Award winning comedian Jesse Griffin returned to New Zealand in 2010 after 15 years working in the UK and Australia and has quickly cemented himself as one of New Zealand’s best comedic talents.
Jesse was a member of The 4 Noels, an Australian based comic trio that from 1997 to 2007 toured NZ, Australia and the UK. Their high energy brand of physical comedy earned them sell-out seasons, critical acclaim and a number of awards and accolades including the Edinburgh Spirit of the Fringe Award, best comedy awards at the Melbourne and Wellington Fringe Festivals, and a Moosehead Award and two Barry Award nominations from the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Jesse turned his hand to solo stand up in 2010 and his first ever gig in London just happened to be alongside Milton Jones, Rich Hall, Ed Byrne, and Glenn Wool. His understated delivery and clever observational humour has seen him become a regular performer on TV3’s hit panel show 7 Days and at the Classic Comedy Bar in Auckland. In 2013 he toured the country as part of The New Zealand International Comedy Festival’s roadshow “The Comedy Convoy”.
If you think you recognize his face from somewhere else it may be because he played the role of Chich in the Australian cult TV series “Last Man Standing” a few years ago. He was also the comedic force & face behind the Instant Kiwi’s ‘It Pays to Push Your Luck’ campaign which was voted one of the “Best Ads” at the Fair Go peoples choice ad awards in 2012.
In the last four years Jesse has directed a number of comedy shows both here and in Australia including 3 shows by Melbourne Comic Asher Treleaven winning the Age Critics Award, a Barry Award Nomination and also a coveted Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for best newcomer.
A sought-after comedy director, writer and actor, Jesse is developing a number of TV projects for air in 2014.