4 October 2018
Beginning his career in Perth in 1999 as a national finalist in Raw Comedy competition, Gavin moved to Melbourne in 2000 and cut his comedy teeth performing at iconic comedy rooms alongside Australia’s top comedians.
He has written, produced and performed in ten Melbourne International Comedy Festivals and has been a featured performer in five Hobart Comedy Festivals.
Gavin has also appeared on Channel 10’s 7PM Project and The Comedy Channel’s Stand-Up Australia, has performed around Australia and overseas, featured in a number of TV commercials and has been a regular guest on ABC radio and 7HOFM in Hobart. He has supported international comedians including Tommy Tiernan, Jeff Green and ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic and is a regular headline comedian on the Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend cruise ships.
In 2005 Gavin was a recipient of the Brian McCarthy Memorial Moosehead Award for his show As Seen on TV.
Gavin is an experienced MC, support act and feature performer. He has been described as ‘laconic and likeable’ and he will ‘make you laugh twice as hard as you thought possible’.
“Well polished. Had the room belly laughing.”
“His material is funny. His delivery is funny. And his face is funny.”
Australian writer, poet, playwright, political philosopher, rapper and comedian James Donald Forbes McCann has been published in a variety of publications as broad as The Spectator, News.com.au, Junkee, Quadrant, Splitsider, Pedestrian.tv, The Adelaide Review, Rip It Up, Huffington Pos and VICE… as well as less salubrious journals such as ZOO Magazine and The Australian.
As a playwright, James’ most acclaimed works to date are his hit comedy musicals The Sound of Nazis and Wolf Creek: The Musical. If it’s not clear from the titles, these were parodies of the blockbuster movies- and quickly gathered cult followings, critical acclaim, comparisons to Mel Brooks and Monty Python and a ‘Best Emerging Comedy’ award for Wolf Creek: The Musical at the Adelaide Fringe. But perhaps the crowning achievement of that show was the attendance of Greg McLean, director of Wolf Creek (the movie), who heralded James’ masterpiece as “hilarious and genuinely entertaining… the feel good torture porn show everyone will love.”