Featured Collaborator: Gerry Connolly
Gerry Connolly is an accomplished Australian comedian, actor, impressionist and pianist best known for his satirical caricatures of public figures, including Margaret Thatcher, Bill Collins, Sir Joh Bjelke Petersen, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Dame Joan Sutherland and, of course, Her Majesty The Queen. He has said that the hardest character to perform is himself.
With a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Gerry is an accomplished pianist who has performed with many of Australia's major orchestras.
Gerry Connolly is recognised nationally from his appearances at prestigious functions as well as his television work. He has meddled in television since The Gerry Connolly Show in 1988 via Fast Forward to playing eccentric Headmaster Griffin in ABC’s Dead Gorgeous. Along the way, Connolly has surprised the likes of Bert Newton, Molly Meldrum and Brian Henderson in celebrity roasts, and guested on Kath and Kim 2 as Merrill Streep (no relation). Most recently Gerry filmed the role of Reginald Valpy in the ABC telemovie Mystery Of A Hansom Cab.
Gerry has made guest appearances on television programmes including Live and Sweaty, Tonight Live, Hey Hey Its Saturday, Fast Forward and Good News Week. He has also amused audiences with performances at the AFI Awards, TV Week Logie Awards and numerous comedy festivals. Gerry has regular satirical commentary spots for ABC Radio Current Affairs.
His impersonations and comedy have been appreciated by many over the years through his own shows, including Gerry Connolly - Alone Or With Others for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and ICONNOLLY for the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Ten years ago Gerry ran away with the circus in the form of La Clique in the first instance, and subsequently La Soiree. Incarnations in The Famous Spiegeltent and theatrical venues have seen appearances in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Brisbane, Hobart, Auckland, London, Blackpool, Edinburgh and Paris.
Connolly has featured in productions for the Melbourne Theatre Company including Cyrano de Bergerac, Tomfoolery, Urinetown, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Lady Windermere’s Fan and Little Murders; the Sydney Theatre Company (Summer Rain and Once in a Lifetime); Queensland Theatre Company (The Marriage of Figaro) and Essgee Productions (The Pirates of Penzance). 2013 saw his remarkable characterisation of Mrs Nelly Dean in shake & stir’s monumental staging of Wuthering Heights. He has appeared in the role of The Captain in Opera Australia’s production of Anything Goes, and in the role of Marcus Lycus in The Gordon Frost Organisation’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
The role of "Mahoney" in the Melbourne Theatre Company's 1999 production of Arturo Ui earned Gerry a Green Room Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 1993 Gerry featured in a dramatic role as Sir Joh Bjelke-Peterson in the ABC TV mini-series Joh's Jury. He also had a major role in the Australian film The Real Macaw (released in 2000).
Gerry Connolly is in demand here and abroad for one-off appearances in character: launching a train, enlivening a corporate dinner, or opening an envelope. He peppers these vignettes with witty observations and real-time conversations with his disbelieving audience.