Steven Oliver (he/him)

Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kuku-Yalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi peoples and is one of Australia’s most beloved performers.

He was born in Cloncurry in North West Queensland and grew up in Townsville. He has worked with numerous theatre companies, festivals and arts organisations across Australia but became notorious with ABC’s Logie/AACTA nominated sketch comedy show Black Comedy as a writer/actor/associate producer.

His multitude of Season One characters saw him launched into popular culture but it was his over the top, fabulously camp and highly competitive creations ‘The Tiddas’ that cemented him as one of Australia’s leading funny people that led to a FAVOURITE COMEDY PERFORMER OF THE DECADE nomination at the 2020 AACTA’s. Season Two of Black Comedy saw him grab the opportunity to marry ‘The Tiddas’ and make a statement on marriage equality. Little did he know at the time that he had written and acted in the first ever televised same sex marriage of an Australian gay couple on Australian screens while also simultaneously, it is only the second marriage between an indigenous couple to air on Australian TV in the complete history of Australian television.

Other Film/TV roles include Tiger Cops and A Very Sexy Xmas for ABC/Iview. He is co-creator/writer/presenter for Indigenous Arts Quiz Show Faboriginal as well as the documentary Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky which was awarded Best Documentary/Factual Single at the inaugural Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) Awards. He featured in the critically acclaimed documentaries Occupation Native and History Bites Back both presented by Trisha Morton-Thomas under the direction of Craig Anderson (SBS/NITV).

He was a recipient of Screen Australia’s Blackspace Initiative for his premiere web series A Chance Affair, that went on to be nominated for best web series at both the 2018 LGBTIQ Australian Awards and Screen Producers Australia Awards. He has done voice work on Australia’s first Indigenous Superhero animation, Zero Point and cameoed as Cousin Carlo in Marvel Studio’s Thor; Ragnarok under the direction of Taika Waititi.

His poetry is published in both national and international poetry journals such as Ora Nui, Australian Poetry Journal, Solid Air and Firefront. His plays Proppa Solid (Jute Theatre) and From Darkness (La Boite Theatre) are published by Playlab. Both plays receiving audience and critical acclaim. His poetry and comedic work collectively have garnered several million views online.

He is currently nearing the end of a successful national tour of his one man cabaret show. Premiering at the 2019 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Bigger & Blacker was listed as an AdCabFave. It has since played La Boite Theatre Brisbane, Sydney Opera House, Malthouse Theatre as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival (Winner – Cabaret of the week and overall First Nations show), Perth International Cabaret Festival, Darwin Festival and Belco Arts Canberra receiving critical and audience acclaim in all cities. He also recently hosted the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony in Melbourne and the National Indigenous Music Awards in Darwin which were both live to air presentations. He is currently in Brisbane being sexy.

Stephen Oliver reclining on a chair in a white shirt, black pants and sequin jacket. There are red rose petals on the ground and a black grand piano in the background with smoke in the air behind him.

Acknowledgement of country

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