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Tim Ferguson at the DAAS Kapital DVD launch, April 2013
|Born||Timothy Dorcen Langbene Ferguson
16 November 1963
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Residence||Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|Occupation||Television presenter, comedian|
|Known for||Don't Forget Your Toothbrush
Doug Anthony All Stars
|Spouse(s)||Stephanie Mills (2012–present)|
Timothy Dorcen Langbene Ferguson (born 16 November 1963 in Sydney, NSW) is an Australian comedian and television presenter.
Ferguson grew up in the country town of Blayney, New South Wales before moving to Canberra, where he attended the radical free-school School Without Walls and Narrabundah College. He is the son of Tony Ferguson, who was a Vietnam War correspondent, the first reporter to release news of the Tet Offensive to the world media. Tony became executive producer of This Day Tonight and Four Corners at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and network liaison for the ABC's managing director, David Hill.
His first major appearance was as a member of the Doug Anthony All Stars, along with Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler, on the UK Channel 4 television show Friday Night Live and then the ABC television show, The Big Gig, where they quickly gained a following. This was soon followed by their own show, the sci-fi sitcom DAAS Kapital.
Ferguson's novel, Left, Right and Centre: A Tale of Greed, Sex and Power (ISBN 0-14-026579-1), was published by Penguin in 1997 and became Australia's #1 best-seller for three months. Politician Graham Richardson said of the book, "It scared the hell out of me".
Ferguson co-wrote and hosted eight series and twelve one-hour specials of his comedy clip show Unreal TV.
He has written various opinion pieces and articles for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Times. He most notably penned an alternative to the Australian Constitution Preamble.
Ferguson's autobiography Carry a Big Stick: A Life of Laughter, Friendship and MS was published by Hachette in September 2013. It features the stories of his childhood, life as an international touring comedian, network TV celebrity and comedy screenwriting lecturer. It also presents a new way of overcoming the challenges of multiple sclerosis (MS).
In 2010, Ferguson released The Cheeky Monkey (published by Currency Press), a comedy writing manual for screenwriters and comedians. The book offers "a revolutionary approach to comedy writing" and features what Ferguson calls "primal comedy". His Cheeky Monkey Comedy Writing courses tour worldwide.
In 2001, Ferguson branched out into production when he created, produced and co-wrote the TV1 comedy series Shock Jock which ran for two series. In 2003, he hosted a talk back radio show on 3AK and was the host of Big Brother Australia 2003's Big Brother The Insider. Ferguson also appeared in Fat Pizza as the magician "David Cockerfield."
Since then, Ferguson has continued writing TV comedy and other commentary on shows such as including Good News Week, The Glass House, 20 to 1. He was script producer for the AWGIE-nominated web series Forgettherules and host Network Ten's Unreal TV and Foxtel's long-running sci-fi fan-show "Space Cadets". In November 2005, he hosted the Sky Channel National Day of Protest against the Howard Government's industrial relations changes. The Maritime Union of Australia invited Ferguson to host their 10th Anniversary of the Patricks Dispute at the Sydney Convention Centre in 2008, with special guest Julian Burnside. Ferguson describes the event as a personal highlight.
He is one of Australia's top corporate event performers, hosting events and conferences for Australasia's leading corporations. In 2012, Ferguson's production company was developing the feature film Spin Out with Edwina Exton, assisted by Film Victoria. Spin Out is a romantic comedy based at a Bachelor and Spinster Ball. After several years of development, Spin Out began shooting in Shepparton in August 2015, with Ferguson co-directing and co-writing the film.
Ferguson is a sessional lecturer in Screenwriting and Writing TV Comedy at RMIT University. He won the RMIT Best Sessional Teacher Award in 2010. He has trained thousands of comedians and screenwriters through his Cheeky Monkey Comedy courses.
In 2012 he toured his live standup comedy show "Carry a Big Stick", featuring tales and songs from his life on the 'comedy warpath'. The title alludes to his experiencing multiple sclerosis, and needing to use a walking stick.
Ferguson announced on an episode of Good News Week in 2010 that he has multiple sclerosis (MS), which requires him to occasionally use a walking cane. Ferguson has experienced MS symptoms since age 19. His show at the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival was called "Carry a Big Stick", in allusion to his MS. Ferguson's condition has since progressed further and he now uses a wheelchair.
In the 1990 Australian federal election, Ferguson stood as an independent candidate for the seat of Kooyong, against the Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Peacock. Following a "Vote For Tim" campaign conducted by the Allstars on The Big Gig, he gained 3.7% of the vote.
On the ABC's Q&A program on 4 May 2013, Ferguson announced his candidacy for the Australian Senate in the 2013 Australian federal election. He said that he would have no policies, and that he wanted someone for whom he could vote. Ferguson nominated for the Senate for New South Wales, as a member of the Senator Online party. He received 2,220 votes (0.06%) and was eliminated in the twelfth count.
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