Brett Sheargold, Entertainer & Comedian: 8th
Man Australia continues to explore the world of comedy...
mum was in showbiz....She was a magician, a female
magician was very rare in the 60's and 70's..She was
the assistant to a very famous Australian magician
Bob Merlini, after Bob died she went out on her own
and toured the world, working with acts like the Bee
Gees and Peter Allen.
did you get your break?
Rude brought me on stage for my first ever gig and
the Comedy store in Sydney...But really noone gave
me a break. Promoters had faith in me..The old Harold
Park Hotel was a great break for me I was the regular
MC there for many years...I think I made my own breaks
with sheer determination.
do you consider the highlights of your career?
think my career highlights are still ahead of me..Working
with Robin Williams was quite a buzz.. So was meeting
are your current projects?
a few projects in the works including a DVD, The Golden
Years of Hollywood.
has the Internet assisted you?
put a website together for me in 1992, early days
of the WWW. It has helped me in web presence but not
really gotten me work..My website is a great place
for promoters to get a resume' and photo's for publicity...I
don't have to mail any of that stuff now.
are your mentors?
really had any mentors...Had to learn on my own.
laughter of an audience..
makes a great promoter?
who tells you when you are good, and tells you what
they think you''ve done wrong, and what you can do
to make it better. Promoters need to be straight shooters..That
is very rare in this business.
makes a great performer?
you are talking about comedy..Someone who does what
he thinks is funny, not what he thinks the audience
will find funny.
you have any regrets?
has regrets..But you cant dwell on them..
kind of performances, of any type, are your favourites,
like a performer to be real and not manufactured..Yes
they are hard to find..
do you like and dislike about professional wrestling?
like the fact that its always on there is no off season,
it's one of the greatest comedy shows on TV..I can
usually get a laugh out of it...What do I dislike
about it...People who take it way too seriously, like
star trek fans, they need an outside interest.
is the most embarrassing moment of your career?
was walked onto a completely black out stage and fell
off..It was quite funny..
us about some of the countries your work has take
worked in Europe but mainly in Australia, alot of
my material doesn't translate to well overseas..
a typical day for you?
watch a lot of cable news read alot of newspapers
and think of stuff thats funny...A typical gig goes
for an hour, so that means 23 free hours a day.
is hot on TV?
not Eddie McGuire thats for sure. I think the biggest
real find on TV in Australia in the last 10 years
would have to be Catriona Rountree, smart, sexy and
would your perfect Reality TV programme entail?
love to see World's Worst Acrobats or When Clowns
media attention have you enjoyed?
done most of the TV shows, lots of TV people have
come to my shows..To this day Elle McFeast has not
understood my success.
is it important to collaborate with other good people?
can ever do everything on their own..Steven Spielberg
doesn't act in his movies too.. It's always a team
gave you your handle, "Hollywood"?
hate it..But like most nicknames you have no say in
it..It was said by an audience member when asking
a venue if I was on that night.. They didn't know
my name and just said that Hollywood guy, and just
my luck it's stuck with me ever since.
is success to you?
on your art form...To keep growing..The money just
comes after that.
do you do to relax?
watching movies, I love DVDs you can get so many old
note: An entertaining, informative and rare interview
with Brett "Hollywood" Sheargold.
Sheargold official website
Comedian Hollywood Brett Sheargold
M FM104, Brisbane
COMEDY CHANNEL | Comedian Profiles
Network - The Sydney Morning Herald - Comedy Club
raver who really grapples with his lines, by Alexa
Moses - SMH - 18th July 2002
What Is It?, by Greg Tingle
Brett Sheargold official website)
into a showbiz family, Brett Sheargold grew up around
many of Australia's entertainment legends, Irene,
his mother, was the assistant of the late Bob Merlini,
considered by many to be one of the greatest magicians
mother travelled the world, including tours of Vietnam
and Korea, performing alongside such notables as the
Bee Gee's, Peter Allen, Johnny O'Keefe and Lenny Bruce
on his infamous Australian tour. Destined from an
early age to be a performer, Brett's childhood was
spent around the likes of Slim De Grey,Jan Adele,Buster
Noble,John Mellion, Bunny Brookes,Lucky Grills,Johnny
Pace and Ugly Dave Gray.
Sydney agent June Daly Watkins, impressed by Brett's
fresh face and quick wit recommended him to the Nine
Network's ratings king Mike Walsh. Almost overnight
Brett made his first TV appearance, age 10, on Channel
9's, The Mike Walsh Show, he quickly became a regular
on the show, and throughout most of his teenage years
he would do segments on TV and radio covering various
topics through the eyes of a kid growing up in Australia.
a few drinks one night at Sydney's Comedy Store, Rodney
Rude introduced a young Brett Sheargold to the audience,
he was an instant hit, and the rest is comedy history....
cult figure in Australian comedy circles.
film The Hollywood Tapes was on the shortlist for
the 2003 Tropfest Film festival.
2001 was spotted around Sydney with Irish songstress
the next door neighbour of mining magnate Robert Holmes
an unsuccessful attempt at coaxing former Prime Minister
Paul Keating into a career in stand up.
runner up Comic of the Year. (1st place was a shadow
by his peers Most Sane Comic 97-98 Bazza Awards.
youngest comic ever to be inducted into the Echidnas.
of his other TV credits include, Sixty Minutes, A
Current Affair, the Sunday Program, music videos and
Brett Sheargold is the comedian other comedians go
to see. Was the resident MC at Sydneys Harold Park
Hotel (Comedy Hotel) for much of the 1990's , and
the regular presenter /judge of Comic of the Year
(Which later became the Raw Awards). Some winners
that Brett awarded were,Trevor Crook, Kenny Graham
and Carl Barron.
cutting edge live show Comics in The Dark ( later
made into a TV pilot by the Nine Network)
and his comedy appearances at rock festivals for Amnesty
International LIVID and Alternative Nation, received
rave reviews from the mainstream press.
the Sydney leg of his Underwater World show, Melbourne
comic Greg Fleet often invited Brett to join him on
stage in an improvisational jazz session. Although
neither have any musical experience,the tunes Greg
and Brett played were a side splitting finale to the
Steady Eddy, Jimioen, Sue Anne Post, James O'Loghlin,
Kitty Flanagan and Mark My Words on stage for some
of their 1st ever gigs! TV beauty Julia Morris credits
Brett Sheargold as a major influence on her comedy
career. Bloke,Chris Franklin calls him Australian
comedy's answer to Bon Scott,Greg Fleet calls him
Australia's most under-rated comic'Russell Gilbert
claims to have found Brett and Dannii Minogue in a
passionate embrace at a Melbourne Nite Spot,
presenter/ radio personality Peter Berner is rumored
to have a restraining order on his personality, star
of You can't stop the Murders, Peter Ackmel Saleh
calls him one of the funniest comics he has ever seen
and superstar Mel Gibson thinks he should get a haircut.
His 30 second promo's for Foxtel's thecomedychannel
are among the funniest ever aired. Winner of the 2001
Channel 9', So you want to be a stand up comedian?
Davo, was a character written and conceived by Brett
himself. Davo(Mark Patching)is considered one of Australian
comedy's brightest new stars.
1993 Sydneys College of Fine Arts student Tyrone Townsend
built a website consisting of pictures
and translated text from many of Brett's performances.
According to the student it would have been the first
website on an Australian comic.In 1995-96 Brett resided
in Europe. Appeared on Italy's GBR Network.
1997 University of NSW Professor John McCallum wrote
a thesis on Brett's act titled Don't Shit Ya Selves
(a study of Hollywood Brett Sheargold). It is still
used in media classes to this day, both here and overseas.
of the interesting notes the professor made during
his study was that, although perceptions would have
you think otherwise, Brett's act is relatively clean,
although catered for adults, it was found Brett has
very little, if any, foul language compared to almost
all the leading stand ups working today.
the years Brett has appeared with numerous International
Acts including Robin Williams, English showbiz legend
Max Bygraves, Barry Diamond (Seinfeld), Eric Bana
(Hulk, Chopper) Rich Hall (SNL, Simpsons), Jeff Stillson
(Ex Letterman writer, Osbournes Producer), and The
Amazing Johnathon - Just to name a few.
over 4 years Brett was heard every Sunday Night on
the Number1 rated Paul Brasch Show FM104 MMM Brisbane.
is currently in development for an interview program
for network TV in the tradition of a Norman Gunston
or Ali G,his interviews have already included some
very funny pieces of television with The Duchess of
York,Sarah Ferguson ,popstar Britney Spears,superstar
Mel Gibson, boxing champion Jeff Fenech and Academy
Award winning actress Jodie Foster. Not as well known
is that Brett is a major player behind the scenes
in Australia's newly revived professional wrestling
scene. Brett is a consultant to International Wrestling
Australia. Australia's leading pro wrestling organisation.
is actively involved in the writing of storylines,
character development, and overall production.
fact many professional wrestlers credit Brett Sheargold
for giving them their first break in the world of
sports entertainment.The IWA segments that Brett wrote
for Channel V, and UNDER the HAMMER on Foxtel, were
some of the funniest and exciting live TV in 1999,2000
him live and find out for yourself.