Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - In This Issue -

Hills school­boy takes the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val by storm!

15 year old Oakhill Col­lege stu­dent, Daniel Reeve, was named the win­ner of the na­tional Class Clowns

Grand Fi­nal held at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val last week. Daniel, who plays com­edy songs on his key­board, beat 14 other young performers from around the coun­try.

Class Clowns is a sec­tion of the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val that nur­tures up and com­ing tal­ent from Years 9-12. After surviving a round of heats and State fi­nals, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from each state and ter­ri­tory is picked to com­pete in the na­tional fi­nal. A num­ber of wild­cards are also cho­sen to head to Mel­bourne. Dur­ing the fi­nal, each per­former gets just 5 min­utes to do their best com­edy rou­tine.

Daniel, who plays com­edy songs on a key­board, says he re­ally en­joyed the whole ex­pe­ri­ence. He says he ad­mires peo­ple “like Tim Minchin, Bo Burn­ham, the Aunty Donna guys ... the hard­est part is practising songs for so long you’re not sure they’re funny any­more. But once you come out and play and peo­ple are laugh­ing, its OK.’

Bryn Inglis from Vic­to­ria and Vin­cent Meyrick from South Aus­tralia were judged run­ners-up. The other 11 Class Clowns fi­nal­ists were Alana Stew­ard (VIC), Anzel Van-Niek­erk (WA), Bhavika Sharma (TAS), Cal­lum Fisher (QLD), Demetri Spy­ropou­los (VIC), Jaxon Mitchell and Jamie Roberts (NT), Kate Wilkins (NSW), Lana Pi­geon (ACT), Mireille-Fran­coise Ren­zaho (NSW), Si­rak Keeghan (VIC), and Solo­man Lancini (QLD).

Pro­ducer, Wes Snelling, says Class Clowns gives “teenagers the op­por­tu­nity to jump up on stage, some for the very first time, to per­form their craft of mak­ing peo­ple laugh. And more im­por­tantly, Class

Clowns is a fo­rum to meet like­minded funny peo­ple from across Aus­tralia.”

Class Clowns alumni in­clude: Tom Bal­lard (triple j, Re­al­ity Check ABC1 and 2016 Barry Award nom­i­nee), Josh Thomas (Please Like Me ABC2) and Joel Creasey ( I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here). For more in­for­ma­tion about Class Clowns, visit: www.class­clowns.com.au.

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