- Before becoming a successful comedian, Des started his professional life as a journalist in the print media. From there he worked for more than a decade as a television news reporter for the ABC, Channel 9 and Channel 7
- He is currently an on screen presenter and reporter on the Seven network's hit travel show, "Coxy's Big Break" and works extensively as a corporate entertainer as MC or feature entertainer.
- Des is meticulous, intelligent and very funny, and an asset to any event as both a host and a stand-up comic.
Des Dowling was a fantastic host for the REIA National Awards 2009. He understood my clients requirements and my needs as an event manager. He had the audience right there with him the entire night and his improvisation through a technical glitch made it feel like it was all done on purpose. He was funny, professional, flexible indealing with last minute changes and a pleasure to work with. We will certainly recommend him to our future clients.
Senior Events Co-ordinator
Tour Hosts Pty Ltd
I've been to a lot of functions throughout my time as President of the Banyule Amateur Football Club and quite frankly Des Dowling wasabsolutely magnificent last Saturday at the Bear Cave. The audience, from our u19 boys to some of our senior life members, were thoroughly entertained as Des let them rip in a very professional and polished performance. Get on the Des Dowling bandwagon! Excellent!
Banyule Football Club
Our Sportsman's night was chocker's full of players, members & supporters. After a few solid hours of listening to Brendon Fevola & Brodie Holland entertain the crowd comedian Des Dowling waltz the stage and began. Probably the funniest 25 minutes I have ever heard or been apartof. I have never ever seen such a large group in fits of laughter. His modern jokes, along with quick responses to audiences actually had a few of uscrying wewere laughing so hard. Even the female guests thought he was great and I could not recommend higher to any sort of function.
Marby Lions Football Club
Des Dowling MC’d the Australian Workers' Union Annual Gala Ball. This is a huge event for around 1300 guests at Crown Casino's prestigious Palladium Room. Guest speakers included former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Opposition Leader Kim Beazley. Des did afantastic job and had the crowd in stitches from the start of thenight. He even prepared a special comic slide presentation which set the tone for the evening. I would recommend Des for this or any other kind of event in the future.
AWU Training and Education Officer
Sacred Heart Mission is based in St Kilda, Melbourne and works with the homeless. For the past three years Des Dowling has been involved as an MC or entertainer at many of our major fundraising events.These include a crowd of 20,000 people at our annual community football game, a fashion parade involving Australia’s top designers, a sports dinner with 500 guests and 20 sports stars and a Women’s Dinner. In all cases we received great feedback on Des’s performances. He was required to entertain people with his stand up routines, interview a cross range of people on stage and think on his feet when events don’t go quite to plan. Given the work that we do, Des is also required to tell our story in a way that captures peoples attention and encourages them to become involved. In all respects Des does a superb job – he makes people laugh, is spontaneous & witty and can be serious when required. In summary, the perfect MC / Entertainer.
Sacred Heart Mission St Kilda
This year Des Dowling was our MC at Comedians for a Cause at Melbourne’s Crown Casino to raise money for Open Family Australia. He not only had to entertain the 900 strong crowd and keep the night flowing he also more than held his own against a line-up of the best stand-up comedians in the country. We were very impressed.
Les Twentyman OAM
Youth Worker Open Family Australia
The North Melbourne Football Club prides itself on engaging the best possible comedic talent for the many diverse events it holds each year. Des Dowling is one of those performers. As well as performing his stand-up routine to much acclaim Des has also worked closely with us to produce specific, and hiliarious, comedy tv sketches for special Kangaroos events. With these value adding skills and his professionalism I would have no hesitation recommending Des to other event Managers.
North Melbourne Football Club Events Manager