by Jack Levi aka Elliot Goblet
Being a comedian has taken me into a lot of directions over the years and the long list follows…
- Predictably doing standup comedy at public venues is how I started as a comedian and in my early days I had lots of trial and error experiences at places like Melbourne’s Last Laugh and Sydney’s Comedy Store.
- Corporate/business events have dominated my nearly 34 years in the industry. As an MC or doing a comedy spot I have appeared at over 1500 of these events. It has been a mix of conferences, product launches, lunches, dinners and end of year parties.
- Weddings have become more common for me over the last 5 years and mostly I am hired as a wedding MC to ensure that the guests are properly entertained for the duration of the reception
- Some people hire comedians to entertain at birthday parties and I have done 21sts right up to 71sts. I have been hired by the birthday person or by somebody else who uses me as a surprise for the birthday person.
- Standup comedy spots on national television have been a big part of my life and through my over 60 spots I have had huge exposure to the Australian public. Hey Hey It’s Saturday in particular was a regular exposer of my comedy bits.
- Because of my exposure through performances as a comedian on television I was used for many TV commercials and corporate videos. With commercials I advertised food, cars, furniture, newspapers and cleaning products just to name a few.
- Television cameo roles are always fun and I have appeared on many shows like Neighbours, Burke’s Backyard and Pizza.
- My film cameo roles have been in “Fat Pizza” and “Housos Versus Authority” and both were enjoyable experiences.
- Overseas travel is also possible with my job and I was delighted to be one of the Australian comedians used for an 8 week tour of America in 1989. In that same year I performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival and that was a buzz. With corporate performances added I have worked in 8 countries as a comedian.
- In terms of regular exposure I had a weekly segment on the TV current affairs show “Hinch” where I did a humourous review of the week’s news in 1988/1989.
- Being a comedian I was the host of the Qantas in flight audio comedy channel on all domestic and international flights for 18 months.
- I have supported local and overseas artists and it was a thrill for me to support both Paul Anka and the band America.
- Over the years I have had a variety of merchandise including an Aria nominated CD “internally berserk” and a best selling book “Business According To Goblet”. More recently I have released socks, a steel drink bottle and CD “goblet’s greatest bits”.
Apart from that I have done many charity events and worked in large venues like Sydney Entertainment Centre, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Burswood Casino and Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.