After twenty-plus years in the industry, Justin Hamilton has carved out an incredibly successful career as a stand up comedian, writer and director while maintaining his unique voice within the Australian Comedy scene.
Justin started his career back in 1994 as part of the musical comedy duo The Bunta Boys, touring all over Australia for the next five years, and supported acts as diverse as Alexei Sayle, The Doug Anthony All-Stars, Judith Lucy, Powderfinger, Sue Anne Post and The Clowns of Decadence.
After the break-up of The Bunta Boys, Justin launched his solo act at the end of 1999 and over the course of his career, has won awards for his solo stand up comedy shows including the Director’s Award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for his show Three Colours Hammo (which also won the Advertiser best show at the Adelaide Fringe). In 2008 his new show, The Killing Joke, was nominated for the Melbourne Comedy Festival top award, The Barry (named after Barry Humphries). In 2009 he wrote the play Goodbye Ruby Tuesday which starred actor Hannah Norris, with Justin in a supporting role. Chortle described it as a “…touching story as warm as it is witty, building delicately to a satisfyingly uplifting conclusion.” His one-man play The Goodbye Guy (2012) was met with unanimous praise and glowing reviews.
Justin is also the producer, curator and host of comedy variety show The Shelf. Alongside his friend, the fabulous Adam Richard, they have hosted some of the best comedians from Australia and abroad including Wil Anderson, Hannah Gadsby, Rove McManus, Tony Martin, Glenn Robbins, Celia Pacquola, Cal Wilson, Dave Hughes, Rich Hall and Andy Zaltzman.
In 2013, Justin starred in and co-produced the Comedy Channel TV show Stand Ups Sit Down, a show he hosted with guests Wil Anderson and Rove McManus. His podcast, Can You Take This Photo Please? ran from 2010 - 2017, was listened to all over the world and saw Justin interview Simon Pegg, Marc Maron, Judith Lucy, Tony Martin and US comedian Dave Anthony. He also worked on a movie podcast with Peter Helliar entitled, Helliar and Hammo Dig Flicks! where they have interviewed Steve Carrell, Joel Edgerton, Morgan Spurlock, Stephen Curry and Red Dog director Kriv Stenders.
Justin has also worked extensively in radio, most recently as a key writer for Rove’s 2DayFM breakfast show Rove & Sam. For ten years he was also the TV and movie reviewer for Perth’s number one rated Mix FM, and a regular guest on Merrick Watts’ Triple M Drive show in Sydney.
He is the head writer and regularly appears on Whovians, an ABC panel show hosted by Rove McManus that dissects and discusses the latest episodes of cult BBC show Doctor Who.
Justin still finds the time to be one of Australia’s premier stand up comedians. In 2016 he performed two brand new shows Hoot and Justin Hamilton – LIVE!, as well as performing at Just For Laughs Sydney. Justin’s 2017 show Bunta Boy was a celebration and reflection on the beginning of his comedy career.
In late 2017, Justin and Rove launched a new live show The Popular Experiment - a talk show combining interviews, stand up and performances. At the inaugural YACK Festival, he wrote, directed and starred in the premiere of a new play Three Dances with John Tilt Animus, featuring Fran Middleton and Ben Ellwood. He is currently writing and producing on Network Ten’s newest quiz show, Show Me The Movie!
"Hamilton’s shows eschew traditional structures and standard subject matter. His work consistently challenges his audiences, asking important questions about history, truth, death and identity. It reveals a razor-sharp intellect and fearless questing heart. His humour is dangerous, offering perspectives that can be frightening in scope and intent."
The Arts Monthly, Tim Ferguson
“Hamilton resists the easy laugh lines that are the staple of stand-up and that are instantly forgotten. Instead, the show is memorably, blisteringly funny, and poignant at times."
The Australian, Penny Durham
“An unforgettable performance... his jokes are intelligent, witty and very entertaining. You should not miss this. Absolute stand out. 5 stars.” Adelaide Advertiser
"It's an intelligent, crafted work from a man whose deft use of stage and microphone create a multi-layered experience with an array of colourful characters"
The Herald Sun
“A fluent and unique delivery coupled with delicate material makes this a special hour”