Sam Bowring

Sam Bowring is one of Australia’s favorite comedians who knows no limits when it comes to making people laugh. Homegrown in Sydney as a street comedian, Sam has been in the industry for over 15 years and has come out as a genuinely hilarious laughter monger. Being a veteran of the Australian comedy scene, Sam knows just the right tactics to enthrall the audience completely. Owing to his innate knack for humor and roaring confidence, he has rapidly become one of the most in-demand comedians in Australia.

Sam began his comedy career when he was just 16 from the renowned Harold Park Hotel in 1996 and got his first paid work there at the age of 17. Since then, he has performed at almost all major events and venues in Australia, bagging numerous nominations throughout his journey. The fact that Sam has never actually won an award means that he has something to drive him to work harder and further polish himself. He is also widely recognized as a writer. His first book, ‘Sir Joshua and the Unprofessional Dragon’ was published in 1999, when Sam was only 19 years old. Named after their family cat, this stand-up comedian is definitely here for the long haul.


Sam is arguably recognized as one of the best observational comics in Australia. He takes inspiration from uplifts and hassles of daily life which makes his humor relatable and hilarious. Sam also finds humor in exploiting people’s fear of pests, particularly bees and spiders. The fact that Sam is a highly renowned author means that his comedy and punch-lines are immaculately scripted and crafted by himself. The dB Magazine believes that Sam is‘ingenious’ whereas the Groggy Squirrel says he is ‘a really accessible comic, but clever enough to be universally appealing’.

Sam offers his take on social roles like fathers and children which are equally thought provoking and uproarious. Most of his humor is generated from domestic issues and everyday experiences. He chooses a concept and works at it from every angle until it literally begs for mercy! Sam is dangerously witty and extremely quaint which has enabled him to gather a legion of fans from all over the world.


Although Sam has never won an award, he has received nominations and recognitions all over the world. He was the runner-up at the Raw Comedy National Final and was nominated for the prestigious ‘Best Emerging Comic’ award at the Adelaide Fringe. At the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sam was nominated for the ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Piece of Wood’ awards. He has performed live stand-up at numerous venues in Australia.

Some of his prominent performances include ‘The Wishes of Children’ (2006) at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and ‘Small Animals I Have Known’ (2007) at the Cracker Sydney Comedy Festival. In 2003, Sam set up ‘A Mic in Hand’ which is considered one of the best comedy rooms in Australia to date. Sam’s credits as an author include ‘Sam the Cat’, ‘Destiny’s Rift’, ‘The Zoo of Magical and Mythological Creatures’ and the critically acclaimed ‘Broken Well Trilogy’ amongst several others widely published books. Apart from books, Sam has also written TV scripts and plays.