Rod began writing and performing comedy at Melbourne University in the late 1960s and pioneered Melbourne’s fledgling alternative nightspots in the early 1970s: The Flying Trapeze CafeFoibles Theatre Restaurant, The Last Laugh and his own venue, The Comedy Cafe & Banana Lounge.
Rod's long and distinguished comedy career includes TV and stage work across shows such as BUS, Fast Forward, Denton, Backberner, Double Disillusion, Utopia, Lest We Forget – A People’s Inquiry Into Politics, Police and the S11 Protest, Boredom Protection Policy, Good News Week and the GNW Great Debates.
Rod speaks in secondary schools on The History of Mathematics and climate change.
When he is not working as a freelance writer, performer and speaker for the public, non-profit and private sectors, Rod is a prominent environmental, social and political activist.
Rod was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to the Performing Arts, the environment and sustainability in the 2015 Queens Birthday Honours.
* Rod Quantock will be performing only at the Saturday Night Gala Dinner. Tickets sold separately.