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Rod
Quantock

Comic treasure and prominent environmental activist.

Profile

Rod Quantock is one of the reasons that Melbourne is the live comedy capital of Australia. As a pioneer of stand-up comedy, Rod has more than fifty years’ experience working in cabaret, theatre, television and radio.

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.

The truly remarkable thing about Rod is that for that time he has remained a contemporary stand-up comedian, evolving and staying at the forefront of the craft. His contribution was rewarded when he received the 2004 Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award, putting him in the company of such arts luminaries as Robyn Nevin, Nick Enright & Paul Grabowsky.

In 2015 Rod was recognized with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his service to the performing arts, and to conservation and sustainability. He has also received an 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.

To celebrate Rod’s 50th year of performing stand-up, he returned with a brand-new show Happy Birthday to Me at the Arts Centre as part of the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

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Rod was absolutely fantastic, the kids loved him and I thought he was perfect for this event. 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.

Timboon and District Healthcare Service

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.

ARRB Transport Research

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.

Armidale Dumaresq Council

Rod was absolutely fantastic - he engaged the audience and covered the specific topic brilliantly.

Environmental Health Australia

Excellent. Great short stint that was punchy and to the point. Great guy and easy to deal with.

DG Global Events

Rod was briefed on what we wanted and he gave an excellent delivery. Not many speakers would have been able to do that.

Swinburne University

Rod's presentation was outstanding! He was topical, well informed and hilarious. We could not have been happier!

Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand

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.

The Canberra Times

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.

Australian Stage Review

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.

The Pun

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.

David Hood & Associates

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.

Cigna Insurance Australia Ltd

Rod's meticulous attention to detail was fantastic. His ability to warm up a crowd was unique and quite invaluable.

Minter Ellison Solicitors

His involvement was a highlight... a magnificent job of making everyone feel welcome, of 'breaking the ice' between strangers and hosting the evening.

The Epilepsy Foundation

His keynote was all we could hope for and far more... it helped set new standards for others to aim for.

Department of State & Regional Development

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.

Lend Lease

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.

International RiverFoundation

He’s a classic.

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