Marty Lappan was born funny to a family of radio/TV hosts and musicians, who quickly recognised his unique take on reality and (what?) rules as an entertainer’s gift! Marty himself didn’t realise how much natural talent he had until he bit the bullet and pushed himself on stage at St Kilda’s famous and iconic ‘Espy’ Esplanade Hotel in the mid-nineties. He was cutting his comedy teeth among the household names of Hughesy, Dave O’Neil, Greg Fleet, and the irrepressible and sorely missed Dave Grant. This amazing talent pool provided a springboard to successful gigs at all the major Melbourne comedy clubs and beyond, including guest spots on Hughesy and friends Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) show, among others.
Within a year of his comedy debut, Marty had teamed up with good mate Chris Franklin to perform their own MICF show: The Bushie and the Bogan. Their shows had rave reviews and sell out audiences in Melbourne, and again at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. They toured nationally, and crowned their success by writing and performing the acclaimed share-house comedy A Room with a View at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
The corporate world soon heard about him. Marty has performed for companies as diverse as Australia Post (Philatelists Division), RAAF, Australian Army, Australian Navy, Toyota, St Kilda Football Club, as well as Grand Final Breakfasts for the Richmond and Melbourne Football Clubs (not on the same day!)
Performing stand-up is Marty’s first love, but he also has an impressive range of TV credits to his name, i.e. Hey Hey It’s Saturday, The Russell Gilbert Show, The James O’Loghlin Show, Full Frontal, Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules, and Headliners, as well as the Comedy Channel and YouTube. Marty’s radio gigs include Lappan It Up,The Shed, and Sports Unlimited.
Live theatre also found it’s way into Marty’s repertoire as he played three characters in the cult classic and award winning He Died with a Falafel in His Hand.
Marty’s international work has included performances at world famous venues such as The London Comedy Store, the Jongleurs circuit of comedy rooms, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
As a performer, Marty has a unique understanding of all aspects of running the best of nights! He proved that in the late-oughties by running successful comedy rooms across Melbourne, calling on his enormous circle of talented mates, and mentoring up and coming comedy talent, passing on valuable lessons from experience. His comedy rooms were magnets for the best performers and it showed. He knows how to make people laugh!
Marty’s enjoying his current circuit of stand up gigs in the far north, and planning tours to nearby Asia….and beyond!