With his crafted lyricism, pop sensibilities and touch of showmanship, Jason English has built a reputation for unleashing captivating blends of wit, ridiculousness and filth smacked in the face by catchy-as-hell pop tunes.
Songwriting was a natural progression for a young man who was singing, strumming guitar and fumbling on piano from a young age. After many teenage years of semi-emo compositions, Jason began exploring a new genre; comedy. In university, he formed the musical duo Anyone for Tennis? (AFT?) with fellow student, Doody. AFT? made the 2007 national final of Australia’s largest open mic competition, Raw Comedy, and went on to not win.
With AFT?, Jason enjoyed five critically-acclaimed years at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) and 4-star reviews on both sides of the globe thanks to a successful 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut, which included a feature in The Guardian as one of the Fringe’s ‘best and brightest’. AFT? also created Melbourne Fringe Festival’s annual musical comedy spectacular The Polyphonic Comic Frolic. In mid-2012, Doody’s fear of water was at its most extreme and with Jason’s synchronised swimming classes becoming bi-daily, the duo was forced to split.
A year later, Jason made his solo MICF debut with 2013’s Pop Rocketeer. In MICF ‘13 and ‘14 Jason was also co-star of Rob Hunter’s Late O’Clock – a cult smash-hit event featuring some of the biggest names in Australian and international comedy. In late 2014 Jason released his highly anticipated debut studio album Cosmic Dancing Stardust to plenty of Grammy buzz (internally).
To date, Jason has been seen on Foxtel’s Comedy Channel, ABC and BBC (UK); heard on Triple J, Triple M, Triple R and Radio Forth (UK) as well as comedy podcasts including many milestone episodes of the cult fav The Little Dum Dum Club; been accompanied by UK’s finest comedy band The Horne Section; supported Arj Barker in Australia’s Falls Festival and Southbound Music festival; supported Irish comedy superstars The Rubberbandits; played Ireland’s huge music festival Electric Picnic; and even had his work sung by a cast member of the sitcom Frasier for a charity event in LA (weird but true).