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“Instantly likeable, Bennett is a deft storyteller with a frank, confessional style that blends pathos and humour to great effect. ????½” – Uptown Magazine

“The audience is spellbound, laughing, gasping, allowing their emotions to be played upon.” “Gut-wrenchingly good – Bennett is a master storyteller. ????” – Time Out Magazine

“Jon Bennett is such a warm and charismatic performer he turns one of the most puerile concepts into something quite special indeed. ????” - Hairline Reviews, Edinburgh

“at the end of this hilarious and thoughtful hour, no one seems to want to leave the room. ????” – Edmonton Journal

“true brilliance ????” – Vue Weekly

“Bennett has a near-mystical ability to spin a yarn, bringing characters and places to vivid life.” – The Skinny, Edinburgh

“Part travelogue, part personal adventure, Bennett tells these stories engagingly, swinging nicely between the hilarious and the sublime.” – Fest Magazine, Edinburgh

“One of the best storytellers you’re ever likely to see.” – Squirrel Comedy

“The bad-travel stories of Bill Bryson, the familial weirdness of Augusten Burroughs, the sharp wit of David Sedaris and slides that range from the bizarre to the ridiculously hilarious.” – CBC Manitoba

“Delightful and enthralling” – Australian Comedy Review

“Jon is smart, funny, engaging and talented.” – The Herald Sun

“A refreshing change. Delightful stuff.” – Rip It Up Magazine

“the indisputable fact that if your inner schoolboy needs a giggle, Jon Bennett is your messiah.” – UQ Events Arts & Entertainment

“You will be so comfortable laughing, you probably won’t notice.” – The Advertiser

“You see, the show is about more than Jon telling funny stories on stage. It is the beginning of a friendship in which you are his confidant. It is why after the show he invites you to have a beer with him, and why I feel comfortable calling him by his first name.”- Newshit Magazine

“It needs to be seen to be believed”
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is not your average run-of-the-mill comedy show.”
“Ever get the feeling you’re being played with by a prankster with Andy Kaufman sensibilities?”– RHUM Magazine

“Bennett is a natural storyteller and will have you completely engrossed” – Montreal Mirror

“Jon Bennett is compellingly watchable, and a comedic delight.” – Indyish.com

“Has all the elements – high comedy, high drama and a dynamite delivery that not even a hyena and a ringing cellphone can derail.” – “Young Jon is not well. But what an imagination. He will leave audiences convulsing for the right reasons and will leave them still with sobering family insights for the right reasons as well.” – Bill Brownstein, The Montreal Gazette
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Jon Bennett began his comedy career doing stand up and soon had many successes comedy competitions around Australia including Triple J’s Raw Comedy, Green Faces and Laughing Gas.

In 2006 he turned to television and radio. Jon began writing and acting for the sketch television show The Ugly Stick. The Ugly Stick received a fantastic response from both the general public and the press receiving 8 nominations in the National Antenna Awards 2006, receiving 3 awards including Best Comedy. His Radio Show of the same name also won the SYN Award for Best Comedy.

Bennett also wrote, acted and hosted C31 TV’s Barnaby Flowers Comeback Special, A Time To Talk, and Bumper Bonanza. All three shows were incredibly popular, Comeback Special receiving the National Antenna Award for Best Live Show.

In 2007/2008 Jon decided to change his comedy approach to a more confessional, storytelling style. He hosted and performed in the popular, Northcote Storytelling. His performances were so well received, he was asked to become the resident host for the entire second season.

Jon then took his talents around the world in ’09 and created Internet photographic phenomenon: “Pretending Things Are a Cock” which has now spawned a successful book, exhibition and live performance. Bennett toured all around Australia and Internationally with numerous performances in cities all around America, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Montreal, Vancouver and New York City (where he has performed on a number of occasions at the World renowned ‘Moth Storytelling’),

Jon Bennett returned to Australia in 2010 to perform sold out shows of “Pretending Things Are a Cock” and “Storytelling with Jon Bennett” for the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Bennett then headed back abroad for performances in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, LA and for the Vancouver and Montreal Fringe Festivals, where he performed to more sell out audiences and his show received a Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy nomination.

Jon’s 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Show has had more sold out shows than ever and the Pretending Things are a Cock Book became a perennial best seller in book stores around Melbourne. During this time he continued to entertain audiences at numerous storytelling and comedy performances.

Most recently, Jon headed back abroad to do shows in LA, Vancouver and Edmonton to perform at the renowned Edmonton Fringe Festival, performing to sell out audiences and receiving glowing reviews. He was then selected to take part in the 2011/2012 Falls Festival where he performed to more packed houses.

In April this year Jon presented his all new show called ‘My Dad’s Deaths’ at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This incredibly personal storytelling show had an amazing response from audiences and great reviews from critics. Jon took this show to Montreal in June for the Montreal Fringe where he was nominated for a second time for the Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy. He then ventured to the Winnipeg Fringe where PTAAC recieved a Best of the Fest tag.

In August this year Jon headed to the World Renowned Edinburgh Fringe where he was chosen to perform at the one of the festival’s most popular venues, The Pleasance Courtyard. This resulted in more sell out crowds and great reviews.

“Instantly likeable, Bennett is a deft storyteller with a frank, confessional style that blends pathos and humour to great effect. ????½” – Uptown Magazine

“The audience is spellbound, laughing, gasping, allowing their emotions to be played upon.” “Gut-wrenchingly good – Bennett is a master storyteller. ????” – Time Out Magazine

“Jon Bennett is such a warm and charismatic performer he turns one of the most puerile concepts into something quite special indeed. ????” - Hairline Reviews, Edinburgh

“at the end of this hilarious and thoughtful hour, no one seems to want to leave the room. ????” – Edmonton Journal

“true brilliance ????” – Vue Weekly

“Bennett has a near-mystical ability to spin a yarn, bringing characters and places to vivid life.” – The Skinny, Edinburgh

“Part travelogue, part personal adventure, Bennett tells these stories engagingly, swinging nicely between the hilarious and the sublime.” – Fest Magazine, Edinburgh

“One of the best storytellers you’re ever likely to see.” – Squirrel Comedy

“The bad-travel stories of Bill Bryson, the familial weirdness of Augusten Burroughs, the sharp wit of David Sedaris and slides that range from the bizarre to the ridiculously hilarious.” – CBC Manitoba

“Delightful and enthralling” – Australian Comedy Review

“Jon is smart, funny, engaging and talented.” – The Herald Sun

“A refreshing change. Delightful stuff.” – Rip It Up Magazine

“the indisputable fact that if your inner schoolboy needs a giggle, Jon Bennett is your messiah.” – UQ Events Arts & Entertainment

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