Michael Shafar is a comedian, Jew and schnitzel enthusiast.
M ICHAEL SHAFAR
Since leaving a career in law for comedy, Michael has been working hard to win his mother's forgiveness, and has (somewhat) achieved that, having performed around Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the US and on international waters.
From 2015-2016 he hosted Channel 31's satirical news show The Leak and developed the viral sensation Round Squares, a satirical webpage and web series that has reached millions of Australians.
In 2016, Michael reached the RAW Comedy National Grand Final, represented Australia in the Laugh Factory's Funniest Person in the World Competition and toured across Asia, headlining at some of the continent's largest comedy clubs. He also developed, produced and hosted the showcases Melbourne Comedy's Rising Stars and 3 Course Comedy, which continue to sell out shows.
2017 was another huge year for Michael, selling out his entire season and extra show of Jewish-ish at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, selling out shows at Sydney Fringe Comedy, performing on ABC's Comedy Bites, triple j's Good Az Friday, landing a gig writing jokes for Channel 10's The Project and appearing in the show's sketches, as well as being selected to perform internationally on Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises.
In 2018 Michael toured his new show Kosher Bacon to sold out crowds in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne to rave reviews. In 2019 he performed his biggest tour yet with 50/50, his darkest and funniest show yet, chronicling his diagnosis and treatment for testicular cancer.
This year he is currently touring his new show Getting Better to all the major festivals in Australia to rave reviews.
"You'd crawl over broken glass to see him" ★★★★★ Glam Adelaide
"Still laughing a day later" ★★★★½ The Plus Ones
"Jokes that set the room on fire with laughter" ★★★★½ The Australia Times
"Tasty, topical and with extra bite" ★★★★ The Age
"Clever, informed, witty and well-crafted" ★★★★ Beat Magazine
"He is really very good" ★★★★ Funny Tonne
"Mel Brooks would have been proud" Herald Sun
"The pace is tight... knocking the punchlines out at a prodigious rate" Chortle UK