David Callan - Comedian/Actor

‘Callan is Australian comedy’s best kept secret’
-David Sadlier, former Director General, ASIO

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David Callan was an Intelligence Officer who started his acting and standup career on the advice of the Director General of ASIO. According to the DG, Callan was a lousy spy and after some encouragement, hung up his trench coat for the stage.
Callan has been seen on television, with regular appearances on Good News Week for Ten, Cliptomaniacs for TV1, Mouthing Off, From the Shed for the comedy channel, and roles in Water Rats , A Country Practice and Spellbinder.

As an actor Callan has done everything from Aristophanes to Shakespeare. Callan has been an avid improviser with TheatreSports for over a decade, regularly playing and hosting in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. Together with Murray Fahey he is an Australian TheatreSports Champion. He first took to the standup stage in 1990 and spent three years as resident comic at the Private Bin Nightclub, leaving him with the honor of being the only comedian in Canberra not duly elected to the position. Spotted on stage by a radio executive who needed some edge in his breakfast show, Callan started his radio career and experiments in sleep deprivation on KIX 106.3 in Canberra.

Callan hit Sydney in 1993 and in between his duties as a writer on the Mike Carlton Breakfast Show, he hit the Standup circuit. In 1994, Callan came second in the Harold Park Comedy Hotel’s Night of Nights Comic of the Year competition. Callan’s standup has taken him overseas, to New Zealand (which he doesn’t regard as going overseas so much as going back in time) and to Bangkok where he performed both short and long time. (He would like to take this opportunity to thank the friendly crew from Qantas who showed him the Pathpong nightlife after the show.)
Callan’s writing includes the syndicated radio serial Real History. Finalist for the award for Best Comedy Serial. Callan’s film credits include the psychotic band manager Tom Brighton in Sticky and Salty, the unhip hero Trevor in Murray Fahey’s Dags and the aptly named journo Guy Blunt in Airtight.

He recently starred on SBS series Going Home.

‘Top nut-sack! ’ - Angela Bishop, E! News


‘Callan does a better me than me’ - Rene Rivkin, Multi Millionaire

Callan is a cross between Brad Pitt and the Raptor from Jurassic

Park’ - Mike Carlton




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