Bryan Dawe

Hosts/MC's, Comedy, Business, Creative Entertainment, Media

Bryan is one of Australia’s finest political satirists. He has enjoyed a long, successful career writing and performing on national radio, television, stage and film. Bryan received the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Year’s Honour List for ‘Services to the acting profession’. Best known for his collaboration with John Clarke on ABC television, the Clarke & Dawe segment is now in its 26th year, one of the longest running spots on Australian television.

Bryan was a cast member and writer of the critically acclaimed and highly successful spoof of the Sydney Olympics, the ABC TV series ‘The Games’. He was also a writer on the first two series of ‘Fast Forward’ on Channel 7. His film credits include the Australian hit comedy ‘The Castle’, ‘The Honorable Wally Norman’ and Paul Cox’s ‘Lust and Revenge’.

On stage and national ABC radio for over 20 years, Bryan has been writing and performing two much loved satirical characters: ‘Sir Murray Rivers QC’ and ‘Roly Parks’ with his ‘Letter from Kalangadoo’. Bryan received many awards for both characters, including a New York Radio award.

Another facet of Bryan’s creative talents is his skill for photography, his luminous, avant-garde photography first exhibited in Melbourne in 2005, followed by further critically acclaimed exhibitions in Sydney and Canberra in 2006. His most recent exhibition 'Interval' was shown at Monash Gallery of Art.

Bryan is also a committed social activist and until recently chaired and was co-founder of Common Fate, promoting the work of senior Indigenous Elder, Pat Dodson and other leaders.

An inveterate traveller Bryan has written many travel articles and has conducted tours to Eastern Europe, Syria and Jordan which he has an ongoing love of, and commitment to.

Bryan’s sharp wit and erudite observations, together with his flexibility, unique performances and talks, make him an excellent addition to any corporate event seeking an intelligent Keynote speaker. His talents lend themselves to conference speaker, after dinner entertainer, Master of Ceremonies, facilitator, or hypothetical writer and moderator.

(with an interview with Sir Murray Rivers on screen)

Bryan Dawe - A Satirist’s Journey
From the grim educational pickings of working class Port Adelaide in the 1950’s and 60's, surviving the advice of his alleged ‘career advisory officer’, Bryan escaped from high school at 15 and went on to become one of Australia's finest humorists. His journey has resembled the comment of fellow humorist, the late Spike Milligan, who said of his life 'I have nothing organised, so nothing can go wrong'.

At school, Bryan was told couldn't become a writer, performer or work on radio. His expressed desire to become a Barrister was quickly dismissed by his career advisory officer on the basis that he came from the “wrong background”. Despite this 'advice' Bryan went on to write, direct and perform on radio, stage, film and television for over 35 years. He also eventually became a Barrister - ‘Sir Murray Rivers QC’. Not only did Bryan create a lawyer, to the chagrin of his Career Advisory Officer, he made him a Judge and knighted Sir Murray as well! In late 2012 and early 2013, Bryan was the keynote speaker at the South Australian and the Victorian Bar Association’s dinners. He was given a standing ovation on both occasions.

A Satirist’s Journey is an highly amusing and at times poignant story (and a cautionary tale for those taking advice from a School Advisory Officer) in which we also meet Bryan’s two endearing characters: Roly Parks from Kalangadoo and the outrageous Sir Murray Rivers QC. In a hilarious interview “via satellite from Canberra”, Bryan on stage interviews ‘Sir Murray Rivers’ on screen). ‘His Honour ‘provides a very opinionated update on how the Federal election is going and what the colony might look like under an Abbott Government. It is a clever piece of multi-media illusion that has the audience in stitches.

The Art of Catching Trains
Growing up Bryan Dawe's backyard was the wharves, the Port river and the sight of the soon to be replaced steam locomotives ploughing their final journeys from the docks of Port Adelaide to the city of Adelaide. Born next to a busy rail line, Bryan fell in love with rail travel early and the fascination has never ceased. He has rode on trains across Australia, Western and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Morocco and Iran.

In a fascinating and humorous multi-media presentation, Bryan takes his audience on a story telling journey covering almost 60 years of train travel. Awaking the audience’s love of trains he tantalises them  by suggesting that they forgetting flying when there is a choice of a journey by train, encouraging them to take their time, their wine, a block of smelly cheese and their friends, on a veritable 'train picnic'.

Perfect as an after dinner presentation.


Sir Murray Rivers QC
Sir Murray Rivers QC (retired) is one of Australia's most controversial legal and political figures. He is a former Victorian Supreme Court Judge and an outspoken media commentator, often described unkindly, and he believes unfairly,  as ‘The Graham Richardson of the Liberal Party’.

His forthright speech “'Looking back to the future - Looking forward to the past. Australia under an Abbott Government' is a senior Liberal insider, not only outlining what's in store for the colony after September but what the Labor Party has done (or not done) to bring about its own demise.

This is a hilariously clever, insightful, thirty minutes of political humor and wit which is so politically incorrect it will annoy or satisfy in equal measure. No-one of either political persuasion escapes unscathed. This is political satire the way only Bryan can deliver.

Roly Parks – Letter from Kalangadoo
One of Bryan's most endearing and beloved characters, 'Roly Park's lives in a town called Kalangadoo - a real town in the South East of Australia. Each week Roly writes a letter to his son, Gene, who is gay and lives in London with his partner, Ahmed, a former Moroccan ballet dancer formerly with the Royal Ballet. The letters are about Roly’s life in Kalangadoo and about how Roly views the world as a bright but elderly man living in a small town. The 'Letters' are both ironic and humorous but also deeply touching.

The stories range from his ongoing encounters with his former wife of fifty years, Sonya, to his run-ins with the town gossip Beryl Coates, or with the hilarious attempt to bury the ashes of his best mate ‘Bull’ Devine.

This is Australian story telling at its finest. A thoroughly entertaining forty five minutes by one of Australia’s finest humorists. Dealing with aging, facing your maker and trying to stay afloat in a world that bears no resemblance to the one Roly Parks grew up in. Roly’s not complaining about the changes, he’s just trying - like all of us - to make sense of it. Perfect for an audience not forty any more who enjoy a belly laugh and a bit of comfort in knowing that it's not just them that can't make sense of the world today.


"Bryan was fantastic - a perfect way to end our breakfast function. People were talking about his performance all day!"
Boating Industry Association of Victoria

"A masterful performance... The evening was enjoyed by all, with lots of comments on the skill and humour of Bryan."
Austin Health

"Bryan was certainly the right choice of speaker for our business forum. We have received extremely positive feedback from our attending guests on Sir Murray River’s appearance, rated very highly.  Sir Murray River certainly captured the essence of our event and delivered a very well research performance that hit the spot with our Executives and guests."
Westpac Business Network

"Bryan's performance was top class, Sir Murray Rivers red carded the Mayor! Bryan is a very talented and funny man ! It was a pleasure to have Bryan and Sir Murray at the World Environment Day Dinner and we hope in the future he will come again.”
City of Greater Geelong

"Bryan was more than excellent; he was absolutely brilliant. Our delegates were still talking about his performance the next day and how much they had enjoyed it.”
Credit Union Services Corporation

“Bryan’s Sir Murray Rivers QC act was just as funny as the first time I saw it. He was very well received by the guests at the 2007 CMC Chamber Mayoral Ball in Hervey Bay.”
Civil Mining and Construction

"Bryan was an absolute gentleman and very easy to deal with... and his performance was wonderful. Bryan is an intelligent, friendly and very personable man in his own right, and once in character, as Sir Murray Rivers, he judges his audience and entertains accordingly - I couldn't have asked for a better performer or performance, thanks Bryan, err Sir Murray! "
North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA)