Together with Nova and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, we launched a search for the nation’s funniest free thinker.
Almost 200 comedic hopefuls entered. Keen to get their hands on the $20k prize, a mentorship with Joel Creasey, and an opportunity with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
From among that talent, Matt was your clear winner. We can’t wait for you to hear just how “irritatingly good” he is! But don’t take our word for it, we asked Matt a few questions to help you get to know him better:
Why did you enter our Comedic Free Thinker competition?
I have a friend who wins competitions all the time because she enters every one she sees. So, I’ve been trying the same thing. I certainly couldn’t pass up this opportunity. I thought I’d take a swing and somehow it went for six.
What was your first reaction when you discovered that you were the winner?
I had only just woken, so I wasn’t completely sure it was real. I’m still a little suspicious. It feels legit but this could just be a very long dream. Who’s to say?
What are three things the Australian public should know about Matt Storer?
I want a beard but I can’t grow one. And I’m also a proud fan of pineapple on pizza.
Who is your favourite free thinker and why?
Galileo. Half for his free thinking, half for his impressive name.
You are now the voice of Liberty. What do you think will help you to stand out on the airwaves?
John Farnham always told me I was the voice, but only now do I understand it. I’ll be channelling him and trying my best to make a noise and make it clear, so hopefully that helps me stand out.
As the voice of Liberty, you’ll create a Liberty jingle. Do you have a favourite jingle?
It has to be Lube Mobile’s “13 13 32.” An honourable mention goes to “Gooo Harvey Norman! Go!”
You travel as part of your work in the comedy circuit. How do audiences differ from city to city?
Regional areas like their comedy rough around the edges. Melbourne and Sydney prefer comedy that’s a little experimental and unhinged. Perth and Adelaide are somewhere between the two. My act changes a little between cities as you do between your mate’s place and your nanna’s house.
To hear how Matt succeeds in channelling John Farnham and how his jingle-writing skills stack up against the likes of Lube Mobile and Harvey Norman, tune into Nova.