Fred Rowan

Comedian • Musician • Impersonator • Writer

Fred Rowan is a stirrer. He likes to get stuck into people, popular singers DJs, advertising voices. Anyone. Anyone who deserves it! His impersonations are jaw droopingly accurate. Comedy great Dave O’Neil said “His John Howard is actually an impersonation.

”Fred has been a performer for around thirty years. He acted in plays and revues until 1993, when he started his stand-up comedy career. Through the 1990s he performed in annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows including Comedy Festival charity galas in 1996 and 2001, and featured in several TV comedy shows such as Eric, Backberner, Headliners, The Big Schmooze and Kath and Kim.

In 2007 Fred started writing satirical songs such as Beware of the Dog Whistle, and produced the video for the song My Name’s Snoop Dagg with Gerard McCulloch. He continued writing comedy songs including The Ballad of Tony Abbott and his classic  impersonation of Paul Kelly.

Fred tried his hand at playwriting. We’ll Kill ‘m Tonight was his first attempt produced in the Melbourne Fringe, 2009. In November/December 2012, La Mama Theatre Carlton produced his play the successful Death of a Comedian.


Fred studied for three years and in 2016 returned to Stand-up.

He staged his Melbourne Fringe Festival show Fake Reality in 2017.

He’s works professional stand-up rooms such as the Comics Lounge, Dave O’Neil’s Funhouse, the Mitcham Hotel, corporate gigs, the St Kilda Funhouse and The Exford Hotel in the CBD where he-performed guest spots in the 2018 Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Fred also performs a live Roy Orbison tribute act for private and public events.

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