Being born into an Irish family of eight children, comedy was always going to come naturally to Tony Moclair. While studying Arts at Monash University in Melbourne, he met fellow student and future collaborator Julian Schiller. With Julian, Tony had found a kindred spirit and the two formed a writing and performing partnership that has seen them make short films, write and perform for radio, Television, Live shows, and co-create two platinum selling comedy CD’s.
Tony’s media journey began with regular appearances on 3RRR’s cult radio program the Breakfasters and was soon followed with regular live work, including two sell-out shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
In 1997, he and Julian made the move to Triple M where they wrote and performed a number of hugely successful nationally networked comedy programs as well as co-creating two platinum selling, and ARIA award winning comedy CD’s (Guido Hatzis). Their radio successes were soon noticed by TV executives, and they went on to write, develop and perform in productions for The Comedy Channel, the Nine Network and the Seven Network.
More recently Tony has been continuing with the controversial talk show “Restoring the Balance” on Triple J, where Tony and Julian co-hosted ‘in character’ as Young Liberal, Stirling Addison and Young National, Tom Thomlinson. The response from Triple J listeners was is still unprecedented.
In 2004, he accepted an offer to join the Nova network and co-hosted the Breakfast show alongside fellow comics Julian Schiller, Lisa Fernandez and Ryan (Fryzie) Fitzgerald on the highly successful Nova 91.9 Adelaide until last year.
Tony has also continued to appear regularly as a panelist on ABC-TVs The Einstein Factor. As well as being a brilliant voice artist with a vast array of his own characters (Guido Hatzis, Bill the Kiwi Social Worker, Young Liberal Stirling Addison etc.), Tony is also an excellent impressionist, with an un-canny ability to mimic Political and Social headline-makers.