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Timothy Dorcen Langbene Ferguson
16 November 1963
|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) is an Australian comedian, film director, screenwriter, author and screenwriting teacher.
Ferguson grew up on a rural property near the town of Perthville, New South Wales and spent three years at All Saints College, Bathurst, 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 musical comedy trio 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 sci-fi sitcom DAAS Kapital.
Ferguson's novel, Left, Right and Centre: A Tale of Greed, Sex and Power was published by Penguin in 1997.
Ferguson co-wrote and hosted eight series and twelve one-hour specials of his comedy clip show Unreal TV.
Ferguson is co-director (with Marc Gracie) of the feature film Spin Out. Spin Out is a romantic comedy based at a Bachelor and Spinster Ball. Ferguson co-wrote the movie with Edwina Exton. Producers: Marc Gracie & David Redman. SPIN OUT follows a slow-burning attraction between two long-time friends, Billy (Xavier Samuel) and Lucy (Morgan Griffin). The movie is based at a Ute Muster and B&S Ball. "Spin Out" was shot in Shepparton in August 2015. Sony Pictures Releasing, who have worldwide rights, released the film in cinemas in 2016.
In 2018/19, Ferguson launched his record-breaking live solo show 'Fast Life On Wheels'. He toured Australia to sell-out festival theatres, raising awareness for employment and housing for people with disabilities. The show continues to tour US, UK in 2021. In 2014, Ferguson joined Paul McDermott and Paul Livingston to reform the Doug Anthony All Stars with Livingston replacing Richard Fidler as the group's guitarist. DAAS won the Edinburgh Festival Spirit Of The Fringe Award in 2016. They performed sell-out Edinburgh Festival and London seasons at Soho Theatre & the Shepherds Bush Empire in 2016-17. Ferguson still tours internationally with the reformed Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS). He played the role of Frankenfurter in the long-running The Rocky Horror Show, directed by Nigel Triffit.
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.
From 2016 until 2018, Ferguson taught comedy screenwriting at New York University (NYU Sydney). He has also taught comedy screenwriting at the Screen Academy Scotland, Sydney University, Victorian College of the Arts and Sydney Film School.
Ferguson writes The Ferguson Report, a weekly satirical column in The New Daily newspaper with over 2 million subscribers.
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, comedy feature film & sitcom writer and comedy screenwriting lecturer. It also presents him with a way of overcoming the challenges of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Ferguson published The Cheeky Monkey-Writing Narrative Comedy (published by Currency Press), a comedy writing manual for screenwriters, playwrights and authors. The book offers "a revolutionary approach to comedy writing" and features methods for comic story & character development.
Ferguson was script producer for the AWGIE-nominated web series Forgettherules. He co-wrote and hosted eight series and multiple one-hour specials of Network Ten's Unreal TV and Foxtel's long-running sci-fi fan-show Space Cadets.
Ferguson's artworks (known as "Tim Awt") featured in his Sydney exhibition January 2018, curated by Australian art legend, Damien Minton. He held an exhibition in Sydney 2021 with TV host, comedian and artist Gretel Killeen.
Ferguson's works have toured extensively and appear in publications in Australia and Britain.
Ferguson is Patron of MS Australia and Music for Canberra.
Ferguson announced on an episode of Good News Week in 2010 that he has multiple sclerosis (MS), which required him to occasionally use a walking cane. Ferguson has experienced MS symptoms since the age of 19. His show at the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival was called "Carry a Big Stick", an allusion to his MS. Ferguson's condition has since progressed further and he now uses a wheelchair. He owns the third largest Star Wars toy collection in the southern hemisphere.
In December 2017, Ferguson and co-host Maynard recorded a live charity show of their Castaway Award-winning podcast, 'Bunga Bunga', called 'A Very Bunga Christmas' to a huge crowd of fans at the Harold Park Hotel in Sydney. He has spoken out for young Australians with MS and other disabilities living in aged care. He campaigns to arrange more appropriate options for them.
In 2017, Ferguson hosted the South West Disability Expo, helping thousands of South West Sydney residents with disabilities gain greater control over their lives and engage the most suitable services in their area to meet their individual needs.
Ferguson supports the Summer Foundation (Building Better Lives). Established in 2006, the key aim of the Summer Foundation is to change human service policy and practice related to young people in nursing homes. The Summer Foundation utilises a range of strategies to influence health, housing, aged care and disability service policy and practice related to this target group.
In February 2018, Ferguson apologised via his management to TV critic Candace Sutton for a series of abusive letters containing numerous rude remarks, faxed to her in 1990, with cartoons drawn by him.
Ferguson launched the MS Australia Connections Hub in May 2020. The online hub provides people with multiple sclerosis, their families and carers with tips and advice for living with the condition. People are invited to add their own perspectives and tips on the website. Ferguson's lighthearted tips are featured, including "Physio, Physio, Physio, chocolate and Physio!" and "Homeopathy is not a thing".
Ferguson regularly speaks at public and corporate events about disability, housing, social services and health at events. His most regular keynote speech themes are inclusivity, positivity and overcoming challenges.
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.
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