Brian is a performer, writer and producer. He was a primary teacher who fled the classroom to become a waiter at theatre restaurant, The Last Laugh. He was a writer/performer on the hospital soap opera ‘Let The Blood Run Free’ and was a regular on ‘Hey Hey It's Saturday’ as the tortured street poet Raymond J Bartholomeuz.
For the last eleven years, Brian has been writing, producing and co hosting the SBS music quiz show, ‘RocKwiz’. In 2013, Brian narrated and acted in ‘Vandemonian Lags’ for the MONA Gallery in Hobart. In 2012, Brian hosted a series for the Working Dog team on Channel Seven, ‘Pictures Of You’.
Brian does studio warm ups for television shows, contributes to The Age, 774 ABC Radio and Three Triple R. He is an experienced MC for a wide variety of public events and corporate functions. Brian regularly performs a one-hour poetry show in schools.
Other theatre credits include writing and performing in ‘Storming St Kilda By Tram’, ‘On Shifting Sandshoes’ and ‘Full House, No Vacancies’ for Theatreworks and ‘It’s A Dad Thing’ at the Athenaeum Theatre. Brian has written, performed and produced solo shows, ‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ and ‘Open Road’ for the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Brian co-produced and co-wrote ‘Boys and Balls’ for ABC TV and was the producer of ‘Class Clowns’, an annual Comedy Festival project.
Brian’s Music Quiz
Combining inspiration gained from fifteen years as a co-host of RocKwiz, a life time of being a passionate music fan and thirty years’ experience as one of Australia’s most enduring and popular comedians, ‘Brian Nankervis' Music Quiz' is a sure fire corporate hit! For all demographics, all ages.
As a standalone act, or in tandem with his wider role as MC, Brian quickly divides the room into two teams … usually women v men, but this can vary according to the client’s wishes … and for the next ten, twenty or forty minutes, the two teams battle it out, identifying well known songs using prerecorded music cues and answering music related questions. There’s individual and group singing, dancing, karaoke and comedy. Everyone is involved!
Brian has done his music quiz at a diverse range of events all over Australia, in board rooms and ballrooms, small theatres and cavernous auditoriums. At award nights, conferences and gala dinners. In schools, factories, outdoor events and, for the last few years, with a notoriously tough crowd at the TV Week Logie Awards!*
The setup is beautifully simple … one microphone and music playback through the PA.
Brian’s Music Quiz … a must for your next event.
Brian read the crowd perfectly and did a fabulous job entertaining our group.
Nutrien AG Solutions
Brian was a huge hit. Our gala dinner was outstanding and in no part due to Brian’s enthusiasm. He is so easy to work with, and is a no-risk entertainer. Clean, appropriate, engaging, friendly … so many wonderful things. Everyone just absolutely loved him and everyone got into the Rockwiz competition. Having Brian as an MC for an awards with a Rockwiz show thrown in is a guarantee to an outstanding dinner event. Highly recommended.
Brian, just a quick note to say I thought you did the most magnificent job at The Logies. Everyone wanted to keep playing music trivia!!! Gary Sweet doing Mick Jagger to ‘Satisfaction'! Seriously, all through the night you were fantastic.
Brian is a great host and MC at these gigs – brings a warmth and humour and always well received by audience - knows how to roll with the room.
Peter Rix Management
He was AMAZING!
Brian was so great that we immediately booked him straight away for next year.
Bank of Melbourne
We found Brian Nankervis to be highly professional in his approach as well as an excellent choice for both our MC as well as the entertainment. A few days before our event he was pleased to be involved in a teleconference with our event team and listened carefully to our comments, on the evening of the event he worked through our event plan with us and even noted difficult names in our event awards in phonetic format to ensure everything was correct.
His attention to detail ensured that our event went well, plus when we had some minor changes during the evening nothing was too much trouble and he still delivered a perfect outcome for us. We cannot speak highly enough of his professionalism as our MC and, of course, his entertainment capabilities are also exceptional. As a result of Brian’s involvement we had comments that this was perhaps our best event ever!
Australian Radio Communications Industry Association
Brian was and is fabulous. He followed our brief, was extremely easy to work with and entertained the crowd from the get go. He arrived early to get a ‘feel’ for our group and took the opportunity to have a chat with some as well as garner input on anyone they thought he should try to engage with.
From start to finish, with our diverse group of customers, he was fabulous. There wasn’t one person there that wasn’t smiling or actually engaged in calling out the answers. We can highly recommend Brian for any event! He’s a true professional.
Nutrien Ag Solutions