Paul is best known for his comic creation Flacco whose many television credits include: GOOD NEWS WEEK, GNW NITE LITE, two SANDMAN AND FLACCO SPECIALS for the Ten network; GOOD NEWS WEEKEND, THE BIG GIG, DAAS KAPITAL, MONEY OR THE GUN, THE FAT and THE SIDESHOW for the ABC, and he was a regular on the TRIPLE J BREAKFAST program from 1994-97. FLACCO has toured extensively in Australia and internationally and is currently touring with Tim Ferguson and Paul McDermott in the reformed DOUG ANTHONY ALLSTARS playing to full houses and earning five star reviews in London and Edinburgh from 2014 – 2017. Paul’s biography/memoir of life on the road with the Allstars – D.A.A.S. THEIR PART IN MY DOWNFALL – was published by Allen & Unwin and released in November 2016. His well-received non-fiction memoir of his father’s wartime experiences, ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE, was published by Allen & Unwin, and released in November 2013.
In 2004, Paul starred in the hit stage show BINGO IN SIBERIA with the Sandman. Sell out seasons at the Sydney Cracker Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival were followed by further seasons at the Sydney Opera House, and in 2004 and 2005 at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Paul also worked as a consultant, and appeared regularly, on IN SIBERIA TONIGHT for SBS TV in 2004 and 2005. In 2010 Paul performed his solo show FLACCO GOES BEYOND THE PALE at Belvoir Street Downstairs, as part of The Summer Season. This show also toured regional NSW in 2011. In February 2015 FLACCO enjoyed a sold out season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival with, WHAT’S FUNNY ABOUT SCIENCE – A SHORT HISTORY OF TIMING.
Paul’s featuRe film acting credits include: BABE: PIG IN THE CITY, SWEETIE, UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD, CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION, DARK CITY and THE NAVIGATOR (AFI nomination for Best Supporting Actor). His theatre acting credits include THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR and AS YOU LIKE IT for the Sydney Theatre Company.
His publications include, FLACCO’S BURNT OFFERINGS 1996, published by Penguin books, who also published his first novel THE DIRT BATH in 1998. His satirical self-help guide RELEASING THE IMBECILE WITHIN was released in 2003 by Allen & Unwin. From 1998-2001 Paul was a weekly contributor to the Australian Weekend Magazine with THE FLACCO FILES, an illustrated commentary on the state of being which also appears in book form published by Allen and Unwin in 1999.
Paul later adapted his book RELEASING THE IMBECILE WITHIN into a stage show, DOUBLE EXPOSURE presented as a double bill with performer Marty Murphy at the Studio, Sydney Opera House in 2005 and performed again in 2006 at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
in 2005 Paul’s radio play HER MASTERS VOICE was adapted for the stage, and presented at Belvoir Street Theatre Winter Reading Series. It was then produced at NIDA as part of the Director’s Showcase. Also that year, Paul adapted his radio play THIS HIDEOUS PROGENY into the stage play, IT’S ALIVE! presented at the University of Wollongong.
In 2001 Neil Armfield directed Paul’s first stage play EMMA’S NOSE for Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney, which also transferred to La Boite Theatre Company in Brisbane.
From 2005 – 2011 Paul wrote nine radio plays, all produced and premiered on ABC’s Radio National Airplay program. They include: HER MASTER’S VOICE (based on the stage play) 2005, ONE EYE ON VENUS (based on the stage play) 2006, THIS HIDEOUS PROGENY 2006, GOING DOWN 2007, THE MAN UNDERGROUND (adapted from the Kenneth Cook novel), 2007 SIX WHITE BOOMERS 2008, NO PLACE LIKE HOLMES 2009, GRINNING AT THE LID 2011 and an adaption of Sonya Hartnett’s novel PRINCES in 2012.
From 2008-2011 Paul joined the writing team for Channel Ten’s GOOD NEWS WEEK for which he received five AWGIE Awards.
From 2007-2010 Paul was a co-writer on the animated feature film HAPPY FEET TWO. Paul also wrote the novelisation of the screenplay for HAPPY FEET TWO released by Penguin Books.
In 1996 Paul was the joint winner of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for outstanding achievement in the performing arts in Australia.
In 2010 Paul was a finalist for the AWG/Kit Denton Fellowship Award.
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