Steven Oliver, Writer/Performer
Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kuku-Yalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi peoples. He was born in Cloncurry in North West Queensland and grew up in Townsville before moving to Perth to study performing arts.
He has worked with numerous theatre companies and arts organisations across Australia but became notorious with ABC’s hit sketch show Black Comedy as a writer/actor/associate producer. He has starred in ABC i-views’ Tiger Cops, hosted A Very Sexy Xmas for the ABC and was one of the only two recipients of Screen Australia’s inaugural Blackspace initiative; which saw the creation of his premiere web series A Chance Affair, which screened internationally as well as on domestic and international flights with Virgin Airlines, SBS on demand; and has been nominated for best web series in the LGBTIQ Australian Awards and Screen Producers Australia Awards. He is also a published poet (Ora Nui, Australian Poetry Journal, Solid Air) and playwright (Proppa Solid, published by Playlab Press) and featured in the 2018 National Play Festival with his play From Darkness; later performed at La Boite Theatre in 2019. Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky for which he was co-writer and presenter of, won best documentary at the Australian International Documentary Conference 2021.
His poetry and comedic work has collectively garnered tens of millions of views online, with his comedic work bringing him to the attention of renowned New Zealand director, Taika Waititi. This led to a cameo that saw him alongside Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum in Thor: Ragnarok.
His one-man cabaret shot Bigger & Blacker made its world premiere at the 2019 Adelaide Cabaret Festival to rave reviews and was listed as an AdCabFave, and will tour nationally, starting with La Boite Theatre.