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 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, Russian Character Sladamir Vmirnoff or Circleman the wise Oracle.
Jason is 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 has does some of the best themed parties for both 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!
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 became the 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 his home town Adelaide. After years of singing Jason added Acting, Television, comedy and Emcee/Host work to his repertoire. He eventually left Adelaide to expand his career and moved to Sydney Australia for ten years. Then moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to futher His career.
During his career he was a regular guest singer on the popular ‘Bert Newton Show’ in Melbourne Australia, has sung with artists like Michael Bolton. Performed alongside Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Paris Hilton, Diplo and performed for Lisa Vanderpump, Sophie turner, Joe Jonas, Rita Wilson, Mike Monroe, Eddie McGuire, Dr Phil and his wife and comedian Wanda Sykes.
He’s hosted a variety television show called ‘Rapture’ and has acted in programs such as ‘Australia's Most Wanted’ and American TV series: ‘Royal Pains’ and ‘Luck’, Movies ‘To Hell and Back’ ‘Run Chrissie Run’ and ‘We want some” filmed in LA.
Jason had a regular comedy spot on radio ‘5AA’ with the Graham Crornes show as character "Dick the Discount Dictator" and co-hosted a radio show on ‘Bondi FM’ in Sydney 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 many times singing at famous Cicada club downtown LA. Appeared on American TV ABC's the Gong show hosted by Mike Myers as Queen Elizabeth.
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 and Wedding 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 competition you then can immediately flow into the DJ or band thats playing at the event. This dance off is a fab way of kicking of the events dancing because then remaining guest join the contestants that are already on stage to continue dancing throughout the event. 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.
With Jason distinct style full of charm and positive energy, you'll find He's funny, warm, friendly and suitable for any occasion.