Sam is one of the most daring and unconventional comics in Australia, completely original and vastly absurd, he has one foot firmly planted into the soils of reality, and the other rooted deep into the psyche of being silly.
Sam is a multi award winning cult figure within the Australian comedy scene. He has collected awards, glowing reviews, and played to sell out houses with his solo Melbourne Comedy Festival shows from 2006 to 2010; Tales of the Erotic Cat, The Sex & Science of Boredom, Where Can I Win a Bear Around Here? Sam Simmons In The Net Starring Sandra Bullock and Fail.
Of these shows, Tales of the Erotic Cat picked up a prestigious nomination for the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show, Where Can I Win A Bear Around Here? won the much respected Festival Director's Choice Award, and in 2010 Sam picked up the Piece Of Wood Award for his solo show, Fail, as well as the Golden Gibbo Award for The Incident which he performed with fellow comedian, David Quirk.
In 2011, Sam has already taken out the award for Best Comedy Show at the Adelaide Fringe Festival with his brand new offering The Precise History of Things and before the year is out, he will tour this new solo show to the Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and back over to the Edinburgh Fringe.
Joyous on the radio waves, Sam has made Triple J his own. 2008/09 saw him at the helm of the Weekend Breakfast Show as well as weekday Breakfast and Drive Shows and he is now a regular contributor across the station.
Spreading further into the ABC, Sam was also a regular on JTV as a host, creating his own sketches and interviewing the latest bands.
In 2008 Sam filmed an interstitial comedy series for the ABC, The Urban Monkey with Murray Foote, which screened in 2009. In that same year, he made his debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his solo show ‘Problems’, which lead to his return to Edinburgh in 2010 with Fail. Both shows were critically acclaimed with Fail receiving several 5 star reviews.
In 2011 Sam’s first stand-up DVD was released of his hit 2010 show Fail through Madman Entertainment as part of the Warehouse Comedy Festival and a half hour special of this release will be broadcast on ABC TV.
Alongside his comedy, Sam has worked within animal enrichment at the Melbourne Zoo with elephants, seals, reptiles and small native mammals.
Quite simply there is no one else quite like him in the comedy world. Sam is the comic other comedians go to see.
"Sam Simmons’ show is a comedy masterpiece.”
"Welcome to the most absurdly crazy world orbiting the Fringe, featuring some of the most original comic concepts and laugh out loud moments of any Edinburgh show in the past 20 years.”
The Herald, UK
“Simmons is a wide-eyed, frantically energetic stage presence. 'Problems' made me want to leap to my feet and scream "Genius!" in an outrageous French accent.”
Three Weeks, UK
“When held against the rules of comedy super stardom, Simmons is a lawless gent indeed. Through laughter he will seduce you into his dinky, intimate underside… If you’re looking for the best of the truly transgressive fest, Erotic Cat should be on your hit list.”
“It’s a cult in the making.”
Scotland On Sunday
“Here is one of those rare surreal comedians who doesn’t tell jokes and rely on observational humour. He’s just out there, in Sam Simmons land, a place so weird and wonderful he’s just bursting (in a nerdy bespectacled kind of way) to share it with the rest of us… check your sanity at the door and just laugh yourself silly.”
The Adelaide Advertiser