Anthony Ackroyd (MC)
Anthony defines his mission as being “To help as many people as possible have amazingly happy and successful lives by teaching them how to use the power of humour, laughter and creativity to their advantage.” In a stellar career spanning over three decades he has done just that as comedian, speaker and seminar leader.
Anthony rose to fame on the ABC’s legendary comedy show The Big Gig and has performed in over one hundred TV programs, radio shows and feature films (he was even a question on Wheel of Fortune!). Anthony is currently a cast member of Australia’s highest rating radio comedy show Thank God It’s Friday.
Anthony’s quest to help people through laughter led him to spend several years as a clown-doctor, bringing the benefits of humour to sick children in hospitals. He has also worked as a humour therapist with people with dementia and disability. He is considered a leading authority on the practical applications of humour and laughter in business, heath, education and relationships.
The culmination of all this experience has been Anthony’s transformation into “The Laugh Coach”. Anthony is now an in-demand keynote speaker and workshop leader who teaches people in business how to increase productivity and profitability through the skilful use of humour, laughter and positive energy. The tangible results Anthony is helping businesses achieve are exceptional and he makes the process of achieving those results a lot of fun.
Anthony’s presentations are laugh packed and packed with incredibly valuable information for any business wishing to take their results to a higher level by having people energised, engaged, inspired and uplifted through the power of humour, laughter and applied positivity.
Anthony the writer…
Anthony spent two years writing for a US sitcom, a spinoff of Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura movies. He wrote the sitcom pilot Anthony for the ABC and wrote and starred in his own episode of the ABC’s Smallest Room in The House. He was chosen to write the Australian version of the West End hit Girls Night Out.
Anthony is a screenwriter, professional editor and script doctor for film and TV. He has written monologue and music for his one man shows including Anthony Ackroyd in His Own Little World, Ecstasy and How to Get It, The Fruit of My Lions, and At Last The Truth about Everything.
Anthony is a regular contributor to print media. His feature articles have appeared in publications such as Vogue, Life Etc, Studio, The Age, Good Taste, and Good Weekend. He is recognised as an expert writer on the social impacts of comedy and several of his articles on that subject have recently been published in the Sydney Morning Herald.