Celebrities line up with Australia's Theatresports®
legends 31st May,
Among this cast of the best of the best, are the
talented performers, producers and directors of the majority of successful
ground breaking improvisational shows in this country.
Watch this space for who is taking up the challenge
The 2003 cast includes
Adam Spencer (JJJ, ABC), Gabby Millgate
(Full Frontal, Celebrity Big Brother, Muriel's Wedding), Angus
Sampson (Greeks On The Roof, Recovery, Triple RRR Melbourne Breakfast
Crew), Benita Collings (ABC TV), Rebecca Le Tourneau
(Mum's the Word), Libbi Gorr (Radio National, writer/performer),
Captain FeatherSword (the Wiggles), David Callan (Going
Home, Twentyfourseven), Rebecca DeUnamuno and Andrew O'Keefe
(both seen on Big Bite and Current World Champion Improvisers), Liz
Ellis (World Champion Netballer, JJJ presenter), Reece Muldoon
(Secret Life of Us, Playschool) Amelia Farrugia (Opera Celebrity),
David McCormack (Custard), Jason Roberts (Celebrity
Chef) and MANY MORE!
Ben Tari (All Saints), Lyn Pierse (author
Theatresports Downunder) and Toni Pearen (Funniest Home Videos)
are our three celebrity judges. Celebrity performers are joined by
some of Sydney's favourite Theatresports® stars.
They include the Australian "Kings" of Impro,
Michael Gregory, Ewan Campbell and Marko Mustac
all multi award winners of the Cranston Cup and International tournaments;
Monique Dykstra (member of the first women's team to win the
Cranston Cup), Geoff Sirmai (Kosher Theatresports® champion,
The Confident Consumer), members of the winning 2002 Cranston Cup
team, Gutter Trash: Nikki Parry, Tom Dunstan and Steve Walsh;
as well as Nigel Sutton, John Knowles (Improzac) and
A Theatresports champion and former intelligence officer
with links to international espionage, who was once described by the
Director of the FBI Hostage Negotiation Unit as "The man most
likely to bring Western Civilization to its knees... and not return
its phone calls in the morning". David's varied career as an
entertainer has seen him appear at the major comedy festivals in Australia,
tour the US and South East Asia, turn Bondi Beach into the best venue
at the Sydney Olympics as the host and resident raconteur of the Olympic
Beach Volleyball, and appearances on Good News Week for Ten, and Backberner
and the Election Chaser for the ABC. In 2000 and 2001, David starred
as Noel in the groundbreaking improvised drama Going Home and in 2002
as the beleaguered magazine editor Robert Fraser in Twentyfourseven,
both for SBS. David is currently working on his one-man show I
Spied: The True Confessions of an ASIO Officer, to be performed
in June at the Old Fitzroy Hotel, Woolloomooloo.
Grant Davies has been working in the entertainment
industry for the past ten years. With his background as a dancer,
singer, actor and M.C, Grant made a natural progression into the world
of comedy in 1997. Bursting on to the Theatresports scene, Grant won
the 1997 "rookie of the year" award and in 1998 was invited
to Host Theatresports' "Night of Nights" Cranston Cup Grand
Final at the Enmore Theatre with a capacity crowd of 1500 people.
Grant is in demand throughout Australia and Europe constantly performing
and writing comedy for TV, corporate clients and in theatre. Grant
is Artistic Director of Explosive Minds!
A corporate improvising comedy trio, and is the creator of a new television
Rebecca began performing with the Sydney University
Dramatic Society whilst completing a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor
of Teaching (Drama/English). On radio Rebecca has been the voice-over
artist for the Triple J Breakfast Show and for The Triple M Chaser.
She has also been a co-host of The Late Night Chaser (Triple M Sydney).
Her television credits include audience warm-up for The 10:30 Slot
(ABC TV), appearances on The Morning Shift (Channel 7), The Election
Chaser (ABC TV), The Glasshouse (ABC TV) and Strongbow Think Fresh
Impro (thecomedychannel). Film roles include a role in the feature
film Dags and roles in Muffled Love (2001 Tropfest finalist) and Tragic
Love (2nd place 2002 Tropfest). Rebecca has many stage credits including
as writer/performer for Larfapalooza (Sydney Comedy Festival, Melbourne
Fringe Festival), Impro @ the store (Sydney Comedy Store), 3 Radicals
(2001 Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Cops on Heat (2002 Melbourne Comedy
Festival), Text in the City (Dublin Improv/London Comedy Store Players,
2002 Edinburgh Festival), Crash Boom Bang Theory (2002 Adelaide Fringe
Festival, 2002 Edinburgh Festival). Rebecca began playing Theatresports
in 1996 and has performed regularly at Belvoir St Theatre and the
Enmore Theatre. She is a two-time Cranston Cup Champion and is a Theatresports
teacher and corporate performer and trainer. Most recently Rebecca
was a member of the winning World Improv Championship team (2001 Just
For Laughs Festival, Montreal) and was named Player of the Tournament.
Rebecca is currently starring in Channel 7's sketch comedy show Big
Rebecca Le Tourneau
Tom was raised by wolfs or in a barn, depending on
which parent you ask. He was unable to hold down a job till he was
15 due to not being able to "reach stuff"... and that legal
thing. Tom started his eclectic career in Queensland. However unable
to get any work as an eclectic he turned to improvised comedy. Partly
due to the glamour and the women, but mostly due to the fact that
he is too lazy to learn lines... or... to read. Due to his penchant
for only playing with midgets he quickly became know as one of the
Giants of Impro as "That funny guy who looks like Bill Oddie".
In 2002 Tom won the Cranston Cup but then sold it to pay off a particularly
large computer solitaire debt. Tom can currently be seen at the Wednesday
night show Scared Scriptless at the Maquarie Hotel which he
directs and performs, in the hope of finding more midgets.
Monique began her improvising career at Belvoir St
Theatre, the home of Sydney Theatresports and has been a company member
for many years. Monique is a Cranston Cup champion and holds many
other Theatresports championship titles. She is a Theatresports teacher,
corporate performer and trainer. Monique has been the Timekeeper in
the most recent of Enmore Theatre shows including the Celebrity Challenge
2002 and the Cranston Cup Grand Final 2002 and several others before
that. She has performed in a host of improvised shows including at
the Comedy Store in Syendy. She has worked as assistant director and
producer of Theatresports shows and seasons at the Belvoir St and
Monique stduied improvising and Theatresports with
Keith Johnstone and Loose Moose Theatre in Canada and has performed
with companies in Canada and the United States. She has also studied
and performed with Shakespeare and Company in the United States. Monique
is currently a director of and performer with Open Stage Productions,
producing Theatresports in Schools shows and performances at the Art
Gallery of NSW.
Michael Gregory is an actor, improviser, writer, teacher
and director, and works extensively as a corporate trainer, role-player
and performer. His TV work includes The 50-Foot Show, Million Dollar
Chance of A Lifetime, Candid Camera, Kideo, The Money Or The Gun,
Denton, Just Kidding, The Midday Show, Roy & HG, Home and Away,
the award-winning Topic of Cancer and Enough Rope with Andrew Denton.
Michael appears as an improviser in the Think Fresh Improv Challenge
currently screening on the Comedy Channel. Michael has worked with
the TheatreSports Company for fourteen years, including two years
as Artistic Director. He is a TheatreSports state champion, and has
also won trophies at international improvisation festivals in Australia
and overseas. Michael has performed in, and co-written and directed,
numerous improvised comedy shows, including Hamlet Improvised, The
Unspeakable Mockbeth, Completely Lost In Space, Bonds Have More Fun,
Improzac and Impro Bzerko for the Sydney Comedy Festival. He directed
the critically acclaimed Glitz Dies for the Newtown Festival and the
Celebrity TheatreSports Challenge at The Enmore Theatre. Michael devised
and directed This Is Your Laugh - a cross between This Is Your Life
and Whose Line Is It Anyway? - at the Belvoir St Theatre. Michael
is an accredited TheatreSports trainer, and has taught improvisation
& drama for TheatreSports Inc., Impro Australia Inc., NIDA, Open
Stage Productions, Sydney Uni, NSW Uni, Macquarie Uni, and at NSW
State drama camps. Michael teaches improvisation at the Australian
Academy of Dramatic Art (AADA).
John Knowles has just returned from the successful
premiere season of his solo show 'John Knowles Is Saddle Sore' at
the 2003 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, for which he was
awarded the prestigious Moosehead Comedy Award. John has performed
in, produced and or directed live comedy shows including, OH BROTHER!,
Gods Cowboys, IMPROZAC, The Funny Side of Sex & Crime, Theatresports®
Comedy Improlympiad, OfficeJerks at Darlinghurst Theatre and Cops
On Heat - the improvised TV Police Show parody and hit of the 2002
Melbourne Comedy Festival. His comedy TV performances include, The
Footy Show, Today Tonight, The Midday Show, and John The Pool Guy
on Channel 10's Bright Ideas. He is currently scouting for a television
opportunity to feature his dynamic duo, "The Guys With Camera
On Their Heads" an investigative superhero act he created
with comedian Steve Walsh. John has been described as a cross between
Don Knotts, Don Adams and Don Rickles.
Gabby Millgate is known for not being herself. She
is known as that girl who said "you're terrible Muriel",
that skater boy who said "In the House" on Celebrity Big
Brother and that nun who said "I'm not wearing any underpants"
at the Logies. Gabby Millgate's TV Comedy Credits include Totally
Full Frontal, McFeast Live and Good News Week. She recently had a
guest role on McLeods Daughters.
Marko Mustac is an improviser, writer, actor and director
who has performed and written for the stage and television. Since
1985, he has performed in improvised theatre shows in Australia, New
Zealand, the United States and most recently the UK and Germany. He
was Artistic Director and Producer of Theatresports Inc. for four
years and has either performed in, devised, directed or produced literally
scores of improvised stage shows around Australia.
Nicola trained and tutored at the London Academy of
Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), was Associate Director at London's
premier new-writing theatre- the Bush Theatre London, and is currently
the General Manager of Actors Centre Australia. She has appeared in
numerous Theatresports® seasons at Belvoir street and Enmore Theatres,
including Rumble II, A Regular One Night Stand, Celebrity Theatresports
Challenge, Cranston Cup and King of the Hill. Nicola currently appears
in the Think Fresh Improv Challenge screening on the
Comedy Channel, and was a member of the team 'Gutter Trash', who won
the 2002 Cranston Cup. Nicola also performs improvised comedy regularly
with 'Explosive Minds'.
Bursting onto the Theatresports scene in 1995, Lisa
soon became a star of the improvised comedy show 'Improzac'. Lisa
made the transition into stand-up comedy in 1997, was a finalist in
the prestigious 1997 'Comic of the Year' competition run by the Comedy
Hotel, Harold Park, and has performed in venues in Sydney and Newcastle.
In 1999, Lisa teamed up with two fellow improvisers to form 'Explosive
Minds!' Pty Ltd, an improvised comedy trio who perform exclusively
for the corporate market, conducting training sessions in spontaneity
and teamwork, and generally entertaining clients such as AMP, Eli
Lilly, Johnson & Johnson and Deutsche Bank.
Half-watchdog, half-wit, Geoff is well known as both
performer and consumer commentator. Singing satirist and front-man
Geoff has roasted, toasted and musically mauled some of the biggest
names in corporate and public life. Other stage credits include drama,
opera and musical comedy leads in productions from Belvoir to the
Seymour Centre, Sydney Opera House, Ensemble and Bondi Pavilion. Geoff
also does regular star turns in comedy debates and appears regularly
with the Renaissance Players, Australia's oldest and most famous early
music group. As producer/promoter, he's also been one of the driving
forces behind many recent Theatresports hits including Celebrity Challenge,
Suburb of Origin, The Cranston Cup (2001), Corporate Theatresports
(2000 & 2001) and the annual Jewish comedy spin-off Kosher Theatresports.
With his 'watchdog' hat on, Geoff is the veteran of thousands of TV
and radio appearances as reporter, consumer advocate and presenter.
He's the author of the best-selling consumer rights 'bible' The
Confident Consumer and his long running nationally syndicated
"Your Rights" column currently appears in Women's
Oooh she's a cheeky lass our Libbi Gorr. Whether Popping
up on the telly with The IF awards and What Women Want, hosting the
Night Club on Radio National, creating magic with her one woman fractured
fairy tale Dirty Sweet Cherry On Top or reinventing as a movie star
like own Sandra Bullock after a damn good feed, is there anything
Libbi Gorr can't do?
Possibly Theatre Sports. That'll be a cack.
Best known to the Australian public as her character
Sergeant Tess Gallagher on the police television drama, Blue Heelers.
A NIDA graduate in 1999, Caroline has become the sexy sweetheart cop
on the local police drama, filling the gap left by Lisa McCune's departure.
Caroline used to sing in an all girl band called 'Vinyl Discharge',
has performed in many stage musicals and can be heard on the
'Move Raga Dolls' CD, Wordless Meanings, singing a cabaret version
of Schubert's Du Bist die Ruh.
Mornings DJ Nova 969, Arena Tv Presenter, Feature
writer Daily Telegraph. The sexy-voiced outspoken and uninhibited
morning presenter at Nova 969 has her finger in plenty of pies. Six
years at the station and winner of the AWARD for being Australia's
best music personality, Bianca holds her own in TV's relationship
version of parliament question time 'BEAUTY and THE BEAST' as a regular
panelist. She's also a feature writer for the Daily telegraph, had
a stint presenting the weather on Channel 10 and done lots of commercials
and admits that trying her hand at Theatresports has long been an
ambition of hers.
Nigel's career as an actor and writer has taken him
all over the world working in Corporate Entertainment, Television,
Film and Stage. His comedic talents are well known in Sydney from
his involvement with Thearesports and his character the 'Reverend'
from the long running smash hit comedy IMPROZAC. He has appeared
in "THE PITCH", Comedy Hotel Sydney, FCFTV 1999 Sydney Comedy
Festival, WHO KILLED SANTA, Comedy Hotel Sydney, IMPRO@THE STORE,
The Comedy Store,
Fox Studios, was co host of Foxtel's SCI FILES on TV1 and appeared
in the hit feature film 'THE MAN WHO SUED GOD'. Nigel is a member
of the International Museum Theatre Alliance and Performs regularly
at Sydney's Power House
Museum entertaining family's as "Hans the Storyteller".
This is Nigel's fourth Celebrity Challenge.
Ameila has established a reputation as one of the
young stars of Opera Australia. With her great versatility , brilliant
coloratura singing and magnetic stage presence, she shines in opera,
operetta and musical theatre. She has just returned from the Melbourne
season of the Opera Australia's "Orpheus in the Underworld"
in which she sang the lead role of Eurydice, where she was described
as "warmly sexy" and "simply delicious".
BUT WAIT!!! MORE CELEBRITY CAST TO BE REVEALED!!!!