A comedian with a track record of over 12 years, as writer, broadcaster and stand-up comedian, Simon Kennedy is one of the most renowned corporate entertainers in Australia today. Simon is well-known on The Show With No Name which he hosted for five years, and he has also made a name for his performances on Nova 96.9 FM’s Kennedy & Philp. This is what bears testimony to the highly versatile, intelligent, insightful and extremely talented stand-up comedian called Simon Kennedy.
Simon lost his mother to the 9/11 attacks – she was onboard Flight 77 which crashed into the Pentagon in 2001. This was a major factor that changed his life and shaped his comedy career, for example, since then he developed a hatred of racism, so all his acts are of a very broad-minded nature.
Simon Kennedy launched his first major comedy gig in 2001 with his own show Fishing for Cigars at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival show. He just managed to break even, but this encouraged him to push on ahead.
The next year was successful for Simon, with the Angina Monologues, at the Old Fitzroy Hotel Theatre which he also performed at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2002. In 2003, Simon launched his very own show entitled The Show With No Name also at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, which ran continuously for 5 years at various venues. The highlight of 2005-2007 was Simon Kennedy Stands Up! which featured at the Powerhouse Theatre in Brisbane.
Simon Kennedy has also been very active in terms of TV appearances on Stand Up Australia, the Joker Poker Series 1 & 2 on Channel 10, and the Today Show on Channel 9. He was also prominent in Harry’s Practice and Home & Away on Channel 7, and was a popular fixture in ONE HD’s Thursday Night Live. Simon also appeared in several television commercials in the UK and Australia and had the distinction of being a finalist in NBC Network’s Last Comic Standing. Today, Simon is in the process of developing a few indigenous TV projects of his own.
As a multi-talented personality, Simon Kennedy’s talents do not end in just standing on a stage and spouting out one-liners. He is a skilled voice artist as well, and did the voiceover of all the voices in a few award-winning short films, Atonement Tonight, (a parody of the Iraq War), Barney and The Whitehouse.
Among his other various talents, Simon Kennedy is also a prolific writer, having the distinction of being the chief creative writer for the Nova Radio Network, where he worked for seven years.
Simon Kennedy also has a few awards under his belt, including the award for the Best Comedy Segment presented by the Commercial Radio Industry Awards and The Best Radio Production award in 2004,
Simon Kennedy is also available as a master of ceremonies for corporate events and private parties, where he is a popular feature, and much sought-after.
The overall experience of watching Simon Kennedy perform is good, and one can really look forward to an event featuring this talented comedian, writer and actor.
For 5 years Simon hosted “The Show With No Name” with comedian Steve Philp, as well as “Kennedy & Philp” on Nova 96.9FM. Simon’s Radio, Television and Corporate experience is extensive. Contact us for a full bio and testimonial list.
‘A World Class Comedian’ – Concrete Playground.
“Simon was the perfect person for comedic relief after a long day at our Sales Conference. He captured theaudience’s attention immediately and had everyone in stitches to the point where one of our Account Managers went purple!!! He did “Respectfully Rude” perfectly, and didn’t resort to making fun of people which was nice. I appreciated his efforts in taking the time to find out about the event, the audience, and also if there was any issues which he needed to avoid. I would recommend him for any event – small, big or large! Thanks so much Simon for a brilliant evening.”
Simon was very professional and a real gentleman. Please pass on our thanks for a job well done.
Kind regards, Trev
“We had a great night and Simon was great, and carried off the Awards Presentation Hosting in an amusing but very professional manner. Simon also interacted well with attendees at the event and we received good feed-back during the evening. Thank you again for organising.”
Kind Regards, Kate
“Simon Kennedy recently emceed Northern Beaches Mental Health Focus on Recovery Forum/EXPO at which we had over 300 people. He was amazing and very professional a great emcee and comedian, it was obvious he has years of experience. Due to a late start because attendees and stall holders arrived late we had to make many last minute changes to the program. Simon took it all in his stride, very quick on his feet and he even calmed me down when things weren’t going to plan. He was funny but also respectful to mental health and community issues I would definitely utilise his expertise again.” Thank you Simon
– Northern Beaches Mental Health Service
“We were exceptionally happy with Simon’s performance, professionalism & humour he bought to our event.
The night was a success with lots of positive comment. On a personal note as someone who put a lot of work into organising the event I very much appreciated Simon’s skills as an emcee & comedian but most of all a really nice guy. I would not hesitate recommending Simon to emcee any event and hope to have the opportunity to work with him again in the future.
Thank you also to your team for recommending and booking Simon for our event”
“The whole experience was fantastic from the initial phone call with Mark to our fun filled half hour with Simon. Simon was fantastic and hit the mark with everyone – a true professional. Thanks again for making the experience so easy and enjoyable”.
“The event was great and so was Simon’s performance. He was received extremely well especially the international accents he did.
– Delta Laboratories Pty Ltd
“We recently had Simon Kennedy Emcee our Awards Gala Dinner. Not only did he have the whole room laughing, Simon tied the whole evening together. He was able to engage the audience and really bring everyone together. Simon’s transition from comedian to emcee was seamless. I would also like to thank Simon for going above and beyond his call of duty by liaising with F&B when I was running late due to a delay with the printer. I was very impressed with his professionalism, it is obvious he has years and years of experience. I received a lot of positive feedback from delegates the following day, it really couldn’t have gone any better. We will definitely be using Simon Kennedy again, thank you! Ashleigh Ayers,”
“The event was great, Simon was very professional and a good fit with the crowd.
Warm Regards, Amorita Kluyts”
“Simon Kennedy was fantastic! Professional, a true gentleman and most importantly very funny! Our staff thought he was great. We would definitely use him again. Many thanks” Regards,
– Executive Coordinator
“Just letting you know that Simon did an outstanding job and everyone was very impressed with his comedy and MC duties. He held the crowd very well and was funny but not over the top which was great.”
Kind regards, Sarah Thane
“Just wanted to say a big thank you for the comedian last night. Simon was very professional last night and arrived on time…. Great reception from the group. We will definitely touch base again for our next comedian act!
Kind Regards, Leah
” He was great very professional everyone loved him, we had great feedback from our guests.”
– YAMAHA MOTOR AUSTRALIA
“I just wanted to thank you for your recommendation on Simon Kennedy at our event last Saturday. He was great and our guests thoroughly enjoyed.
Kind Regards, Kristine Clark
– Executive Assistant to Nick Johnson and John
Level 3, 40 River Boulevard Richmond VIC 3121
“Thank you so much for being part of our Launch of World Hepatitis Day 2012 at Martin Place on the 27th July 2012. You did a great job MCing the event and bringing it all together. The day was a huge success. We really appreciated your professional attitude. Once again thank you, it was great to work with you. Kind Regards
– Workforce Development Manager Hepatitis Australia
”I couldn’t believe how skilfully he read the audience at our event and how he cleverly adlibbed his way during the presentations. He took control and the evening ran smoothly under his steerage. I was watching the audience throughout as it’s always daunting when booking someone for the first time. They can make or break an event and it’s a reflection on you. There was no need for worry. They couldn’t have been more positive. Everyone was in stitches including me.. no need for sit-ups the next day! I would definitely use Simon again without a doubt as an MC or comedian. I trust him and he is a consummate professional”
– Ramsay Health Care
”Thank you for touching base with me. The function was a great success! Simon was fantastic… He really helped to keep things running smoothly was funny and even helped out with a small AV issue we had with the speakers on the night. All of the guests and the company directors really enjoyed having him along. And he helped keep my ”event mode” stress-head self calm! :} I will definitely recommend Simon in the future”
– Executive Assistant Mainbrace Constructions (NSW) Pty Ltd
”Our launch was a great success and Simon was an absolute hit. He had them all in stitches from start to finish. Thanks so much for your recommendation of Simon. We do about four to five launches a year with different clients so next time we need a comedian I’ll give you a call thanks”
– AH Beard
“On behalf of the Bank of Cyprus Australia Foundation we would like to thank you for being the Master of Ceremonies at our Charity Dinner. You were extremely entertaining, crowd engaging and made the evening flow very smoothly. Most importantly, you maintained a professional approach, which is why we would highly recommend you for any corporate event, we will definitely be using you again”
– Bank of Cyprus
“Good afternoon Mark, thank you for the follow up, the event went well, Simon’s presentation was very good and it was as I expected. Thank you for your work on this.”Regards,
– ICT ManagerTERUMO AUSTRALIA Pty Limited
“I can highly recommend Simon as a master of ceremonies. Simon reads the moment smoothly, anchors the event, and combines just the right elements to make the occasion memorable”
– Kwik Kopy Australia
“Simon Kennedy is funny, very funny in fact. The man can certainly think on his feet”
– Meap Careers
“Simon was a superb MC for our recent Foster Care Angels fundraising event. He had a wonderfully warm and engaging style, was funny and kept the whole night on schedule. I would highly recommend Simon for any corporate or charity event.”
– Foster Care Angels
“I want to thank you so much for enabling us to have Simon Kennedy perform at our Christmas Party last Saturday night – he was absolutely fabulous! We had 110 people attend and when I looked around the room everyone was in stitches. I know at the end of his performance I had “Panda Eyes” from my mascara. Could you please pass on our sincere gratitude to him – he is such a lovely person and ensured that he was thoroughly professional, bantered with the audience and did not do anything that was offensive – everyone at work has been saying how great he was!!!”
Once again thank you so much!
– Cancer Care