Rod Quantock is one of the reasons that Melbourne is the live comedy capital of Australia. As a pioneer of stand up comedy, Rod has more than thirty years experience working in cabaret, theatre, television, radio, advertising and the corporate sector. For an old boy, Rod is still doing extremely well, thank you very much. His live shows are predictably box office hits at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival and he is an evergreen favourite at corporate events.
The truly remarkable thing about Rod is that for more than thirty years he has remained a contemporary stand up comedian, evolving and staying at the forefront of the craft. His contribution to Australian cultural life was rewarded when he received the Individual Award at the 2004 Sydney Myer Performing Arts Awards, putting him in the company of such arts luminaries as Geoffrey Rush, Robyn Nevin, Nick Enright, Lucy Guerin and Paul Grabowsky. That he continues to build new, younger audiences all the time is testament to possibly the most impressive career in Australian comedy.
“A living Melbourne treasure” The Age, Melbourne
“Sophisticated satire, unpretentious, daffy. His easy rambling fills the stage.
Clever, simple and acid... a comedian for thinkers.” The Melbourne Times
“A gloriously shambling style, punctuated by sudden gags and proposals of Swiftian excess...
He is the archetypal wise fool adrift in a dark and dangerous world.” The Australian
“For sheer cheek and inventiveness, the amazing Rod Quantock must take the honours.
Bizarre, fresh, theatrically dangerous, unpredictable” The Guardian, London
“wit, warmth and aplomb... wise, scary, funny.” The Age, Melbourne
“We walked away entertained, reflective and finally, amazed. If you only see one comedy show this year, make it Sunrise Boulevard.” Daily Telegraph, Sydney
“Quantock is hilarious, accessible and passionate.” Herald Sun
“He’s the thinking audience’s comic – holing it in absolute fascination. His ability to maintain several through-lines throughout the show holds everything together in near perfection. You must see him.” The Adelaide Advertiser
“…always funny, intelligent and socially responsible” Herald Sun, Melbourne
“Rod Quantock is still our best political comedian. He may simply be our best comedian.” Herald Sun
“This show has huge belly-laughs, but it is often so close to the truth of the mad events in our world at present that we laugh with an ache. Quantock’s show is about learning and laughing. Go now” Herald Sun
“Quantock is the master of comedy as social criticism” The Sunday Age, Melbourne
“Bus is the most chaotic, unplanned fun you can have. Take a friend. Take a camera. Take the risk.” The Age, Melbourne
“Rod Quantock is an extremely sophisticated comedian at the height of his craft.”
The Adelaide Advertiser