With a comedy career spanning a near decade, in 2002 this South African Indian immigrant found himself beneath the spotlight as a finalist in the Triple J Raw Comedy Competition, cracking up audiences with his tales of growing up a Hindu in the beef capital of Australia.
Following this debut, Desh spent the next two years delighting audiences with his acerbic wit and offbeat observations on being an Indian in Australia, albeit, a beer loving, slow talking, rugby league watching, coastal dwelling, flat footed sports tragic.
In 2004 Desh made his national television debut on the NRL Footyshow and Rove. In 2005 and 2006 he appeared as a featured comedian on The Best of the Footyshow Comedians and Show Us Your Roots DVDs. In 2009 he featured in the production of SBS’s sports trivia program The Squiz.
From theatre performer to opinion shaper, Desh provides an illuminating and hilarious commentary on the issues that shape our world. Whether it is telling your Doctor Dad you want to be a comedian to purchasing shares in Australia’s first environmentally friendly uranium mine, Desh covers more ground than bindies in the summer time.
Dr. Dave Bloustien is a stand-up comedian, improvisor, and published former academic. But he’s probably best known as part of the multi-award-winning writing team on 10’s Good News Week and ABC’s The Glass House. He’s also the founder and co-producer of intellectual, political & nerdcore comedy community Wit Large.
In 2009, Dave received a Moosehead award for The Social Contract, the true story of when he had to prove himself funny in court. Twice.
He’s performed critically successful solo shows at festivals all over Australia, as well as in London and Edinburgh. He’s made people laugh at some of the biggest theatres in the country, sometimes without a script, including Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, Hobart’s Theatre Royal and the Melbourne Town Hall.
Dave has also been heard on JJJ and Radio National, written about in The Monthly, seen on the Comedy Channel and forced to warm up a drunken cocktail crowd at the 2009 Sydney Comedy Festival awards.