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Comedian, writer, singer, songwriter, film-maker.


Paul Anthony Michael McDermott is an Australian comedian, actor, writer, director, singer, artist and television personality.

As a comedian, he is best known both for Good News Week and for his role as a member of the musical comedy group the Doug Anthony All Stars, which disbanded in 1994 but reformed in 2014; he has also performed individually and as a part of GUD.

He has frequently appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and taken part in its two major televised productions, the Comedy Festival Gala and the Great Debate. He also hosted Good News Week until 2012, and has since pursued his painting career, and given a series of concerts featuring self-penned songs of a more serious nature.

Current Works

McDermott is a published author, having released several books both in collaboration with the Doug Anthony All Stars and individually. He has written as a columnist for a number of Australian newspapers and a selection of his columns have been compiled into a book, The Forgetting of Wisdom. He has also written and illustrated two storybooks, both of which have been adapted into short films with McDermott scripting, directing, performing and painting all of the animations.

Just want to get in touch to praise Paul McDermott on a wonderful performance as MC at our client's Gala Dinner. He was the ultimate professional and was really able to work the crowd with industry related humour for the international crowd. His performance with Paul Livingstone was awesome, and a great way to open the dinner. He certainly is the ultimate performer and was so calm on the night and able to provide improve humour to make even the boring parts of the night enjoyable. PIM Group
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