series Producer)
Billie Egan (Line Producer)
Production locationsRMIT University
Melbourne, Australia
Running timeApprox. 60 min. (Including Commercials)
Production companiesRMITV (Student Community Television Inc.)
RMIT Student Union
Original networkC31 Melbourne
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release8 June 2012 (2012-06-08)[1] –
29 June 2015 (2015-06-29)
Preceded byStudio A Melbourne
(C31 Melbourne, 2008–2011)[2]

Live on Bowen was a one-hour Melbourne comedy talk show and variety show produced by RMITV with the support of the RMIT Student Union which aired on C31 Melbourne. The show featured comedic segments, special guest interviews and music acts ranging from the up-and-coming to high-profile artists. Like its predecessor Studio A, the show aimed to provide a platform to showcase an array of Melbourne’s up and coming talent.

Origin of the name[edit]

The word Bowen was taken from the name of the street that runs through the RMIT City Campus which building 12, the building the TV Studios are located, was situated.

Live broadcast[edit]

The show was broadcast live to air on C31 Melbourne from the TV Studios at RMIT University's City Campus for the first 3 seasons (2012-2013). As of Season 4 2014, C31 Melbourne relocated from their premises on the corner of Victoria and Swanston Streets to William Street near Flagstaff railway station, rendering the RMIT to C31 Melbourne Microwave link useless. Thus since then the show had been prerecorded as live in front of a live audience a week prior to broadcast.


The show was first hosted by Australian actor, comedian Rob Lloyd until Episode 8 of the 2nd season.[3] Aaron McCarthy filled in for Rob for the remainder of the second season, while Rob was on tour with Who, Me at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and was subsequently named host for the third and fourth seasons. Up and coming comedian and writer Simon Taylor took over the reins as host as of the fifth season until the shows sixth and final season.


Guests have included Shaun Micallef, Amberley Lobo, Roz Hammond, Tim Ferguson, Rebecca Barnard, Sean Maher, Mitch Pileggi, Scott Allie, Marieke Guehrer, Cosentino (illusionist), Father Bob, Steve Bastoni, Adam Richard, Jason Chatfield, Paul Verhoeven, Andy Murphy, Claire Hooper, Catriona Rowntree, Scott Darlow Zoe Tuckwell-Smith, Peter Hitchener, Graeme Simsion Jarryd Blair, Erin Holland, Heath McIvor - Randy Shura Taft, Tom Ward, Virginia Gay, Tom Hafey, Tottie Goldsmith, John Safran, Lola Berry, Steph Hickey, Nicholas J Johnson, Faiser Heigns, Jimmy James Eaton, Liam Amor, Brodie Harper, Lee Chan, Elena Kirschbaum (Ella Bella), Rachel Bergman, Danny McGinley, Greg Male, Lili Kendall


Some of the comedians that have performed stand up spots on the show are John Dore, Russell Wiggington, Rob Caruana, Demi Lardner, Jay Morrissey, Peter Jones, Sonia Di Lorio, Wendy Little, Simon Taylor, Hayman Kent, Bad Boys of Musical Theater, Michael Connell, Anthony Jeannot, Dilruk Jayasinha, JMac, Toby Halligan, Em O’Lockland, Charles Barington, Kate McLennan, Jennifer Wong, Wrongtown, Dave Warnake, Michael Connel, Petra Elliott, Ryan Coffey, Alasdair Temblay-Birchall, Phil Andrews, Tim Clarke, Jack Druce, Tony Besselink, Adam Francis,


Some of the musicians and bands that have performed on the show are Benjamin Provest, Joshua Aiello, Woodlock, Better than Wizzards, Buchanan, Amistat, Shelley Segal, The Zanes, The Mear Poets, Dizzy Dee, July Days, Ben Abraham, Ten Thousand, Blackchords, Nicholas Roy, Red Ink, Jen Cloher, Courtney Barnett, EMPRA

Graphics and titles[edit]

Much of the animated GFX and title packages including the animated sequence seen at the beginning of the show were created by Jumbla Pty Ltd[4]


Presenter Role Tenure
Simon Taylor Co-host, Host 2014—2015
Peter Jones Co-host 2015
Elizabeth Davie Co-host 2015
Lauren Bok Co-host 2014
Michael Connell Co-host 2013—2014
Claire Sullivan Co-host 2014—2015
Rob Caruana Co-host 2014—2015
Rob Lloyd Host 2012—2013
Aaron McCarthy Co-host, Host 2012—2013, 2013–2014
Hayman Kent Co-host 2013
Dilruk Jayasinha Co-host 2013
Susie Paterno Co-host 2012
Stefan Taylor Roving Reporter 2012
Craig Annis Roving Reporter 2012


Fill-in presenters for Rob Lloyd: Aaron McCarthy


Antenna Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 Live On Bowen Outstanding Comedy Program Nominated[7]
Live On Bowen Outstanding Creative Achievement In A Program Nominated[7]
Aaron McCarthy Outstanding Male Personality Nominated[7]
2019 Live On Bowen Best Comedy Program Nominated[8]
Francis McKenna, Alex Marshall, Edward Hirst, Krissie Karpinski and James Bull Outstanding Sound in a Program Nominated[8]
Simon Taylor Personality of the Year Nominated[8]


  1. ^ "IMDb Live on Bowen". IMDb. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  2. ^ "2012 RMITV Press Release" (PDF). RMITV. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Episode #2.8". IMDb. 26 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Jumbla | Australian Animation Studio in Melbourne".
  5. ^ "Live on Bowen Credits". Live on Bowen. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  6. ^ "C31 Melbourne Program Guide". C31 Melbourne. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "2014 Antenna Awards". Community Broadcasting Foundation. Community Broadcasting Foundation Ltd. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "2019 Antenna Awards". Antenna Awards. 5 October 2019. C31 Melbourne & Geelong. Retrieved 30 December 2019. Youtube title: The 2019 Antenna Awards // Live from Deakin Edge Melbourne // Oct 5th 2019

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