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Paul McDermott +1

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2022: Rhinestone Rebel Presents

Paul McDermott +1

10:00pm, Fri 1 April, 2022

Event Details


Paul McDermott, a leading comic provocateur, an endless originator, a ceaseless font of wonder, a generous collaborator, an unrelentingly creative spirit and a rolled gold feckin’ legend, is returning to Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2022 to perform his next miracle, alongside a fella you don’t know. 

Join the dots, follow the path people, look at the history of the man – DAAS, GNW, MOSH, The Sideshow, Triple J with Mikey Robins, GUD, Paul + Gatesy, Plus One.

I mean, f***, has there ever been anyone more consistent?

Many people don’t find the earthy musing of a rapidly-aging, self-absorbed narcissist engaging. However, if two Covid survivors (the Plague Doctor and the Meadow Lark), free associating while making sweet sickening sounds, attacking anti-vaxxers, Hillsong, social hierarchies and authoritarianism is your groove… then maybe… just maybe…

★★★★★ "Laughter is good for the soul and my soul feels really good now" Glam Adelaide

★★★★★ "Chaotic fun at its finest" Scenstr

★★★★ "McDermott's sharp songwriting shines in this riotous performance" The Advertiser

★★★★ "He’s lost none of his aggressive charm" Timeout


Paul McDermott is a writer and performer but, primarily, a scribbler.

He attended the Canberra School of Art (where his work and he were much loved) before beginning life as a busker with DAAS (The Doug Anthony Allstars). DAAS found success in Australia, and abroad.

With the demise of DAAS, Paul returned to Australia to host the popular satirical, political game show Good News Week (GNW). Paul has hosted and written for The Sideshow (a

concept of which he is shamelessly proud), as well as, Strictly Dancing, Rm 101 and, most recently, played the part of a quiz master on ABC’s Think Tank.

Paul has been a regular columnist, a radio jock, a lead in a musical, done some stupid stuff, written a couple of books, illustrated some others, performed in a park during the Barcelona

Olympics, and been a continual thorn in the side of ennui.

He has created three award-winning short films The SCREE (2004), The Girl who Swallowed Bees (2007), and GHOSTBEAR (2019).

Paul continues to write, perform and scribble, and recently wrote and illustrated the, yet to be awarded, children’s book GHOSTBEAR.

At the start of 2021 Paul toured the multi-award-winning live show Paul + 1. The show was performed, and conceived, with Glenn Moorhouse (multi-instrumentalist, music producer

and Wunderkind). When the ‘last’ Sydney lockdown meant the end of live performance, Glenn and Paul began work on recording a major musical piece detailing experiences during lockdown, and the (often bizarre) reaction to COVID 19 – I’VE SEEN THE FUTURE AND YOU’RE NOT IN IT.

Paul continues to scribble.

Social Media/Website

Website link: https://www.paulmcdermott.com.au

Facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/YoungMasterPaul/

Instagram page link: @paulmcdermottplusone


The Brunswick Artists' Bar and Brunswick Ballroom will be operating under the Victorian State Government vaccination mandate. Therefore, as outlined in the Victorian Roadmap, only patrons, staff and artists who are double vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to enter the venue.

Customers are required to check-in via the Service Victoria App with a valid Vaccination certificate as they enter the venue.

The venue will be taking a number of precautionary measures to ensure patron safety, including:
- Hand sanitiser dispensers
- Signage and social distancing markers throughout the venue
- Regular sanitising of the venue and full clean between sittings

Photo ID is essential, acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence, State Approved ‘Proof of Age’ card or Passport. 


The kitchen will be serving The Ballroom Menu for this show.

You can view the delicious offerings available by clicking here.

The Brunswick Ballroom is Accessible.
The Brunswick Ballroom has made significant improvements to accessibility by installing an 
Acorn Chairlift. (Model: New Acorn Indoor 180 Curved Stairlift.)

To find out more about the venue, FAQs can be viewed by clicking here.