Rod Quantock is a pioneer of Australian comedy with more than forty-five years in stand-up, cabaret, theatre, television and radio. He is the only comedian to have performed at the first 30 Melbourne International Comedy Festivals and one of the few - perhaps the only - to be awarded an Order of Australia for his work. It is not hyperbole to say that he is an Australian legend.
Rod is known first and foremost as a very funny man but his reach extends beyond comedy into political and social activism. A passionate environmental activist and advocate for social justice, he lobs Molotov cocktails of mirth at the most serious of subjects. When you see Rod Quantock in action, you can be sure he’ll be talking about something of substance; he just may be holding a rubber chicken.
For his trouble, Rod has received numerous awards over his 45 year career, but he’s perhaps most proud of his 2015 Order of Australia, his 2004 Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award (putting him in the company of such arts luminaries as Geoffrey Rush, Robyn Nevin, Nick Enright, Lucy Guerin and Paul Grabowsky) and his Honorary Associate Fellowship at the Institute of Sustainability at Melbourne University for his contribution to the environmental debate in this country. His career and contribution are unparalleled.
Rod’s performing career began with a low profile 1954 appearance in the West Coburg Baptist Church’s Nativity Play. He played the role of the Guiding Star. He’s been guiding audiences in the Quantock world-view ever since. The remarkable thing about Rod’s long career is that he has remained a contemporary stand-up comedian, evolving and staying at the forefront of the craft.
Rod was absolutely fantastic, the kids loved him and I thought he was perfect for this event. ... keep reading Here For Life
A very relaxed speaker obviously listened to other speaker as made reference to their topics. Made very poignant observations regarding the frustrating complexity of modern life. A very talented comedian and social commentator who managed to entertain the audience for the entirety of the night. Approachable and amiable.
He did an amazing job on the night. We had a lot of good feedback from delegates. Best speaker we have had for a while.
Rod was great at engaging the audience by asking them to participate, but also presented a strong message about climate change. His presentations style was unique, and he had the audience in stitches from the outset.
Rod was absolutely fantastic - he engaged the audience and covered the specific topic brilliantly.
Excellent. Great short stint that was punchy and to the point. Great guy and easy to deal with.
Rod was briefed on what we wanted and he gave an excellent delivery. Not many speakers would have been able to do that.
Rod's presentation was outstanding! He was topical, well informed and hilarious. We could not have been happier!
Rod is the refreshing word on climate change... he has found a way through the science, the economics, the politics, and the apathy. His formidable knowledge is slathered in wit.
You'll learn some great tips for rebuttal when it comes to the deniers and the do-nothings polluting the climate change debate. Rod says everything you want to say. Everything you want to scream. He's right, but 'Bugger The Polar Bears - This Is Serious' is more than just catharsis for greenies. Much more.
In today's world it's important to learn, but it's equally important to laugh. Quantock had us doing both with wit, character and knowledge. He is current, relevant, honest and hilariously brutal.
Rod brought a new look to the most serious issue of our time. He is knowledgeable and entertaining at the same time. An excellent presentation that had the audience's total attention. He was really committed to our event and stayed right to the end fielding questions and enjoying the company. Well done.
We have received a number of rave reviews from our clients. We sincerely thank Rod for his involvement from pre-dinner drinks to the comedy spot and his MC role.
Rod's meticulous attention to detail was fantastic. His ability to warm up a crowd was unique and quite invaluable.
His involvement was a highlight... a magnificent job of making everyone feel welcome, of 'breaking the ice' between strangers and hosting the evening.
His keynote was all we could hope for and far more... it helped set new standards for others to aim for.
Rod's style of humour was enjoyed by international delegates from the USA and UK and local delegates alike. His quick wit and insight made for an enjoyable evening.
All our feedback on Rod has been extremely positive. I had several people come up to me on the night and say that he was a great MC and that it was nice to come to an event and have a someone who was involved and made it a good night for all. I feel that he got the right measure of the audience, made sure that the night flowed well, worked really well with everyone on stage and made sure everyone was comfortable and having a good time. We've had no negative feedback and he did a great job and helped make the night memorable and enjoyable.
He’s a classic.