Michael Hing was born in 1985 and grew up in the Sutherland Shire in Sydney’s South (a fact he’s very sorry about but he cannot change). Since that time, despite his family’s best efforts, he has become a stand up comedian, improviser and comedy writer. He is a regular performer and producer within the Sydney scene, as well as on the wider Australian comedy festival circuit, where his brand of intelligent, unapologetic comedy has carved out a dedicated fan base against all odds.
He began performing comedy at the tender age of 7 when he entered the 1992 Illawong Public School Talent Show with a series of poor taste jokes he read out of a joke book. Despite this clearly plagiarized and inappropriate material, he went on to win that hotly contested talent show (however this accolade was for a secondary entry in which he played Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 on piano). His comedy performance did not place in the talent show. In many ways, he is still coming to terms with this.
In the intervening years, Michael has been very busy overcoming these childhood insecurities. He has been invited to perform at the World’s Funniest Island, Homebake and Harvest festivals, and has performed to sold-out audiences at the Sydney Comedy Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival and Sydney Fringe, where he also helped produce over 30 different shows by emerging comedians. When he’s not touring niche, elitist, comedy shows, Michael also runs and is a regular host at what has been described as Sydney’s Best Comedy Night, Project 52, which he co-founded in 2009 (Time Out, Sidney Critic).
In 2012, he was invited to be a guest panelist on Channel 10’s Can of Worms and he is currently involved in the development of a super-secret television documentary that he’ll tell you more about once he’s allowed to.
Michael is interested in doing comedy about social issues like racism and inequality, with personal stories from his life.
- Occupy White People (2013)
Adelaide Fringe, MICF, Sydney Comedy Festival
- Breakout Comedy Tour (2013)
A showcase of some of the best emerging comedians in Australia, Brisbane Comedy Fsetival.
- An Open Letter to Rich White People Concerning Their Role in the Downfall of Civilisation (2012)
MICF, Sydney Comedy Festival
- I'm Only Doing This Because They Won't Let Me Be a Rapper (2011)
- Can of Worms (Channel 10, guest panelist)
Project 52 Founder (2009-2013)A weekly comedy room Michael co-directs