Paul McDermott

Comedy, Media, Hosts/MC's

Paul McDermott has remained at the forefront of the Australian entertainment industry since the Doug Anthony All Stars stormed to national and international success in the late 1980s. Most recently he fronted the return of the iconic Good News Week program on Network Ten, which proved to be a huge hit, grabbing around a million viewers a week and topping the list in younger demographics. He has now returned to the live stage, and tours the festival circuit in an all-star band with songs and stories from his career.

Paul’s career so far encompasses writing and presenting national radio programs on Triple J, writing and presenting television programs including “The Big Gig” (ABCTV), “DAAS Kapital” (ABCTV), “Good News Week” (ABCTV & Ten Network), as well as ABCTV’s “Side Show”. He also continues to perform sell-out festival seasons across Australia and overseas to both public and critical acclaim.

Paul has also in recent years distinguished himself in the arena of film; two animated short films (“The Scree” and “The Girl Who Swallowed Bees”) which he wrote, directed and performed in, were both invited to the prestigious Berlin Film Festival and won FlickerFest and AFI awards.

For more than two decades, this immensely popular entertainer and artist has proven to be one of the most versatile in Australian history.

Paul has also proved to be a sensational host of major televised events such as the ARIAs and The Great Debates as well as Montreal's Just For Laughs.

A broad range of corporate clients have utilised Paul’s talents in a variety of roles and he has built a hilarious and appropriate set of corporate entertainment options. In addition to his well known musical and general hosting roles, Paul has also undertaken with great success corporate debating - as both panelist and moderator.

Paul McDermott is without doubt one of the most successful and popular performing artists Australia has ever produced. His undisputed talents as an event host, comedian, debate participant or moderator and musical performer make him a unique and valuable component of any corporate event or function.


“Paul was extremely professional and highly entertaining. He tailored his act to suit the guests and our client and had everyone in the room in stitches of laughter.”
Kelly Barriball-PINQUE PR & Events

“Paul McDermott was invited to host a gala dinner to celebrate GlaxoSmithKline’s contribution to Comic Relief. Paul’s performance on the night was exceptional, he was very well researched on GSK and our people, providing a truly unique and tailored performance that was greatly appreciated. We didn’t just get Paul McDermott, we got Paul McDermott doing GSK – we were thrilled.”
Dr. Lisa Bonadonna – Vice President – GlaxoSmithKline Australia

“He really was a pleasure to work with, having someone who was as organised as Paul there on the night was a godsend. His professionalism really shone through and he greatly contributed to the success of the evening.”
Jordan Millar – President – Australia Society, Tokyo

“The evening was a fantastic success, enhanced by your capability as MC in difficult circumstances.”
Elizabeth Crundell – Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation

“Paul was sensational, a professional and a genuinely talented man.”
Katie Stelmach – BBC Entertainment

“A fantastic show, kept the hard to please crowd entertained and laughing, a true showman!”
Toni Kelly – Melbourne Advertising Club

“The evening was a fantastic success, enhanced by your capability as MC in difficult circumstances.”
Elizabeth Crundell – Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation

“I Just wanted to say how fabulous Paul was as Host of our awards function, tell him thanks from all of us!”
Claire Issacs – New Woman Magazine

“Your talk was so well orchestrated, it was pitched at just the right level and your timing was perfect, it was an outstanding success.”
Liz Gibson – Art Gallery NSW