Matt Okine

Genre: Comedy

Country of Origin: Australia

As a black man growing up in Brisbane’s notorious westside suburb of Indooroopilly, Matthew Okine (aka Disco-Matt MC) has seen it all. Surrounded by gang-warfare, drug-dealers, drive-bys, hookers with needles in their arms, and even worse, mothers picking their sons up from private schools in a four-wheel drive that’s never touched a speck of dirt, Matt took on board all the mayhem of his environment and set sail to conquer a world more terrifying and painful than any law-society dinner - the Entertainment Industry. Backed by the support of nobody and with little to no experience, Matt entered the Triple J Raw Comedy Competition in 2004 and became a national RAW finalist at the age of 18 after only three previous gigs (those being the preliminary stages of the competition!), performing in the National final at Melbourne Town Hall to 1500 people.

He was a 2Day FM Comedy God finalist later that year, and in January 2005, Matt took out the Brisbane New Comic of the Year competition. Since then, his slow and steady rise in Australian Comedy has seen Matt support the likes of Dave Hughes, Dave Callan, Dave Grant, and even some women named Dave, not to mention Chris Wainhouse, Mick Meredith, Eddie Ifft and many more. He’s shared the stage with Carl Barron at Canberra’s Multicultural Festival in “Show Us Your Roots” (2006) and was recently a part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s New Talent Showcase.

In late 2007, Matt performed on "Rove Live" after winning the Rove Live/Snickers Golden Nut Competition. He followed this with a sell-out show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival (2008) and was flown to Miami as part of NBC’s hit show, “Last Comic Standing”.

Most recently, Matt has appeared on Channel 7’s All Saints, Nickelodeon’s H20: Just Add Water, ABC2’s I Rock, was a guest panelist on SBS’s “The Squiz”, and is soon to make a guest appearance on Nine’s Sea Patrol. - The Sit Down Comedy Club