Brad Oakes decision to take up professional stand-up comedy in 1989 has since seen him evolve into a popular and versatile performer, a veteran of thousands of shows, television appearances and other media.
Despite this recognised status and list of achievements he constantly strives to continue perfecting his performances, adding to his extensive repertoire as he goes.
His take on comedy is that it will be best for the audience if they can “see jokes through his eyes” and accordingly takes time to craft his material. His technique incorporates adapting his speaking to match whichever audience he is working to entertain. This resultant ‘natural style’ translates to create an access to his humour that makes crowds listen and shut out the outside world.
Highly respected amongst his peers throughout the country he is often called to consult on or direct them in their shows. He has acted as a mentor on behalf of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and various Performing Arts Bodies. He is also a popular ‘Corporate Act’, with an authority that sees him equally comfortable before captains of industry and workers alike.
“He is dry, cynical and funny…[an] extremely proficient stand-up comic” Melbourne Age
“His relaxed manner…makes you feel like you’re listening to a funny friend.” The Adelaide Advertiser