Daniel Oldaker is an Australian/Spanish based physical comedian, writer, producer, MC, and variety artist. He was born in Ballarat, Victoria and discovered his talent at an early age, winning first prize on the Red Faces TV Variety Show when he was just 18. Following his passion, he left home to study at Circo-Arts Circus School in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he honed his skills in circus and physical comedy.
After returning to Australia, Oldaker became a fixture in many festivals, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It was during this time that he started writing and producing in addition to performing. He developed his vaudeville-inspired character, "Bell Boy," and created his signature character, "Dandyman."
"Dandyman" has been compared to classic international characters like Jacque Tati, Mr. Bean, and Buster Keaton. Known for his idiosyncratic fetish for paper drinking straws, Oldaker began to cultivate an international audience, touring through Europe, Asia, and America. His reputation as a "performer's performer" grew, earning him awards and critical acclaim. Reviewers hailed him as "masterful," "playful," and a "valued contributor to the arts." He received accolades such as the Best International Act Award at the Busan Comedy Festival in Korea, a nomination for the Just for Laughs award at the St Ambroise Festival in Montreal, and the Patrons Pick award at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.
Oldaker not only performed his own shows but has also worked alongside Rani Huszar, presenting shows like "The Great Gondos" that appeared on ABC's "The Sideshow" and performed at numerous Australian and European festivals. In 2011, Oldaker and Huszar opened a shopfront in North Coburg, which became a hub for fostering community culture and providing a stage for artists to develop their skills.
Oldaker's contributions extend beyond his performances. He produced the street theatre festival "Fun Fest" in Bendigo for three years and organised countless tours along the East Coast of Australia and world tours spanning over 30 countries. In response to the pandemic in 2020, he pivoted to online performances and played a key role in creating one of the most successful online Zoom variety shows in Australia, if not the world.
Daniel Oldaker is bringing his latest show to the stage, titled "A Day with Dandy." This immersive experience offers a comprehensive package featuring a captivating performance, engaging workshops, and the opportunity to be part of a local variety show. Additionally, Daniel is remounting his acclaimed production, "DING DILEMMAS", where he takes on the role of a manager of a Hotel. With the inclusion of special guests and outrageous scenarios, the show builds up to a thrilling climax where everything spirals out of control.