Paul McDermott (born May 13, 1962) is an Australian
musical comedian and television host.
in Adelaide, he grew up in Canberra, where he
studied art after finishing high school.
began performing as a member of the Doug Anthony
All Stars, along with Tim Ferguson and Richard
Fidler, starting out as buskers and performing
live in clubs. After success at the 1986 Adelaide
Fringe Festival, they travelled to Britain for
the Edinburgh Fringe festival. While working there
they were picked up to perform on the ABC show
The Big Gig, where they quickly gained a following,
and, in time, their own show DAAS Kapital. They
had frequent appearances on Australian television
and toured extensively, performing independently,
and in the three major festivals, Edinburgh Fringe,
Montreal's Just for Laughs and the Melbourne International
the Doug Anthony All Stars disbanded, Paul wrote,
directed and performed in a stageshow entitled
MOSH! with a group of young Australian performers.
that, he was recruited by director Ted Robinson,
who previously worked with him on The Big Gig,
to host Good News Week, which was shown on the
ABC from 1996 to 1998, and on Network Ten from
1999 to 2000. In 1996 and 1997 he was also co-hosting
breakfast radio on Triple J with Mikey Robins,
Steve Abbott and later Jen Oldershaw.
starring on GNW, Paul wrote a number of songs.
Two of these appeared on a single. Shut Up/Kiss
Me was the title track. It was a duet with Fiona
Horne and was co-written with Paul Mac. The single
also featured Paul's song Happiness. Some of his
other songs also appeared on Good News Week Tapes
Vol 2, such as The Drugs, Everything and More
and Nothing. Paul sang most weeks on Good News
Weekend and Good News Week Nite Lite and many
fans used to record these songs to create bootleg
CDs. The CD Good News Week tapes Volume 1 featured
several of Paul's monologues from the start of
mentioned on The Sideshow September 8th 2007,
Paul has a twin sister, Sharon.
reappeared in the Melbourne International Comedy
Festival from 2002 with Cameron Bruce and Mick
Moriarty in a music based comedy trio called GUD.
Their 2003 show, "Gud Ugh", won The
Age Critic's Choice Award for best show of the
festival. In 2002 he also had a solo stand-up
show entitled Comedyoscopy.
also hosted the ABC show Strictly Dancing in 2004
and 2005, has released several books with the
Doug Anthony All Stars (Book, DAAS Kapital, Trip)
and several on his own (The Forgetting of Wisdom,
The Scree, The Girl Who Swallowed Bees). One of
his books, The Scree, has been developed into
a short film also featuring Paul Livingston (better
known to some as Flacco), with whom Paul worked
on The Big Gig and DAAS Kapital, and Steve Abbott,
with whom he worked on Triple J, with a voice
over by Ruth Cracknell. The Scree won Best Film
at the 2005 Flickerfest International Film Festival,
and was invited to be screened at the 54th Berlin
is currently working with Ted Robinson on a new
comedy television show called The Sideshow. The
show has been described as a successor to The
Big Gig, and follows the same variety show format.
It premiered on 21st of April 2007 on the ABC.
The Sideshow concluded after being cancelled by
the ABC on 1st December 2007. (Credit: