“Daniel Townes is a small-name comedian with a big talent. It feels like you’re sitting down with a mate, discussing the ridiculousness of life. Townes is genuinely funny, I highly recommend him to anyone tired of seeing big names coast on their reputations.” - The Age
International Australian comedian Daniel Townes first hit the Sydney comedy scene with his acerbic, intelligent, and laid-back stand-up style in 2003, and quickly made his mark as one of the country’s best live acts and most sought after comedians. His live performances are packed with killer one-liners, insightful social commentary, and dark and hilarious personal stories.
“It takes real talent to summarise all our shortcomings as a society and still entertain an audience. Luckily, Daniel Townes is a very talented comedian.” - The Music 2015
Constantly in demand, he’s performed at the prestigious invite-only Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, and won over audiences worldwide with his disarming delivery, dry wit, and cheeky smile: headlining and hosting at comedy clubs throughout Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Spain, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, The Netherlands, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha. In 2016 he performed at the Just For Laughs Australia Stand Up Series, filmed at the Studio at The Sydney Opera House for The Comedy Channel, in 2017 he appeared on the ABC2 Comedy Up Late series at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and Cracker Night at Sydney Comedy Festival for The Comedy Channel, and in 2018 he had his own hour-long special on ABC Comedy as part of their Comedy Next Gen series.
Daniel is a regular feature at comedy and fringe festivals around the globe, and has performed a new show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival every year since 2005 - with successful seasons also at Adelaide Fringe, Perth International Comedy Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Sydney Comedy Festival, where in 2011 he was nominated for Time Out Magazines Sydney’s Best Comedian Award, and the Peoples Choice Award. He’s toured Australia wide with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow since 2007 and hosted the Hong Kong and Singapore tours in 2013.
“A stand-up’s stand-up, he eschews contrived themes and narrative for an hour dense with jokes, searing observation and the odd deliberate groaner. His rapid-fire delivery means you probably get more gags per minute than from any other comic at the Fringe.” - ripitup.com.au
Townes is also no stranger to performing on the outdoor comedy stages of music Festivals, including; Homebake Music Festival (Sydney), Splendour In The Grass (Byron Bay), Falls Festival (Australia wide), Southbound Music Festival (WA); and also the V Festival, Leeds Festival, and Reading Festival in the UK.
“Pound for pound, one of the best Australian stand-ups going around. The fact that his name might not be familiar is entirely your fault. He is that good. It’s like spending an hour with a mate who’s funnier, warmer and more intelligent than the ones you’ve already got." - GQ Magazine 2017
Besides constantly lighting up comedy clubs and festivals around the world, he’s also appeared on Good News Week, The Footy Show, The Comedy Channel’s Stand Up Australia and Sydney Comedy Festival’s Cracker Night, ABC TV’s Stand-Up, Comedy Train on Humour TV in the Netherlands, and also hosts The Daniel Townes Podcast, a semi regular conversation with comedians from around the world.
His first live DVD, Previously, was recorded at the Sydney Comedy Store in 2011 and is available in high definition on iTunes, or via Paypal and direct download here.