Matt Okine

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Matt Okine
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Okine (right) with co-host Alex Dyson at Tropfest Australia 2013
Birth nameMatthew Okine
Born (1985-04-12) 12 April 1985 (age 34)
Brisbane, Queensland
Medium Stand-up, radio, television

Matthew Okine (born 12 April 1985) is an Australian stand-up comedian, actor, author, rapper and radio presenter of Ghanaian descent living in Sydney. Okine was a co-host on the breakfast show on Triple J with Alex Dyson from 2014 to 2016.

Sydney State capital of New South Wales and most populous city in Australia and Oceania

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Triple J Australian radio station

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Alex Dyson Australian radio presenter

Alexander Edward Dyson is an Australian radio presenter who presented the breakfast show on Australian youth radio station Triple J from 2010 to 2016, alongside Tom Ballard and then with Matt Okine.



Okine has performed stand-up on Rove , at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Sydney Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival (for which he won award for best newcomer). He has appeared on numerous TV shows, including This is Littleton , Legally Brown and Hughesy, We Have a Problem and as a guest contributor on Dirty Laundry Live , Can of Worms and The Agony of Modern Manners . In 2012, he released a DVD entitled Being Black n Chicken n Shit. He cites Aziz Ansari and Dave Chappelle as influences [1] and has supported them when they toured Australia.

Rove, originally titled Rove Live, was an Australian television variety show, that featured live music performances and interviews with local and international celebrity guests. The program premiered on the Nine Network on 22 September 1999, before moving to Network Ten which aired the program from 2000 until November 2009. The show was hosted by comedian Rove McManus through his production company Roving Enterprises, and featured an ensemble cast who presented various segments throughout the course of the show. The show won the Logie Award for "Most Popular Light Entertainment Program" five times.

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Sydney Comedy Festival

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Okine appeared as Laurie in H2O: Just Add Water . [2]

<i>H<sub>2</sub>O: Just Add Water</i> 2006 childrens television show from Australia

H2O: Just Add Water, also known as H2O, is an Australian dramatic fantasy television series for children and teenagers created by Jonathan M. Shiff. It first screened on Australia's Network Ten and runs in syndication on channels in over 120 countries and has a worldwide audience of more than 250 million. It was filmed on location at Sea World and other locations on the Gold Coast. The show revolves around three teenage girls facing everyday teen problems with an added twist: they're mermaids with powers over water.

In 2014, Okine replaced Tom Ballard as co-host on the breakfast show on Triple J after Ballard resigned to pursue stand-up comedy. [3] In 2016, Okine and Dyson both left Triple J to pursue other interests.

Tom Ballard

Thomas Colin Ballard is an Australian comedian, television and radio presenter.

He co-hosts How Not to Behave , which premiered on ABC in July 2015. [4]

How Not to Behave is an Australian television comedy series on ABC, hosted by Gretel Killeen and Matt Okine. The 15-part series is based on a Swedish format which examines etiquette and manners. The series premiered on 15 July 2015.

ABC (Australian TV channel) First Australian public television network

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At the 2015 ARIA Awards, he won Best Comedy Release for Live at the Enmore Theatre. [5]

The ARIA Music Award for Best Comedy Release, is an award presented at the annual ARIA Music Awards, which recognises "the many achievements of Aussie artists across all music genres", since 1987. It is handed out by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), an organisation whose aim is "to advance the interests of the Australian record industry."

In 2017, Okine wrote and starred in The Other Guy on Stan.

Personal life

Okine grew up in Brisbane. [1] His father, Mack Okine, is Ghanaian. His mother, Roslyn, died of breast cancer when he was 12 years old. [6]

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  1. 1 2 Tan, Monica (19 August 2014). "Matt Okine on being the only half-Ghanaian Australian comedian in the room". The Guardian . Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  2. Mitchell, Georgina (8 August 2014). "Honesty is the best belly medicine". The Newcastle Herald . Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  3. Styles, Aja (3 December 2013). "Matt Okine replaces Tom Ballard on Triple J breakfast". The Sydney Morning Herald . Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  4. Knox, David (4 June 2015). "Gretel Killeen, Matt Okine to host new ABC series, How Not to Behave". TV Tonight . Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  5. "Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett win big at 2015 ARIAs". Triple J. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  6. Dyson, Alex (7 May 2015). "Remembering our mums for Mother's Day". Triple J blog. Retrieved 15 July 2015.