Ben McKenzie (labcoatman.com.au, shaolinpunk.net, @labcoatman) is an actor, comedian, scientician and professional nerd. As well as Museum Comedy, his writer/performer credits include the ultra-geeky Dungeons & Dragons show Dungeon Crawl, comedy science lectures as “the Man in the Lab Coat”, Channel 31 variety show Planet Nerd, live sketch show The Anarchist Guild Social Committee, short play A Record or an OBE and political stand-up room Political Asylum. He has performed in arts festivals, short films and Science Week, and also works as a presenter and voice-over artist. His latest projects include Pop Up Playground, a company that creates socially pervasive games and playful experiences, and The Peer Revue, a science comedy variety show. His favourite dinosaur is Stegosaurus.
Ben is the founder of Museum Comedy, and has conducted every tour except the 2010 Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour.
Dave Lamb (@davenlamb) is a singing, badly-dancing actor of a Shakespearean bent whose latest claim to fame is playing a robot voiced by Shaun Micallef (for The Bazura Project). A WAAPA graduate, Dave has worked for Bell Shakespeare in their touring schools programme, performed in a variety of Melbourne theatre productions, and is currently starring in a locally produced feature film which may or may not be about zombies. You can check out his showreel online here (warning: contains rude words Dave will not be allowed to say during the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour).
Dave performs as part of the 2012 Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour.
Nadia Collins (@NadiaCollins) is an improviser and comedian. Nadia performs regularly with The Big HOO-HAA, including their long form show Rorschach and 2012 Comedy Festival show The Big HOO-HAA brouhaha.
Nadia performs as part of the 2012 Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour.
Petra Elliott (petraelliott.com, @PetraElliot) completed a BA in acting earlier this century and has since explored theatre for children, contact impro, puppetry, and improvisation skills used in live performance, including development of a theatre in education project for YWCA Scope. Theatre highlights include Sissy (then) in Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Dinah in Brighton Beach Scumbags, Lucy in 3 Points of Contact, Eve Ensler in The Vagina Monologues, Emilia in Othello, Belinda/Flavia in Noises Off, M’lynn in Steel Magnolias, Godspell, Cabaret, Les Miserables, multiple roles in He Died With a Falafel In His Hand, and as the title role in Peter Pan. Most recent credits include Jacinta in Immersed for the ‘Wooden Leg’, and as Thug (a puppet monster) in The Magical Oak Tree (Gasworks/Melbourne Fringe). You can catch Petra in Inside Out with FLW Theatre and La Mama, and in her other Comedy Festival show, Who Killed John Bearington III?, at Word Warehouse.
Petra performs as part of the 2012 Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour.
Kate McLennan (Facebook, @katemclennan1) is a Melbourne based writer, comedian and actress. Her one-woman stage comedy The Debutante Diaries was nominated for a Barry Award in the 2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and also won the award for Best Newcomer and Best Comedy at 2006 Melbourne Fringe. Kate also performed the show to critical acclaim in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has toured the show all over Australia. She is a regular on the stand-up comedy scene and has recently appeared on the telly in Ben Elton’s Live From Planet Earth, Offspring and The Mansion.
Kate, as character Sally Simpkins, conducted the 2011 Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour.
Stella Young started her performing career by donning a little red cape for the title role in the spectacular rock opera, Little Red Rocking Hood. She was in Grade Six. She has since ditched the cape (and the singing) to persue a varied career in comedy, community broadasting and disability advocacy, among other things. Stella is a two-time state finalist in Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Raw Comedy competition and has hosted stuff that’s been on telly in Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. She really likes science, but dislikes comparisons to Stephen Hawking. He’s just a show off.
Stella appeared as a guest during 2010′s Lunchtime Comedy Programme, and also conducted the 2011 Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour.
Amanda Buckley is an improvisor, singer and actor. She has performed around Australia and overseas, most recently in New York as a part of the Upright Citizen’s Brigades’ Del Close Marathon – a 72 hour improv marathon. She has previously been seen at the MICF in Scrabble Unscripted, Blank The Musical, iMPro3 Shuffle, The Ulitmate Boardgame Unscripted and Beaconsfield The Musical! Amanda has recently moved to Melbourne from Sydney and is in the process of growing an actual human being baby.
Amanda conducted the 2011 Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour.
Australia’s Three Michelin Star Comedian, Danny McGinlay (dannymcginlay.com, @dannymcginlay) has performed all over Australia and done stints in London, New York and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Danny has been on the television numerous times: Rove, The Circle, 7pm Project, The Footy Show, John Saffran’s Race Relations, The Mansion, City Homicide, and he had one line in Steven Spielberg’s The Pacific. He made his Hollywood debut in the Nicolas Cage thriller Knowing. He appears in the pivotal opening scene, meaning if you list the cast in order of appearance, he almost has top billing.
Danny conducted the 2011 Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour.