McDermott, Paul

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McDermott, Paul Gender: M
Paul Anthony McDermott
born on 13 May 1962 at 00:55 (= 12:55 AM )
Place Adelaide, Australia, 34s55, 138e35
Timezone ACST h9e30 (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
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Paul McDermott (at the DAAS Kapital DVD launch, April 2013)
photo: Canley, license cc-by-sa-3.0


Australian all-round entertainer and Renaissance man, a comedian, radio, television and stage personality, singer, artist, book illustrator and writer. Paul McDermott has been at the forefront of the Australian entertainment

industry since the Doug Anthony All Stars stormed to national and international success in the late 1980's. Over more than a decade this immensely popular entertainer and artist has proven to be one of the most versatile in Australian history. Paul's career so far encompasses presenting national radio programs (Triple J), writing and presenting television programs including The Big Gig (ABCTV), DAAS Kapital (ABCTV) and Good News Week (ABCTV & Ten Network). He has also hosted The World Comedy Tour, a standup comedy program being broadcast on major networks worldwide.

Added to these electronic media successes are sellout seasons at Melbourne and Edinburgh Comedy Festivals, and national tours of Australia and UK. Among all this Paul has also found time to write and illustrate books and comics, and record successful CD's. In August 2002, Paul commences a starring season as Daryl Van Horne in "The Witches of Eastwick," a major new musical production that will play in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney.

Paul is the younger of non-identical twins, in a family of six children. He was educated at a private Catholic boy's school in Canberra, where he developed strong skills in both drawing and writing. These talents led him to art school. In the early ‘80s, he joined a performance group and then a singing group; the "Doug Anthony All Stars" were formed. He moved into a stage production which he wrote and starred in, that segued into "Good News Week," a satirical game show. He showcased his talents in most every variety of show biz, gaining immense popularity.

In late 1997, he began writing a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald supplement "Sunday Life", and in 1999 he moved to the Weekend Australian and continued with a bi-weekly column. In late 2000, a book of some of these pieces was published, entitled "The Forgetting Of Wisdom".

Hyperactive while performing, McDermott is brash, profane and charming. Subtitled "Hard Core Cabaret," his GUD ensemble was funny, in spite of an excess of copulatory and scatological jokes.

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  • Work : New Job 1997 (Weekly column for Sunday Morning Herald)
  • Work : New Job 1999 (Bi-weekly column for Weekend Australian)
  • Work : New Job August 2002 (Appearing in "The Witches of Eastwick")
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes a newspaper article reporting the birth of McDermott and his twin sister early on Mother's Day: "Adelaide's Mother of the Day" (Adelaide Advertiser, 14 May 1962, p. 1): "Mrs. McDermott, at Calvary Hospital, North Adelaide, had twins -- a 7 lb. 3 oz. girl at 12.54 a.m. and a 6 lb. 3 oz. boy at 12.55 ... The twins ... have been named Sharon Anne and Paul Anthony."


  • Traits : Personality : Charismatic
  • Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty (Vulgar, scatalogical humor)
  • Traits : Personality : Unique
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : ADHD (Hyperactive)
  • Family : Childhood : Family large (Six kids)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (National and UK)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Raised/educated Catholic)
  • Personal : Birth : Twin, triplet, etc. (Older twin sister)
  • Vocation : Art : Cartoonist (Illustrator of books, comics)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Versatile entertainer, TV actor)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy (Stand-up comedian)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Stage personality, performer)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Doug Anthony All Stars)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (TV scriptwriter)