Rod began writing and performing comedy at Melbourne University in the late Sixties. He pioneered Melbourne’s fledgling alternative nightspots in the early Seventies: ‘The Flying Trapeze Cafe’, ‘Foibles Theatre Restaurant’, ‘The Last Laugh’ & his own venue, ‘The Comedy Cafe & Banana Lounge’.
He left the stage in early 1981 to work on ‘Ratbags’, for the Ten Network, Sydney, and returned to ‘The Comedy Cafe’ at the end of that year to present the first season of his internationally acclaimed ‘BUS’ show.
He was back to television in 1983-4 writing and performing for ABC TV’s groundbreaking ‘Australia-You’re Standing In It’.
In 1988 he was chosen by the Australian Bicentennial Authority to represent Australia at the Edinburgh Festival with ‘BUS’.
He was associate producer and script editor for the first series of ‘Fast Forward’ and in 1991-2 was writing for the Australian Children’s Television Foundation’s and for Seven’s ‘Denton’.
Rod was a script consultant and associate producer of ABC TV’s Comedy Unit (1998-2001) and was head writer and script editor for ABC-TV’s ‘Backberner’ (1999-2000) and ‘One Size Fits All’ (2000).
In March 1997 he presented ‘Sunrise Boulevard’, at the Melbourne Comedy Festival to rave reviews. This solo show won a Green Room Award that same year, the first time a comedian had won this prestigious theatre award.
In 1998 he presented two more highly successful one-man shows, ‘Crown of Thorns’ and ‘Double Disillusion’.
In 1999 his sell-out one-man shows, ‘Eureka’ and ‘A Major Event’ were both acclaimed by the critics (‘A Major Event’ was credited with contributing to the fall of the Kennett Government).
In 2000 he was back at the Adelaide Fringe and the Melbourne Comedy Festivals with a new show, ‘Utopia’.
In 2001 he wrote and performed ‘Lest We Forget – A People’s Inquiry Into Politics, Police and the S11 Protest’ (Rod and his children were eye-witnesses to, and victims of, the police violence) and to celebrate 30 years in comedy, ‘Rodtacular’ for the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
In 2002 he premiered ‘Scum Nation’ at The Adelaide Fringe before taking it to The Comedy Festival and followed that up with ‘Boredom Protection Policy’ in August.
He was a regular guest on ‘Good News Week’ and the ‘GNW Great Debates’, has done countless guest spots, segments and interviews for television, radio and newspapers.
Rod also 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, he 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.