MC, Keynote Speaker, Panelist, Panel Facilitator
With a warm and endearing energy about him, AJ instantly makes audiences feel comfortable and has become a sought-after MC and speaker. Combined with an equally engaging aptitude for comedy, AJ has garnered a formidable reputation as a skilled writer, a charismatic presenter and a beloved name in the community.
AJ has hosted panels at SXSW Sydney including interviewing the Federal Minister for Industry & Science, the Hon Ed Husic MP, and also 8 start up founders as part of the Expo’s Discovery Stage. He’s one of the hosts for the Australian Museum’s Rameses: Gold of the Pharaoh Talk Program and will be speaking at the Equality Project’s Better Together Conference in 2024. He’ll make his debut TV performance this year on SBS’s Celebrity Letters and Numbers.
He also hosts his own podcast called Floof with AJ Lamarque where he interviews guests about their favourite subjects.
AJ’s specialist topics include Strategic Thinking, Diversity, Inclusion & Multiculturalism, Knowing your Brand/Self, and Community Engagement.
AJ’s writing spans TV, Stand-Up Comedy, Articles and Playwrighting.
He’s currently working on a killer full-length play alongside fellow writer Bridie Connell. This political-satire, murder mystery explores intergenerational warfare, influencers and the rise of the always-on digital era. #dead!
AJ wrote his premier solo show, English Breakfast, in 2022 which comprised the perfect blend of storytelling, poetry and comedy to explore his own multiracial journey. The show was awarded ‘Best practice in Cultural Equity’ at the 2022 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
When it comes to TV, AJ owns one. But he also wrote for Season 14 of Gruen and Season 2 of Question Everything with Wil Anderson (of which his best jokes were vetoed by the ABC lawyers) and has also written for Matchbox and Wintergarden Pictures.
He’s also written bespoke articles & reviews on his own platform Lamarque My Words! and also for TimeOut Sydney, ArtsHub and the Star Observer.
AJ has a unique style of storytelling and comedy that has entertained audiences across Australia.
He hosted Comedy Zone at the 2023 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and was the Official Ambassador for the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2022. AJ was selected and recently completed his residency as part of the Australian Council for the Art’s Future Leader program.
You may have seen AJ on at Brisbane’s MELT Festival, Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival, Chatswood’s Lunar New Year Festival, Sydney and Melbourne Fringe, The Comedy Store, Comedy Republic, The STEAM room with Dr Karl or heard him on numerous podcasts such as The Gargle with Alice Fraser, A Rational Fear with Dan Ilic, Kyran Wheatley‘s Wax Quizzical, Acquisitions Incorporated, Justin Hamilton‘s Big Squid, Maeve Marsden‘s Queerstories.
News & Articles
Kweens of Comedy: the inclusive Sydney comedy night – Triple J, 2023
Can you make a living in Comedy? – ABC News, 2023
Find Sydney tough to crack? Here’s how I found this city’s soul – Time Out Sydney, 2022
David Astle on ABC Melbourne Evenings – ABC Radio Melbourne, 2022
Meet the Sydney comedy kween whose most stylish accessory is his smile – Sydney Morning Herald, 2022
AJ Lamarque is one of the Kweens of Comedy! – Star Observer, 2022
Rising stars to catch at comedy festival (and tell everyone about) – Sydney Morning Herald, 2022
No laughing matter: how comedians are coping with lockdown – ArtsHub, 2021
AJ Lamarque on Covid, comedy and creativity – Sydney Sentinel, 2020
“He has his finger on the pulse, tackles sharp topics with softness, and knows his way around a relatable anecdote.”
“His own standup feels loose and genuine and so dashingly smart, well designed and polished that you don’t notice.”
“playful, inclusive energy and face-aching laughter”
“AJ is charming, witty & full of panache.”
“Lamarque’s stand-up craft is like a scented mind missile, hitting its target with precise panache.”