Anthony Jeselnik has been enchanting while simultaneously gut-punching audiences with his line-crossing humour for over fifteen years. His evil genius wordplay has fuelled some of the most memorable Comedy Central Roasts and three widely-acclaimed solo comedy specials in the last decade. Don’t miss the ‘Dark Prince of Comedy’ when he brings his wicked one-liners to Australian stages, playing Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in February-March.
A career-defining spot on the Donald Trump roast introduced Anthony to global audiences literally overnight. After several years in the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writers’ room, Anthony had been writing for the David Hasselhoff roast when he was invited to perform on the upcoming lampooning of presidential hopeful Trump. Jeselnik’s performance was so outstanding that he was immediately offered a ‘three-point deal’ in which he received an hour special, three roasts, and a development deal.
The comedian is a household name in the USA thanks to his phenomenal performance that night and on the subsequent roasts of James Franco, Charlie Sheen and Roseanne Barr; as star and creator of The Jeselnik Offensive; and from replacing JB Smoove as the host of NBC’s Emmy Award-nominated Last Comic Standing.
‘The Satanic prince of stand-up, a black-hearted joke-slinger with a ferocious and unstoppable will to power’ – The A.V. Club (US)
‘Serene, composed and unaffected, he’s a standup surgeon deftly slicing up an audience until its laughs and gasps are intermixed’ – UCB Comedy (US)
The eldest of five kids from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, even in his formative years dark, inappropriate humour was Jeselnik’s classroom specialty. Literature and reading-obsessed, he always dreamed of writing the ‘great American novel’, but while working at Borders bookstore he chanced upon a book by a local writer and comedian promoting his comedy workshops, leading Anthony to realise that there were other areas in which a writer could thrive.
The comedy veteran has earned a hotly-contested spot on Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch list, was one of Comedy Central’s ‘Breakout Comedians of the Year’ in 2009 alongside Aziz Ansari, Whitney Cummings, Donald Glover, and Kumail Nanjiani, has performed on Conan, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and was the first ever stand-up comedy spot on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
With a Comedy Central presents, two seasons of his own series The Jeselnik Offensive, three outstanding, critically acclaimed stand-up comedy specials and an Emmy nomination for his work on A Night Of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert For Autism Education under his belt, there is no holding Anthony Jeselnik back – either in his material or in his career.
‘The craftsmanship that goes into his writing is matched by a classy delivery. Ice-cool Jeselnik keeps the audience teetering at the top of a bad-taste rollercoaster before releasing the brakes. If you’ve a stomach for sick comedy, Jeselnik will deliver with a rare grace’ – Chortle (UK)
‘Wind-up one-liners and noxious pay-offs are surprisingly funny – his brand of twinkling villainy slips down devilishly easily’ – The Guardian (UK)
His over-the-top, meticulously crafted dark jokes led Jeselnik to be invited to join Chris Rock on his 2017 Total Blackout tour and in September 2018 he expanded his relationship with Comedy Central, inking a multi-platform deal with the network. Under the deal, Jeselnik will star in and executive produce a yet-to-be titled half-hour TV series and host an original weekly podcast, The Jeselnik and Rosenthal Vanity Project with co-host Gregg Rosenthal. The deal also encompasses Jeselnik’s role as one of the Season 3 judges for Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle, which wrapped its third season last month.
Citing Jimmy Carr as a hero and “dead babies” as his subject of choice, charmingly wicked Jeselnik delivers with a winning smile, devilish charm and a writing prowess that is shooting him into the comedy stratosphere at a dangerously breakneck speed.
Don’t miss Anthony Jeselnik on his biggest Australian tour to date when he hits Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in February-March 2019. Purchase early, tickets for this white-hot comedy superstar will not last long.
Tuesday 26 February – Arkaba Hotel, Adelaide (All Ages*)
Wednesday 27 February – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)
Thursday 28 February – The Tivoli, Brisbane (All Ages)
Friday 1 March – Comedy Theatre, Melbourne (All Ages)
Tue 26 Feb, 2019Arkaba Hotel, Adelaide – (7:30pm) All Ages*
Wed 27 Feb, 2019Enmore Theatre, Sydney – (7:30 pm) All Ages
Thu 28 Feb, 2019The Tivoli, Brisbane – (8pm) All Ages
Fri 01 Mar, 2019Comedy Theatre, Melbourne – (7:30 pm) All Ages
*U18s must be accompanied by parent/guardian
This event is recommended for patrons aged 15+ — adult themes & coarse language, subject matter may offend some patrons.