Anthony Ackroyd
Anthony Ackroyd is an Australian comedian
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, speaker and writer
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. He is currently a cast member of the ABC
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 radio comedy show "Thank God It's Friday!". He is the creator and Director of The United Nations Of Comedy which aims to bring together the best comedy from around the world and build bridges between cultures through shared humour.


Ackroyd was born in Hobart
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, Tasmania
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 and grew up in the tough working class suburb of Warrane. At the age of 16 Ackroyd became Australian schoolboy public speaking champion when he won "Rostrum's Voice Of Youth" competition. He was also a Commonwealth debating champion.

He began performing stand up comedy at the Sydney Comedy Store in the 1980s. Television exposure quickly followed with frequent appearances on popular TV shows such as "The Video Comedy Store", "Hey, Hey, It's Saturday" and "The Midday Show". From 1989–1991 he was a cast member on ABC TV's pioneering live comedy show "The Big Gig". During the 1990s he appeared on TV shows including "Good News Week", "Tonight Live", "Mornings with Kerri-Anne", and "Pizza". He performed the critically acclaimed comedy monologue "Karma Comedian" on ABC's "The Smallest Room In The House" which detailed many aspects of his life to that point with great honesty.

Ackroyd's one man shows have included "Anthony Ackroyd in His Own Little World", "Ecstasy and How To Get It", "At Last The Truth About Everything", and "The Fruit Of My Lions".

Both the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian newspapers acknowledged Ackroyd as one of the best comedians of his generation. Cosmopolitan Magazine dubbed him "The Man Of The Moment". "Beat Magazine" declared him "one of the ultimate comedy legends".

He has written for TV and film including the highly successful Australian sketch show "The Comedy Company" and two years writing for an internet sitcom spin off for Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura character. He has workshopped material with writer-performers such as Billy Crystal and Rowan Atkinson. Ackroyd's articles have appeared in publications such as Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Vogue, Life Etc, Studio, Eco Magazine, Parenting, Men's Stuff, and Good Taste.

Ackroyd's film work includes roles in the movies "Reckless Kelly", Geno", and "Willful". He provided the voice of Dragon on the award winning children's TV show "Magic Mountain".

Seeking meaning beyond fame Ackroyd became a clowndoctor and spent years creating laughter in children's hospitals. He became an official Laughter Group Leader with Laughter Group International and has taught thousands of people techniques for creating their own laughter. During this period he married and devoted much of his energy to hands on fathering. He turned this experience into comic material for his show "The Fruit Of My Lions".

Ackroyd re-emerged into the public eye as an international speaker and workshop leader lecturing on the power of laughter and positive energy to transform all aspects of life. He is a leading authority on the beneficial applications of laughter, humour, and play which he now teaches under the banner "The Laughter Advantage!"

Ackroyd is known for his penetrating series of articles for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age which focus on comedy as a social force and look at the impact of comedians such as Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, the Monty Python team, and the satirical ensemble "The Chaser". He wrote the obituary for comedian George Carlin, published in the Sydney Morning Herald.

This examination of comedy's power in society led Ackroyd to declare that "comedy is the correct response to life". He now devotes himself to writing and performing comedy for stage, print media, TV, and feature films. Due to an uncanny resemblance, Ackroyd also became the world's leading impersonator of Australian ex-Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. He is now one of Australia's leading political satirists and hosts his own show "Political Bent".

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