Born February 3, 1971 in Orbost, Victoria, Gabriel's family moved to Melbourne when Gabriel was only one year old. Even as a young child, Gabriel would entertain his sister's friends when they came around, but he didn't do his first public performance until the age of 10, at a school camp, where he recited a fifteen minute-long "Cheech and Chong" sketch. The performance was so popular that there was an encore performance at school assembly later that week to a huge response.
However, after that initial success, Gabriel left the world of comedy only to return fifteen years later. I t was mid 96 when he made his first appearance as a stand-up comic on the gruelling Melbourne pub circuit. This time he was “all grown up” and was using his own material! It wasn't too long before Gabriel was finding his feet and growing in stature. Realising that he found his passion in life, Gabriel focussed very heavily on his comedy by watching the local acts and learning the intricate rules about being funny.
By early 1998, Gabriel had reached the state final of the Triple J Raw Comedy Competition. The competition was tough. The winner that year was Chris Franklin, who has since gone on to have a number one hit single with "Bloke"! 1998 proved to be the year in which Gabriel Rossi came of age. It was during this year that he became one of Melbourne's premier acts, regularly MC’ing comedy nights and appearing as a Headline act at all the major comedy venues.
In early 1999, Gabriel had a brief stint on breakfast radio on TTFM, where he was performing song parodies live on air. The Champagne Comedy program on Channel 31 commenced in June and Gabriel is the performer most regularly used on this program. Long-running Channel 31 program, The Comic Box also utilised Gabriel to host their program.
In 2000, Gabriel put on his first Melbourne International Comedy Festival show called "Melbourne - the Musical." The show was a runaway success and received rave reviews. In May 2000, Gabriel reverted back to his Italian/Calabrese roots and began touring Australia with Joe Avati. Along with Joe, he performed to the Italian communities in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and country Victoria, and was very well received. Having had success in the mainstream market, Gabriel relished the challenge and was reborn as an Italo-Australian comic. In other words, he found a new string to his bow and ran with it.
Since 2001 Gabriel has achieved the status of a headline act throughout Australia nad has remained so to date. Since releasing his frist CD "Mama's Boy" he followed it up with a comedy single entitled "Melbourne Suburbs Medley" in 2002 and the highly acclaimed "Live @ The Comic's Lounge" in 2003. In 2005 he was part of the "Show Us Your Roots" tour and was subsequently included on the DVD of the same title which was released later that year.
Gabriel is also a prominent worker on the corporate scene where he has entertained many companies such as ANZ, Carlton Football Club, Visa, IBM, Melbourne Football Club, AFL and many more.
The future holds more travelling as Gabriel is about to embark upon his third tour of the UK and also many more theatre shows following on from the success of his shows at The Darebin Arts Centre and The Clocktower Centre to name a couple.
Gabriel received a 5-star review for his 2004 Melbourne International Comedy Festival show "Reservoir Wogs" from the Herald-Sun and in 2006, following Gabriel's MICF show "Gift of the Gab" was lauded as "offering witty and candid perceptions of sexist and racist behaviour" and "refreshingly new" from The Age Online. Gabriel Rossi continues to work on his next offering and looks forward to the challenge ahead in what is now over ten years as a comedian.
Q: How did someone so boringly normal get into stand-up?
A: Because there's nothing normal about Gabriel's view of the world.
Gabriel commenced performing stand-up on the Melbourne circuit in June 1996. Since then he has become one of Melbourne's premier comedians. Gabriel's style is uniquely his own. He enjoys being satirical with song parodies and sharp-tongued about social issues. A cheeky presence on stage and a boyish charm allows him to push the envelope without losing his audience. It tends to be a case of "how can you take this cheeky guy seriously?"
Unlike a lot of comedians, Gabriel had a fairly normal upbringing. His childhood was easy. He never drank or took illegal substances, there was no major trauma for him as a child and, to say the least, very normal. Which leads us to the burning question - How did someone so boringly normal get into stand-up? A: Because there's nothing normal about Gabriel's view of the world.
In a street press article, Gabriel was once quoted as "having the ability to make the most obvious demographic facts into the funniest song parody." This is demonstrated by Gabriel's Melbourne suburb songs to famous tunes, which has had Melbourne audiences in stitches for some time. Gabriel's stand up is "in your face" as quoted by the press. His blunt approach on social issues is uncompromising and very funny. Gabriel always likes to tell it as it is. Honestly - and brutally so with hilarious results.
Gabriel's experiences as an Australian-born Italian are expressed as never before. Who else would joke about the fact that his parents gave him money even though he earns more than they do? Gabriel then went off and married an Australian girl, which inspired his original song "Aussie Wife Blues" which is a side-splitter.
Gabriel's versatility has seen him working in several mediums such as radio (TTFM, Triple M, Triple R, Fox, SBS Radio & Community Radio) as well as TV (Channel 31). Gabriel has performed in most major venues in Melbourne and Sydney and has toured Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Gabriel likes to avail himself to do charity comedy shows wherever possible and enjoys working for community-based media. Corporate functions are also very much a part of Gabriel's workload, as are private functions such as weddings, birthdays, social events, etc.
Gabriel has turned his hand to acting and will be pursuing this field further in 2001. His ambition is to gain recognition, not just in his beloved Australia, but also in the US and abroad. Gabriel may be touring in your city in the near future. Checkout the list of tour dates.
The Lygon Factor Channel 31 (Oct - Dec 05)
Channel 31 - Melbourne
Host of Comic Box 1999-2001
Champagne Comedy - regular appearance performing live at the Armadale Hotel
Channel 9 - Footy Show
Brief appearance plugging Melbourne Comedy Festival Show - March 2000
Regular guest on The Party Show 3RRR
TTFM - Breakfast radio - Jan - Mar 99
Triple M - on-air interview - Douggie & Dunstall Show - Mar 00
Triple M - guest spot - Crud Show - Dec 99
Austereo - Comedy Grabs - ongoing
3RRR - guest spot - Party Show - April 00
Sport 927 - guest spot with Simon O'Donnell & Kevin Bartlett - Jan 00
Laugh FM - regular guest spots throughout 2000
SBS Radio - guest host - March 2000
Joe Avati tour - Australia 2004 & 2006
Joe Avati in the UK tour - 2003, 2005 & 2006.
Italiafest from March - August 2006.
Support for Joe Avati's "Dole-Cheque Vita" tour 2000
Support for Joe Avati's "Lock up your Nonna" tour 2001
Support Role in "Mr Average" scheduled for release in 2001
MAJOR COMEDY SHOWS
2002 MICF show Let Lygons be Lygons
Xmas 2002 - A Very Woggy Xmas @ The Comic's Lounge
Xmas 2003 - A Very Woggy Xmas @ The Comic's Lounge
2004 MICF show Reservoir Wogs
July 2004 - Reservoir Wogs, Darebin Arts Centre
Xmas 2004 - A Very Woggy Xmas also featuring Simon Palomares and George Kapiniaris
2005 MICF show Show Us Your Roots
2005 Cracker Comedy Festival Sydney
Show Us Your Roots
Joe Dolce 25th anniversary show
July 2005 - 3 Mama's Boys also featuring Simon Palomares & George Kapiniaris
Xmas 2005 - A Very Woggy Xmas also featuring Simon Palomares and George Kapiniaris
2006 MICF show Gift of the Gab
2006 Cracker Comedy Festival Show
Gift of the Gab
Italiafest @ The Enmore
Italiafest - Crown Casino - January 2000 & January 2001
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Show "Melbourne - the Musical" - April 2000
Mama's Boy CD - 2001
Melbourne Suburbs Medley CD - 2002
Live @ The Comic's Lounge CD - 2003
Show Us Your Roots DVD - 2005
Mama's Boy CD - April 2001 release
(recorded live at the Athenaeum Theatre & Reggio Calabria Club in Melbourne)