Get your giggle on at Panthers comedy night!
You’ll lol at Giggles – Panthers Comedy Night, now held in Squires Terrace Bar, on the last Thursday of every month. We bring you the hottest comedians in Australia to Penrith, for one night only. We showcase a different line-up every month. They say laughter is good for the soul. And it’s true, laughter has been proven to decrease stress hormones and release endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. So sit back, grab yourself a drink and laugh yourself silly at Giggles – Panthers Comedy Club. We look forward to seeing you in fits of laughter soon.
David Eastgate, Joel Ozborn – MC & Peter Meisel
Date: Thursday 25 October
Over 18 Years | Squires Terrace Bar
David Eastgate – Headliner
Dave Eastgate is an actor, stand-up comedian, writer and musician who lives in Sydney, Australia and is one of the stars of Channel 9’s brand new drama series, Doctor Doctor, airing in late 2016.
In 2015, Dave starred alongside his comedy idols, Glenn Robbins, Magda Szubanski, Gina Riley & Jane Turner in the Comedy Channel’s flag ship, sketch comedy series, Open Slather. The series ran for 20 episodes and featured Dave in sketches alongside, UFC Champ Ronda Rousey & Grammy Award Winner, Sting.
Other credits include the multi-award winning ABC comedy series, A Moody Xmas & it’s sequel, The Moody’s, as well as Maximum Choppage, Soul Mates, Ronnie Cheing: International Student and Channel 9’s smash hit comedy Here Come The Habibs.
Stand-up comedy remains Dave’s staple as he tours extensively around Australia and internationally in NZ, UK, US, Singapore and even in the Middle East for the Australian Defence Force. In 2012 Dave shared the stage with Academy Award Winner, Robin Williams during his Australian tour and considers it a career highlight. Other highlights include playing sold out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 & 2012 & performing at the UK’s biggest heavy metal festival Download in 2012. In addition to this Dave has supported touring international comics such as Arj Barker, Rich Fulcher, Jim Jefferies, Jeff Ross and Ross Noble. Dave has appeared as a stand-up comedian on Channel 9’s Mornings, SBS’s The Full Brazilian, Channel 10’s Thursday Night Live and the Comedy Channel’s Stand Up Australia and Just For Laughs at The Sydney Opera House.
Dave has truly cemented himself as one of the best live comedy acts in the country. It’s this reputation that landed him gigs as the audience warm-up for Big Brother, Australian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Australia’s Got Talent, The X-Factor & The Voice. His corporate clients now include Westpac, NAB, McDonald’s, P&O, Jim Beam Global, Microsoft Australia, Virgin Mobile (UK), Irun Bru (UK), Blundstones, ALH Group and The Gold Coast Titans Rugby League Club.
Outside of comedy and acting however is Dave’s passion for rock n’ roll. In 2013, his band, Dave Eastgate & Boner Contention, were the house band for the ABC sketch comedy show, Wednesday Night Fever, performing the opening and closing titles, stings and original numbers written by Dave, himself. For the past two years they have held a weekly residency at Australia’s premiere rock venue, Frankie’s Pizza by The Slice, where they host LIVE Hard Rockin Karaoke, a night when regular punters can sing their favourite rock tunes, with arguably, the hardest band in Australia!
A penchant for performing began as a child growing up in Papua New Guinea where his father was stationed as a diplomatic attaché with the Australian Defence Force. The family moved to the Gold Coast when Dave was a teenager and the self confessed “black sheep” began his professional career performing characters, stunts and music in the Queensland resort town’s famous theme parks, theatre restaurants and comedy clubs from the age of 16.
In 2001 at the age of 21 Dave headed to Osaka to work as a street/stunt performer at Universal Studios Japan. Immersed in the language and the culture of Japan, Dave spent 5 years performing his own characters, stunts and music. During this time Dave also toured the country as a singer/guitarist with a Japanese punk band, performed Japanese stand-up comedy and made several television and radio appearances… IN FLUENT JAPANESE!!!
A short stint backpacking and performing open-mics in NY, LA, Toronto and the UK followed before Dave would return to Oz in 2006 determined to “work his ass off” touring stand-up clubs and pubs around Australia, audition for anything he could get and form the greatest band on earth. In the ten years since, that decision has truly paid off.
“…a genius to his timing – a talent not to be underestimated.” ★★★★ Three Weeks UK
“…unleashes musical thunder with a laughter-packed set of songs.” ★★★★ Metro UK
“F***ing Beautiful, man!” Academy Award Winner Robin Williams
Joel Ozborn – MC
One night when Joel was just a young teenager, his father took him to see American comedian/magician, The Amazing Johnathan. Before Jonathan took to the stage however, Joel witnessed another comedian called Peter (who in later years would change his name back to Akmal.) By the end of that fateful evening, Joel knew he would become a comedian himself, and over the next few years he went to as many comedy shows as he could. Although he was often thrown out of venues such as the Sydney Comedy Store for being underage, the comedians he’d befriended, such as Peter, would sneak him back in through the side entrance.
“He’s disarming; he’s accessible without being common;
articulate and clever without being smug… bloody funny.”
Joel‘s first opportunity at stand up comedy came in the form of his high school public speaking competition. Rather than delivering a conventional speech on politics or the environment, he chose to turn his speech into a stand up routine about the anxiety of Wombat’s, which left both students and teachers in stitches, and Joel with the Public Speaking Award. Joel then began honing his craft on the street at Sydney’s Circular Quay, creating his own style of street comedy, which led to him winning the “Street Performer Of The Year” award presented by the Sydney Opera House, live on 2DayFM.
“I fell a little bit in love with Joel Ozborn. This tall, nonchalant Eric Bana look-a-like was perfect… went down a treat in a packed house. People were rocking backwards and forwards, holding in their stomachs and letting out shouts of laughter.”
Not too long after leaving school Joel got a call from The Amazing Johnathan who offered him to move to America and tour around the country with him. Joel jumped at the opportunity, and also further developed his street performing in Los Angeles on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Unlike Sydney’s Circular Quay with its families and tourists, Venice Beach was a hub of tattooed covered, python wearing, bodybuilding, bohemians, who needless to say were used to the bizarre. Joel then created more attention grabbing street comedy that included having a slingshot fired at his face and squeezing his body through a tennis racquet. After having spent the next few years traveling across America, taking in the best and worst that America had to offer, Joel finally got his opportunity to open for The Amazing Johnathan in front of a packed Las Vegas showroom. It was this experience that cemented Joel’s path with his direction of a life in comedy.
“His flair for improvisation left the crowd in stitches…”
Upon returning to Australia, Joel became a regular in comedy clubs across the nation where he continued to develop his stand up. Before to long, Joel ran into his old friend Peter, who had changed his name back to Akmal as he now had no trouble getting booked in RSL clubs, and he asked Joel to join him on his first national theatre tour. One of those gigs with Akmal included the Sydney Opera House, where Joel found himself performing only metres away from where he’d street performed years before, however this time he was in the House. When he wasn’t on tour, Joel continued to perform in clubs around Sydney where he met American comedian Arj Barker. It was Arj’s first national theatre tour that he asked Joel to join him on, and over the following years Joel would spend most of his time sharing the stage with his comedian friends on countless tours.
“Joel Ozborn’s physical style of comedy was excellent.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES
Since then Joel has gone on to perform regularly at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Adelaide Fringe Festival, The Sydney Comedy Festival, The Brisbane Comedy Festival and has taken his comedy around the world from South East Asia to Las Vegas. Although he still enjoys hitting the road with his comedian friends from time to time, these days you can catch Joel at one of the many comedy festivals, headlining comedy clubs or in his own solo theatre show …
“Joel’s style of comedy is in a category not occupied by any other comedian; an actor -talented, physical and unique; the spontaneous standing ovation said it all! Remember his name people; he’s going to be BIG! … Outstanding!!!”
RIP IT UP
Peter Meisel – Feature
Peter Meisel is a New York City expatriate who has been living in Sydney for over 30 years. He moved to Australia to become a teacher but when he found all of his students laughing at him he started stand-up comedy.
It been nearly 20 years now and Peter has performed on television, film, comedy clubs as well as his bedroom. And depending on whom you ask, he has made millions of people chuckle, guffaw, and chortle at him or with him.
He has headlined and emceed at the legendary Harold Park Hotel, Sydney’s Original Comedy Store, Comedy on Edge, Comedy Corner, the Comedy Cellar, the Basement, the Hakoah Club, the Manly Boat Shed, the Harbourside Brassiere, the Oatley Pub, the Novotel in Wollongong, the Crown Hotel in Terrigal, and SJ’s and Raymond Terrace in Newcastle and Sydney’s Comedy Cruise.
In 2011 and 2012, Peter performed at the New York Comedy Club. He has also teased and pleased audiences at many corporate functions.
Indicative of how well-regarded Peter is the comedy profession, he has performed as the Opening Act for:
Robin Williams (U.S.A), Carl Barron, Akmal Saleh, Will Anderson, Peter Berner, Tahir (Habib from ‘Fat Pizza’) Bilgic, Emmy Winner, Rich Hall (U.S.A.), Arj Barker (U.S.A.), the Umbilical Brothers, Vince Sorrenti, Elliot Goblet, Austen Tayshus and George Smilovich.
“…I thought putting in Peter Meisel as a last minute substitute wouldn’t work, because he was here 2 weeks ago, and 2 weeks before that…but he smoked it…there was so much laughing that I actually laughed, even though I knew the punchlines” – Sidney Critic’s Blog
“…the comics were great, Peter Meisel having my partner in tears” – John Knowles, Drum Media
“I have seen Peter Meisel … quite simply soar.” – Demetrius Romeo, Revolver
“Meisel is running hot, plying them with his self-effacing style.” – Underworld Magazine
“Thanks Peter you are a wonderfully talented comedian with a great future. You have an incredible ability to make people laugh. A rare and precious gift. Thank you for a wonderful and successful season.” – Will Scarlet, Producer, Writer & Director of the musical, The Great Pretenders.
“The brilliant comedian, Peter Meisel, warmed the crowd.” – Sasparella, 3 D World
“Peter is hysterically funny. If only he’d clean up his room.” – Elsa Meisel, Peter’s Mo