Matt Parkinson

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Matt Parkinson
Born Matthew "Parko" Parkinson
(1963-11-28) November 28, 1963 (age 53)
Perth, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Other names "Goliath"
Occupation comedian, actor, radio presenter & game show personality

Matthew "Parko" Parkinson, also billed as Matt Parkinson, (born 28 November 1963) in Perth, Western Australia, is a comedian, actor, radio presenter and game show personality.


Parkinson began acting at school and studied theatre arts at W.A.I.T. (now Curtin University). Matt's professional career began in Perth at the Hole in the Wall Theatre Company where he appeared in Hamlet, The Cherry Orchard, A Midsummer Night's Dream and the title role in Ben Johnson's The Alchemist. He is often referred to simply as "Parko".

Matt was formerly a member of the comedy duo The Empty Pockets, along with Matthew Quartermaine, who featured regularly on the television show The Big Gig.[1]

Parkinson was also a champion winner of television game show Sale of the Century in the 1990s.[2]

Matt was one of the hosts of the popular Triple M breakfast program The Cage in Melbourne. After the axing of The Cage in the Sydney market at the end of 2006, he moved to Melbourne to continue to co-host the show. He was a regular member of the "Brains Trust" on the ABC quiz show The Einstein Factor, hosted by fellow Cage member Peter Berner.[3] He was also a judge on Comedy Slapdown hosted by H.G. Nelson which appeared on The Comedy Channel in 2008.[4] In 2010 he was a writer on the comedy murder-mystery game show Sleuth 101 on the ABC.[5]

In 2015, he was announced as one of the "Chasers" on the Australian version of the UK quiz show The Chase on the Seven Network where he is nicknamed "Goliath".

Parkinson is married to television producer Maryanne Carroll.


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