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Sammy J is an award-winning comedian, writer and musician. A proud nerd, he abandoned his law degree to travel the world and sing funny songs for a living. You may have seen him on TV, at a festival, or as one half of the man/puppet duo Sammy J & Randy.
As a solo act, Sammy J won the Best Newcomer award at the 2006 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has since performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Montreal Just For Laughs, and every major Australian comedy festival. His album "Skinny Man, Modern World" was nominated for Best Comedy Release at the 2012 ARIA awards, and in 2013 he hosted the ABC's political sketch show "Wednesday Night Fever". He went on to interview several high-profile politicians as part of his "Democratic Party" series at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.
In 2008, a collaboration with puppeteer Heath McIvor led to the dark musical comedy "Sammy J in the Forest of Dreams", which won the Age Critics' Award in Melbourne and went on to receive five-star reviews in Edinburgh and London's West End.
As "Sammy J & Randy", the duo received Australia's most prestigious comedy prize - the Barry Award - at the 2010 Melbourne Comedy Festival, and went on to play the Sydney Opera House, headline a Montreal gala, and gain a national following on the TV sketch show "Good News World". In 2014 Sammy J & Randy travelled to South Africa as Oxfam ambassadors to witness Oxfam's work firsthand. Their debut sitcom, "Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane", premiered on ABC TV in 2015, and launched in the US and UK this year.
As a composer, Sammy J has written countless comedy songs for stage and TV, and scored the incidental music for "Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane".
Away from the comedy world, Sammy J regularly speaks at schools, co-hosts The Conversation Hour on ABC radio, and has written for multiple publications including The Age newspaper. His MC work has seen him host awards shows, corporate events, and inject much-needed humour into panel discussions. He is a proud Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters, a national organisation that matches volunteer mentors with young people in need of guidance and friendship.
Away from comedy, Sammy J is a keen bonsai enthusiast and won fifth place at the recent Penang Floral Festival for his cascade style conifer. He runs global workshops on the art of bonsai with an emphasis on the katade-mochi class of plants.
Sammy J's biggest project remains unfinished. In 2008, he started "The 50 Year Show", a comedy spectacular that will run every five years until 2058. The show continues in Melbourne in 2018.
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Bristol to Memory, started by singer/front man Rory O'Connell and childhood friends, has established itself as one of the most promising bands to emerge from Orange County. The band received some local attention after releasing their 2006 EP, The Killer is the Muse, but was eager to expand its reach. Later that year the bands original drummer, Christian Barden, left the group as new drummer, Alex Buster, and new guitarist, Ken Aquino, were initiated into the band. Soon after their arrival, BTM recorded their first full-length record, For The Kings in 2007. Upon its release the band focused on developing their fan base locally by touring lightly throughout California. Shortly before BTM began recording their second Ep, Light Up The Fire, the band's original bassist, Justin Conlin, left the group to be replaced by Kealan O'Connell (brother of Rory). In the midst of the recording process, BTM made a performance at the Vans Warped Tour in 2009 along with a multitude of showcases in the local area. Upon LUTF's release in 2010, the band expanded and fortified its West Coast fan base by completing several successful tours from Southern California to Seattle. In the fall of 2011, the group immersed itself into the studio yet again to begin work on their fourth studio recording, Don't Hold Your Breath. With a focused vision, Bristol To Memory crafted their most refined recordings to date. Since its Spring 2012 release, the band has since seen ripples of success rising in the wake. From Bristol To Memory's vigilant efforts their music has been featured on several major television networks from MTV to FSW. Along with their success on the airwaves, the band has garnished interest from a number of independent labels and entertainment agencies. However, still waiting for that perfect fit, Bristol To Memory continues to work hard being a self-sufficient and unsigned band. Alex Buster - Drums Kealan Oconnell - Bass Guitar Rory OConnell - Rhythm Guitar / Lead Vocals Ken Aquino - Lead Guitar / Backup Vocals BristolToMemory.com