You might have seen David Quirk recently in Rosehaven, Celia Pacquola and Luke Mcgreggor's acclaimed Tasmanian ABC series where he played the awkward but oddly lovely character of Damian. Or maybe it was as Josh Thomas’ love interest in Please Like Me. If not there, perhaps it was with Sam Simmons in the ABC TV series Problems, or ABC1’s Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane.
Stand-up comedian and actor David Quirk has definitely cemented his place on our TV screens and as an original voice on the international comedy circuit, with hit live shows in Australia and the UK.
His break-through show, Shaking Hands With Danger, a storytelling tale about infidelity, took out the coveted peer voted award for best show – The Piece of Wood Award – at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and was nominated for Best Comedy at the Sydney Comedy Festival. The show also ran successful seasons in both London and Edinburgh. His follow up, Career, Suicide in 2014, also garnered great reviews and has consolidated David’s place as one of our most interesting, honest and daring standups.
In 2015, David premiered his eagerly awaited show Thrasher – a pop-up site specific show performed in the actual skateboard shop where he has worked for most of his adult life. He followed this up with Approaching Perfection in 2016, a unanimous four-star show that toured the country and the UK: "His observations are revealing, his realisations endearing – Quirk is a comic not to be missed." The Skinny(UK)
In addition to his numerous successful solo shows, David has co-created and performed in two award-winning collaborations: The Incident, a bromantic comedy with Sam Simmons, for which he won the Golden Gibbo Award at Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2010. He went on to win the Innovation in Theatre Award at Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2011 for Bunny, written by Benjamin Cittadini and performed with Craig Peade.
“A triumphant show." ★★★★ Chortle
“An intelligent hour of comedy that’s both funny and philosophical, full of uncomfortable truths, black humour, and brutal honesty." ★★★★The Age
“Witty, intelligent… The jokes may be wry, but the huge grins in the audience are not." ★★★★ Arts Hub
“This show has enough darkness to enjoy from start to finish." ★★★★ Rip It Up