Across two decades, Shaun Micallef has gone from bit player to comedic treasure, beloved as much for his absurdist antics as for his biting satire. Chris Taylor sits down with the comedian, writer and bon vivant to discuss a career that spans an early stint practising insurance law and TV shows Full Frontal, The Micallef P(r)ogram(me) and the eleven-season-strong MAD AS HELL. His newest book, Mad as Hell and Back: A Silver Jubilee of Sketches by Shaun Micallef and Gary McCaffrie, takes readers behind the scenes of the best loved sketches of his career.

Supported by Willoughby City Council.

Shaun Micallef (Australian)

Shaun Micallef

After several years of practising law, Shaun Micallef threw it all away for a life in comedy and television. Since ’94 he has graced Aussie screens in shows such as Full Frontal, Sea Change, the short-loved but brilliant Micallef Tonight and the immensely popular Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation – to name but a few. He has been nominated for a number of AFI, Logie, AACTA, Auggie and Director’s Guild awards and even won some of them. He enjoys wind farming and has written six books. Oh yes, and he also does a show called Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell.

Chris Taylor (Australian)

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor is a writer, performer and broadcaster who's best known as a member of The Chaser team, responsible for tv comedy shows such as CNNNN and The Chaser's War on Everything. More recently, he was the creator, co-writer and producer of the critically acclaimed drama Upright for Foxtel. He's just signed a 6-figure deal with Hardie Grant to write his very first tweet, expected to be published in 2028.