Open Slather Cast
On The D-Generation and Fast Forward, Magda Szubanski made an indelible mark on Australian comedy.
Twenty-five years later, she’s ecstatic to be reunited with her Fast Forward mates in Open Slather and to be working with a new wave of comedic talent… Read More
Glenn Robbins is a star signing for Open Slather not just because of his performing skill, but also for his stature as a writer and mentor.
Glenn is one of those performers who makes comedy look easy, but he considers dedication, discipline and hard work the key ingredients to success… Read More
Her first TV role gave little indication of the impact Jane Turner was to have in comedy.
Jane began her career as a stage actor, performing in Melbourne Theatre Company productions Man in the Balloon and Blabbermouth, but her TV debut saw her trapped within the walls of Prisoner’s Wentworth Detention Centre, playing a blind prostitute murderer… Read More
Gina Riley is one of Australia’s most dynamic performers.
A powerhouse on stage and screen, she is renowned for playing everything from high maintenance hornbag Kim Craig in Kath & Kim, to Mama Morton in the hugely successful stage production Chicago.
The actress, writer, singer and comedian first captured the imagination of TV audiences… Read More
Stephen Curry has established himself as one of Australia’s most talented character actors.
In the ABC drama Hiding, he’s been breaking new ground by playing John Pinder, a detective who’s world-weary and dark.
It’s in stark contrast to many of the characters Stephen has played on stage and screen over the past 20 years, including comedy venue owner Herb in superbly crafted series Time of Our Lives… Read More
Fast Forward made such a mark on the comedy landscape that it has since been the benchmark against which any satirical sketch show is measured.
Marg Downey, who’d previously worked with some of the Fast Forward cast on sketch series The D-Generation, was an integral part of that success… Read More
From his dad Ron, Shane Jacobson learned to deliver a punch (Ron runs a boxing gym) and a punch line. From mum Jill, Shane learned how to cook, sing and dance (Jill runs a dance school). It was the beginning of Shane learning the value of versatility and it partly explains why he’s been able to traverse an extraordinary arc in TV, film and theatre…. Read More
For years audiences have marveled at Michael Veitch’s ability to use his body, mind and voice to dissolve completely into character.
The actor, author, TV and radio presenter cut his comedy teeth in the most influential sketch shows of the past 25 years, The D-Generation and Fast Forward, where he created some of our most legendary characters… Read More
It’s easy to see why Ben Gerrard was snapped up for Open Slather.
To shine in sketch comedy you need deep reserves of acting talent and NIDA graduate Ben has proven his depth and skill in everything from Bell Shakespeare Company productions to acclaimed theatrical project Songs For The Fallen… Read More
It was while working at a backpacker’s hostel that pushed Ben Lomas into taking the plunge as a stand-up comedian.
While working as a barman at the hostel, Ben became so fed up with a comedian’s flat gags on un-related topics he began heckling and was invited on to the stage to take over… Read More
The D-Generation left an indelible mark on then-schoolboy Dave Eastgate.
He laughs as he recalls watching Open Slather colleagues Magda Szubanski, Marg Downey, Jane Turner and Michael Veitch cut their sketch comedy teeth in the late eighties sketch show… Read More
She may be small of stature, but Demi Lardner can pack both a comedic and physical punch.
Not only is she a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Demi also has the 2013 National RAW Comedy title to her name… Read More
Emily Taheny is renowned for her ability to get deep under the skin of any character she plays.
It’s a rare talent she has displayed over the past decade in shows including It’s a Date, Mad as Hell and the Jesters. She was also one of the main players on Channel 9’s at times controversial sketch series Comedy Inc… Read More
George H. Xanthis was just an infant when he decided he wanted to make a life out of doing “silly voices”.
He was in kindergarten, but George says Robin Williams’ range of impersonations in Mrs Doubtfire left a lasting impression that lingers to this day… Read More
As one of seven children, Hannah Bath jokes that she learned to do anything she could to stand out from the crowd. For Hannah, that meant playing for laughs.
Describing herself more of a “comic actor” than a stand-up comedian, Hannah says she honed her skills putting on plays with her four sisters as a youngster… Read More
Training as a dramatic actress taught Holly Austin how to laugh. And how to survive.
Holly, a recipient of NIDA’s Mike Walsh and Ian Potter scholarships, has had roles in the gritty Aussie movie Candy, which starred Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish, and the Hollywood film Mask II: Son of Mask… Read More
For Ilai Swindells, auditioning for Open Slather was a bit like being a contestant on The X Factor.
Though he’s no stranger to the audition circuit, having done the hard yards for more than five years before landing his big break in this Foxtel sketch comedy, Ilai says performing in front of Open Slather’s panel of Producers was akin to being part of a reality TV talent quest… Read More
For a time, Jay K. Cagatay spent his daylight hours in the “Brekky Central” camp, producing stories for TV show Sunrise.
He learned story-telling techniques on Sunrise, working on weather segments with Grant Denyer, editing and producing a variety of news and current affairs reports and pounced on any opportunity to do something with a comedic edge… Read More
Laura Hughes has literally won the lottery. The comedian, writer and actor won the Green Card lottery in 2011, allowing her a 10-year window to live and work in the US.
It was a stroke of good fortune that’s had a telling impact on her skill and stature as a performer… Read More
Miles O’Neil is best known for the musical and comedic brilliance he’s displayed as a founding member of “junkyard theatre” trio Suitcase Royale.
The impact Miles has made with the trio on an international scale is best summed up in a US review stating the Suitcase Royale show is “visionary, emancipated and transformational … a work of theatre achingly undiluted joins the soul of madcap anarchy found in the best of the Marx brothers to the self-sufficient purity found in travelling tent shows”… Read More