Class clown’s turn to shine

Meet Australia’s funniest 15 year-old.

Daniel Reeve from West Pennant Hills has been named the winner of the national Class Clowns Grand Final at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

The Oakhill College year ten student who plays comedy songs on his keyboard, endured several heats to beat 14 other young performers from around the country, walking away with $1500 prize money.

His comedic talent is self-taught. “I watch comedians on Netflix, people like Tim Minchin who’s my favourite. I’ve studied them almost scientifically to work out timing, intonation and pausing.”

Though only one and a half decades old, he’s managed to find material from daily life as well, with supermarket checkout conveyor belts, the Bible and OCD behaviours all coming under his witty, self-deprecating scrutiny.

“For the competition I played a song on the piano which is meant to be a love song but I have outbursts all the way though because this girl isn’t reciprocating.”

Class Clowns is a section of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival that nurtures up and coming talent from Years nine to 12. During the final, each performer gets just five minutes to do their best comedy routine in front of a 1,000-strong audience.

Daniel plans to come back when he’s 18 and try his hand in the adult section of the competition. Catch his winning performance on the Monthly Chronicle website www.monthlychronicle.com.au.

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