International Australian comedian Daniel Townes first hit the Sydney comedy scene with his acerbic, intelligent, and laid-back stand-up style in 2003, and quickly made his mark as one of the country’s best live acts and most sought after comedians. His live performances are packed with killer one-liners, insightful social commentary, and dark and hilarious personal stories.
Constantly in demand, he’s performed at the prestigious invite-only Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, and won over audiences worldwide with his dry wit, disarming delivery, and cheeky smile: headlining and hosting at comedy clubs throughout Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Spain, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, The Netherlands, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha.
Daniel is a regular feature at comedy and fringe festivals around the globe, and has performed a new show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival every year since 2005 - with successful seasons also at Adelaide Fringe, Perth International Comedy Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Sydney Comedy Festival, where in 2011 he was nominated for Time Out Magazines Sydney’s Best Comedian Award, and the Peoples Choice Award. He’s toured Australia wide with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow since 2007, and hosted the Hong Kong and Singapore tours in 2013.
Townes is also no stranger to performing on the outdoor comedy stages of music Festivals, including; Homebake Music Festival (Sydney), Splendour In The Grass (Byron Bay), Falls Festival (Australia wide), Southbound Music Festival (WA); and also the V Festival, Leeds Festival, and Reading Festival in the UK.
Besides constantly lighting up comedy clubs and festivals around the world, he’s appeared on Good News Week, The Footy Show, The Comedy Channel’s Stand Up Australia and Sydney Comedy Festival’s Cracker Night, ABC TV’s Stand-Up, Comedy Train on Humour TV in the Netherlands, and also hosts The Daniel Townes Podcast, a weekly conversation with comedians from around the world.
He was recently featured in the 2015 Buzzfeed list of the funniest comedians to follow on Twitter, and because he likes a challenge, in 2014 he performed at Malmsbury Juvenile Detention Centre just outside of Melbourne.
“A breath of fresh air” - Rolling Stone Magazine
“Dazzlingly funny.” - Herald Sun 2015
“What elevates Townes’s set is his skilful turn of phrase, with each little whine encapsulated in a well-judged nugget of wit, nicely rounding off the point he’s making” - Chortle