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The Russell Prize is awarded for the work judged to be the best book of humour writing by an Australian author. Light or dark, fun or farce, published works of fiction, memoir, poetry and verse are considered for the biennial $10,000 prize. Join us for a night of laughs as we hear hilarious readings from some of Australia’s funniest people followed by the announcement of this years winner.
The Prize was established at the bequest of Peter Wentworth Russell to celebrate, recognise and encourage humorous writing, and to promote public interest in this genre. It is the only award to recognise the art of humour writing in Australia and has been made possible through the generous bequest of the late Peter Wentworth Russell.
The Russell Prize for Humour Writing is awarded biennially for the work which is judged to be the best book of humour writing by an Australian author and published in the previous two years. Light or dark, fun or farce, published works of fiction, memoir, poetry and verse by Australian writers will be considered for the biennial $10,000 prize.
Lex Marinos OAM, was born in Wagga Wagga, NSW into a family of Greek cafe owners. Lex attended University of NSW, receiving a BA with Honours in Drama, and also studied with renowned American acting teacher, Stella Adler. Since then he has worked in all areas of the entertainment industry as an actor, director, writer, broadcaster and teacher. Best known for his television performances in Kingswood Country and ABC’s production of The Slap, as well as other series, dozens of films and TV episodes. On stage Lex has appeared with the Nimrod, APG, Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Company B, Big hART, and at many arts festivals, as well as commercial productions such as the King and I.
His work has taken him all over Australia, from remote Indigenous communities to the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics. Lex has also worked extensively on ABC radio since the riotous inception of 2JJ. Lex has also held many advisory and governance positions with arts and cultural organizations including SOCOG, The Australia Council, and Community Broadcasting Foundation. His book Blood and Circuses: an irresponsible memoir was published by Allen & Unwin.
Proud member of Actors Equity since 1970.
Jordan Raskopoulos is a world renowned comedian who also moonlights as a singer, writer, filmmaker, digital content creator, journalist, advocate, influencer, speaker and masked crime fighter.
You may know her as the lead singer of the musical comedy group The Axis of Awesome, from her Ted Talk about High Functioning Anxiety, her campaign to change Australia day to May 8 (maaaate) or her hilarious and informative video series Jordan Explains.
Susie Youssef is a comedian, actor, writer and improviser. She has written, performed and produced comedy for stage, radio and television in Australia and around the world.
She was a core cast member on Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia, and appeared as a guest in ABC series’ Squinters, Screen Time, Rosehaven, Get Krack!n and No Activity on Stan.
She is a regular guest on radio and TV and has appeared on Have You Been Paying Attention, Hughesy, We Have A Problem and The Project.
Mark Humphries is the host of Pointless on Network Ten and the resident satirist on ABC's 7.30. A talented comedy writer and performer, Mark is also known for his work on SBS Viceland’s The Feed, ABC News’ The World and as a regular guest on ABC’s Insiders. Mark cut his teeth as a presenter on ABC2’s The Roast in 2012 and after a successful three-year stint, his segment was picked up by Guardian Australia. Mark then moved to radio, guest hosting The List and TV Club on ABC Radio National in 2016 and co-hosting Radio Chaser for the Triple M Network in 2017. In 2016 he co-authored The Chaser’s Australia and has also contributed to The Chaser Quarterly.