JASON THOMPSON

The Multi talented Comical Entertainer

Jason Thompson is an Emcee, Host, Presenter, Singer, Impersonator, Actor and Comedian. He does this either as himself or as a one of his many celebrity characters or his original ones. Some of his celebrity characters are: Austin Flowers, Dame Edna Average, Queen Elizabeth II, Steve Ir-Winner and The Mad Hatter. His own original characters are: Shirley Shagwell, Indian character Vin Daloo, Russian Character Youra Pissmeoff or Circleman the wise Oracle.


Jason is base both in Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, USA and is also one of the most sought after comical Emcee/Host and improv Roving performer for some of the biggest live events throughout Australia, USA and Asia. He does some of best themed parties both for the high-end corporate and private sector. Whether it is a Gala Dinner, Charity Ball, Convention, Conference, end of year Christmas party, Awards night, Wedding, Bar Mitzvah, Birthday event, Hens / Bachelor parties, expo or for any film or TV work Jason is there!

Background


Born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, Jason began performing as a young boy in the School choir. Most Saturdays he would join the church choir up in the balcony with his red robe and white thrill collar and sing for just $2 per wedding. From there he was destined to entertain the world. As he grew older He continued to sing and became a renowned Gospel singer in his mid twenties and would sing and entertain people from all different denominations. He then ventured out into the secular world and was a two time winner of the national Australian TV talent show ‘Pot Luck and ‘New Faces’. He also has recorded two albums and with His Jazz band would perform in bars or clubs around Adelaide.


After years of singing Jason added Acting, Television Hosting comedy and Emcee/Host work to his repertoire. He eventually left Adelaide to expand his career and moved to Sydney Australia. After furthering his career of ten years in Sydney, Jason expanded himself further and after winning the ‘American green card lottery’ so now lives in Los Angeles USA also.


During his career he's been a regular guest singer on the ‘Bert Newton Show’ in Melbourne Australia, has sung with artists like Michael Bolton and acted alongside such greats as ‘Dustin Hoffman’. He’s hosted a variety television show called ‘Rapture’ and has acted in programs such as ‘Australia's Most Wanted’ and ‘Rove Live’. American TV series: ‘Royal Pains’ and ‘Luck’. Movies: ‘To Hell and Back’ ‘Run Chrissie Run’ and recently ‘We want some” filmed in LA. Had a regular comedy spot on radio ‘5AA’ and co-hosted on ‘Bondi FM’ in Australia. He also made an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel live’ recorded in Los Angeles as his character ‘Queen Elizabeth'. He has been a guest artist a few times singing at Los Angeles famous Cicada club.

WHAT JASON GENERALLY DOES AT LIVE EVENTS

CORPORATE PARTIES / LARGE EVENTS 

His performance generally starts off with meeting and greeting guests as they arrive on the red carpet in one of His many characters (he often works with the client’s video crew and mic interviewing guests, which is great as a keep sake for clients). After the meet and greet He then arrives with a big entrance on stage to MC the themed event by singing a fun song as he walks through the crowd to the stage or sometimes being lowered from the ceiling, arriving on a motor bike or even a pink Cadillac depending what client wants. Then a big welcome and a bit of improvised comedy.

Throughout the event Jason comes down off stage and continues mingling with guests with more interactive comedy. He then returns to the stage (generally with another  song) to further MC the event, announcing other performing acts, CEO's, Auctions, special guests etc. This is discussed with the client depending on their needs.

DANCING WITH STARS (Game show style)

Then just before the time of the night when you would like the dancing to kick off, Jason does an approximately 20 min dance game show (This can be shorter or longer depending on amount of time client wants and can be tailored by the amounts of contestants that are pulled up). This interactive game show is called "Dancing with the Staff" ("Dancing with the Stuffed" if a private event) and is performed on a stage or dance floor area. This is great fun, very easy and works exceptionally well. He grabs guests from the audience (Birthday guest, Special guests or even CEO's and Managers if client requires). One by one He pulls out each of the contestants and briefly interviews them with an improvised laugh or two. This is done with the help of a game show assistant (a volunteer staff member provided by the client) who writes their name on a fun colored star shaped name tag and sticks it on each chosen contestant.

Contestants are then all placed in one horizontal straight line facing the audience with Jason in one of his many characters standing in front of them all. He briefly explains the name of the game to the contestants and audience which is: for the contestant to copy the sexy, funky and hilarious moves of the character. (accompanied with music he can supply or if need be by client if the have a specific song). Jason then asks the audience to be the judges with their applause that He calls the " clap-o-meter".  After the music stops he ask the crowd how each guest went by who got the loudest clap.  Finally Jason then narrows it down to the last two contestants (another quick dance off between them and winner gets a prize supplied by client. (Champers or a holiday etc.).


Straight after this live game show whilst the contestants are still on the dance floor Jason announces the band or DJ to crank it up for remaining guests to get up and dance too. Jason believes: "This is a great opportunity to kick off the dancing. The dance game achieves a similar effect to a bridal Waltz at weddings and is a great way to invite the remaining guests up to dance way into the night.

Jason continues dancing and roving amongst the guests and gets them all going to the end of the event.

PRIVATE EVENTS (eg: birthdays, Bachelorette, Bachelor parties etc) 

Big surprise entrance by Singing a song as Jason walks through the crowd to the performance area (I bring mp3 or cd backing tracks client to provide sound system). He welcomes everyone and proceeds to invite the guest of honor person up to the stage area to sing another song to the person. Then some improvised comedy amongst audience and guest of honor. For birthdays Jason can kick off the happy birthday song while birthday person is still on stage area. The cutting of the cake and continue to host with improvised situational comedy and then invite friends or family to do speeches if any. Then Jason can start an interactive Dance off game show style called "Dancing with the stuffed" with some of the guest of honors friends that I help choose from audience to participate. Guests have to copy the funky moves of whatever character Jason performing with, with favorite music chosen by the guest of honors choice then invite audience to be the judges via what I call the "Clapometer". The one who gets the loudest clap wins a prize (supplied by client). Once finished the dance comp you can immediately flow into the DJ or band that playing that night. This dance off is a fab way of kicking of the nights dancing because then remaining guest join the contestants on stage to continue dancing throughout the night.  Jason then comes down amongst guest and does some meet and greet roving around guests with interactive situational comedy.


For your peace of mind

Jason is good at reading each crowd differently.  Jason says "My goal is to uplift people and to make them laugh but not to offend. As a guide I work and tailor my performance like the movie censorship ratings like PG, M or R etc. (depending on the event and what the client wants), which I believe is key as a corporate / private entertainer".  Above all Jason desires to make people feel good have lots of laughs and make the audience happy

He is available to do all the above or just meet and greet, roving performing only if require. He also can Emcee events out of characters and Host just as himself if needed. He can do more than just one character per event.

Jason lives in West Hollywood and works throughout the US. He is available to also perform internationally. Being originally from Sydney Australia he performs also throughout Australia and Asia.

With Jason distinct style full of charm and positive energy, you'll find He's funny, warm, friendly and suitable for any occasion.

CORPORATE CLIENT LIST  

Sony Play Station MC as Jason at NSW and Vic Trade night promotion and Technology expo 2 years running
Pirelli Tyers Annual Dinner M/C as Austin Powers Sebel Resort Melbourne
Macquarie Bank MC as Russian KGB Character for Russian Theme 500 people
Nestlé Charlie Bucket and the Willy Wonka gold ticket launch
Australian Institute of Company Directors  MC as Vin Daloo for thier Bollywood theme at the Four Seasons Hotel
DHL International Frieght Company as Willy Wonka  MC Family day Picnic
Optus Christmas party  M/C as Austin Powers Wharf Eigh 2500 guests
Qantas Compared as Jason the media launch for the CD “Sharing the Spirit of the Season”
Jacobs Creek Wines  MC as Austin 40min show for the JC 30th birthday
NRMA  Austin Flowers and Dame Edna Average
Advance  MC as Austin Powers
Hewlett and Pakard Australasia Conference M/C as Austin Powers at The Sheraton Hotel, Ho Chi Min Vietnam
Amber Tiles MC as Austin Powers
Caltex MC as Austin Powers
APEC world leaders conference after party M/C and Roving as Shirley Shagwell
Pirtek MC as Austin Powers
RSVP Events MC as Austin Powers for 500 people cocktail party. Also Shirley Shagwell and a NY party as Dame Edna Average
Walt Disney MC premier of Lilo and Stich movie
Cadburys MC as Jason the Kids Carnival-Chocolate wheel
Rove Live As Austin Powers Fox Studios
Christian Dior MC as Jason Sydney Grace Brothers and David Jones Events
Ford Australia MC as Jason Promotion Sydney
Guinness Beer MC as Jason for a live game show Bondi Hotel Sydney
Bunnings Warehouse Dinner MC as Austin Powers
Allianz Insurance MC as Austin Powers at the Metro George Street Sydney
Masterfoods Mars Christmas party MC as Austin Powers MCA Circular Quay Sydney
Nokia MC as Austin Powers Sydney Promotion
ING Insurance MC Family Day Picnic as Willy Wonka
Architectural Designers of New Zealand MC as Dame Edna Average at Couran Cove Resort Stradbroke Island
Australian Stock Exchange As Austin Flowers at the Four Seasons Hotel
Young Presidents Organisation MC as Dame Edna Average at Simmer on the Bay Walsh Bay
George Weston Foods MC as Austin Powers
General Foods MC as The Croc of shit hunter (Steve Irwin)
St Augustines College MC as Austin Powers Opening of a new arts centre
Laurent Bakery MC as Austin Powers
Learning and Technology Conference and expo MC as Jason for a two day expo Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
50’s Plus Expo MC as Jason for a two-day expo, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Business Opportunity and Franchisee Expo  MC as Jason for a two day Expo, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Consumer Electronics Expo MC as Jason for a two day Expo for ‘Sony Australia’  at Fox Studios, Sydney
Skilled Recruitment MC as Austin Powers
International Special Events Society MC as Jason & Various Characters in the Weakest Link, Sydney Convention Centre
Lili Group Christmas party MC as Austin Powers Sydney Sheraton on the Park
Fringe in the Park MC as Jason A 14 dayMulti Community and Cultural festival Rymil Park, Adelaide’s International Fringe festival
Australian Catholic University Sydney Christmas Party M/C as Austin Powers Sheraton on the park
Blooms Cosmetics  MC as Jason for a four day celebration Grace Brothers Sydney
Biotherm MC as Jason for a three day promotion Grace brothers Sydney
IPC Australia Christmas party MC as Austin Powers at Dockside Cocklebay Sydney
Masterfoods Pet Care MC as Jason Two day’s Sydney Convention Centre
Harrington Homes (Texas USA) MC as Jason and performed as an Italian Gondolier Character
BOC ISP Gas company MC Awards night as Steve Irwin Character
HSBC Performed as Elvis at the Metro George Street Sydney
The sheraton on the Park MC for Haris on the Park Melbourne cup Luncheon
H20 Entertainment MC as Jason for the Extreme Action Spectacular Show at Wonderland
Precision Valve Christmas Party M/C as Austin Powers
Quiznos Subs MC at launch of the first store into Australia
George Patterson and Y & R merge MC as Austin Powers for 300 people cocktail party
Sibos Banking Trade fair Dame Edna Average at the Sydney Convention Centre
OPI international Nail care company  MC as Dame Edna Average
General Practitioners Conference & Exhibition For three days as Doctor Love
St Vincents private hospital Melbourne gala Dinner MC as Austin Powers 
Tradelink building company  All Occasion cruises as Austin Powers
Bidvest Foods race day lunch 2010, 2011 and 2012  Rosehill race course  as Dame Edna, Austin Powers and the Queen
Nick's seafood restaurant Melbourne cup luncheon 2011 and 2012  Nick's seafood restaurant as Jason Thompson
Citizen watches Australia Christmas party Pontoon cruise ship as Austin flowers
Wharf street Marina Brooklyn christmas party  Wharf street Marina Brooklyn as Austin Flowers
Coca cola Sydney christmas party Cremorne Hotel MC as Austin Powers
Formula one Grand Prix Singapore  2008, 2009 and 2012 For three days as Austin Flowers    

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SingTel Singapore F1 Grand Prix


Hi Jason,

We're certainly excited to have the races for the next 5 year. I'm glad to know that you had a good time performing at the races, and the video looks incredibly fun! Thanks for the effort put into making it!

On a personal note, as you know, this is my first year handling the roving entertainment program - and it has really brought me lots of joy, especially when you have been such a pleasure to liase with for the past months. Whilst the ticket pullers for the masses has always undeniably been the headliner acts at Padang, I felt that the roving entertainment are the ones who bring the event to life - from gates open to close, where patrons find pockets of energy all over the Circuit Park (especially when it's found in the most unexpected places!) It's a shame I didn't get to meet you in person to say hi, but I've did see you and the Austin Flowers girls running around Esplanade Park and down Connaught Drive (Zone 4) on one of the days! It was so much fun and you (and the girls) brought so much festival energy to the event and delighted our international patrons.

On that note, I thank you for putting your all into the performances during the race weekend  - it truly made a difference to our event, and also you for your patience that has been displayed in all matters. I wish you the very best in your other gigs! :)

Cheers,

Charmaine


Optus Phone Company

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thanks for everything on Friday night - it went really well and we were very happy.Please also pass on a big thanks to Jason for all his efforts as He was great. I hope you have had a chance to recover from last week.. though it will probably take a few more days!.. and I'll get onto the payment of your invoice.

Regards

Samantha Salier
Marketing Communications Manager
Optus Wholesale and Satellite

70th Birthday Party

I just wanted to let you know that Shirley Shagwell was a real hit on Saturday night. I had many people ask about how I found her. My mother had the best night of her life and just about every guest said it was the best party they had been to.  A lot of the success was because of Shirley.  

Although I thanked her on the night, please pass on our thanks again for making the night such a memorable one.

Regards

Deborah


Segio Tachinni party

Dear Jason

Just a short note to thankyou for attending our Segio Tachinni party.

The function was a hughe success and we have had alot of positive feedback. You looked fantastic,did a great job and certainly looked the part. The whole night never seemed to skip a beat. It was certainly a night that will be remembered and talked about months ahead.

It was a pleasure working with you and I appreciate your efforts on the night.

Thanks again for a great night

Regards

Gareth Richards
Managing Director
Richards Marketing Group

Iso Lounge

Good Morning Jason

Just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful performance last night (as Dame Edna Average) at Iso Lounge. You were spectacular!! A true mega star. Your energy and professionalism was fantastic and very much appreciated. Looking forward to meeting Austin Flowers next time!

Cheers

Stephanie Dale