Dan Ilic performs stand up at the Bella Union

Dan Ilic performs stand up at the Bella Union

Dan Ilic is one of most prolific voices in Australian media.  Part comedian, part journalist, Dan calls himself an Investigative Humorist.

He has been making television in Australia for ten years. His credits include: Australia’s Funniest Home Videos (Nine), The Olympic Show (NBC), The Ronnie Johns Half Hour (Ten), The Mansion (Comedy), Hungry Beast (ABC), Hamster Wheel (ABC), Can of Worms (Ten), The Feed (SBS2) as well as being a regular on comedy panel shows and news magazine programs. 

In 2015 Dan took up the role of  Senior Satire producer AJ+ English, Al Jazeera’s digital platform for millennials. He returned to Australia later that year to develop digital video strategy for Fairfax Media’s largest news products.  Later that year Dan was named by Fairfax Media’s Green Guide as a “digital disruptor”  in their list of “Australian TV’s dealmakers and players.”.

Dan took his brand of evidence based shitstiring to the COP21 climate change talks in Paris, where he hosted and produced, Fossil Of The Day, a daily satirical take on the climate negotiations.

He is also a prolific radio broadcaster having started his radio career on Up For It, FBi Radio’s Breakfast program, Dan has gone on to host programs on Triple J, Radio National, and regularly fills in on Breakfast on the top rating 702 ABC Sydney. As a passionate supporter of community broadcasting, Dan served on the board of FBi Radio for two years.

Downwind Media, Dan’s branded entertainment company, has been responsible for some of the most talked about advertising campaigns in Australia. Some of the clients Dan has created work for include, Dick Smith Foods, Vic Roads, Get Up!, Apple,  GAME, Mitsubishi Electric, The Australian Olympic Committee, Honda, Destination Queenstown and The Commonwealth Bank.

As a video journalist for Fairfax, Dan covered the DNC in Denver, the Sundance Film Festival and broke the news to the world of Heath Ledger’s death in New York City.

In 2011 Dan wrote and directed Y2GAY which became a finalist at Tropfest, and since played at over 20 film festivals around the world.

As a comedian Dan has performed on stage and at festivals all around the world, including New York, Edinburgh and Afghanistan. He is the creator of Sydney sketch club night Comicide, and co-founded the long running Sydney improv show Full Body Contact No Love Tennis, and the live satirical smash hit radio program A Rational Fear (FBi Radio / ABC RN).

In 2014 Dan raised over $50000 through crowdfunding to make A Rational Fear into webseries. The digital season was so successful that A Rational Fear partnered with The Guardian Australia, and went on to sell out two shows at the Sydney Opera house and be nominated in that year’s Walkely Awards for journalism.  He is currently a judge for the 2016 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship.

Dan’s commitment to causing trouble for a good cause reached fever pitch with his Melbourne Fringe Festival show Beaconsfield: A Musical in A Flat Minor, which chronicled the media exploitation of the Beaconsfield mine disaster. Dan recently told this story to the world on stage at the Sydney Opera House for The Moth Radio Hour.



2016 “#Twitchike2016” – ABC TV – iView
2013-2016 “The Feed” SBS2 – Senior Satire Reporter
2013-2016 “Studio 10” – Network Ten – Guest Co Host – Regular Guest
2015 “Dateline” – SBS
2014 “Stand Up @ Bella Union” – SBS – Guest
2011-13 “Mornings” Nine Network – Regualr Guest / Dan Report
2011-13 “Can Of Worms” Network Ten – Co Host
2010 “ADbc”   SBS Television – Guest
2009-11 “Hungry Beast” ABC TV Host/Reporter

2009 “The Mutant Way” Channel 31/Deakin TV  – Guest
2008-2009 “9am” Network Ten – Guest
2008 “This Week In Shorts” Network Ten (Pilot) Performer/Director
2008 “The Mansion” Comedy Channel Director/Performer
2008 “Sleek Geeks” ABC TV  (Guest)
2007 “NYE Broadcast” Network Ten (Guest)
2007 “360” (Pilot) Jigsaw Entertainment Writer/Animator/Performer
2007 “2030 Project” City Of Sydney TVC Director/Writer/Himself
2007 “Axe Tape” (Pilot) Fairfax Digital Writer/Voice Over
2005-2006 “Ronnie Johns” Network Ten Writer/Lead Performer
2005 “Tonight On Ten”, Network Ten Host
2006   “NYE 2006 Broadcast” Network Ten Bruce Gyngell (Guest)
2004- 2005 “Funniest Home Videos” Nine Network Herman (Regular Guest)
2003 “Audition” (Pilot) Hayden Group Host
2000 “Cool Room” Nine Network Guest
1984 “Romper Room” Seven Network Guest


2015 The New Satirists – Sydney Opera House – FODI
2014 “A Rational Fear” Sydney Opera House – FODI
2014 “A Rational Fear” Splendour In The Grass”
2013 “A Rational Fear” Sydney Opera House – FODI
2013 “Celebrity Theatresports” Player
2013 “A Rational Fear” Splendour In The Grass”
2013 “Dan Ilic Is Legally Ambiguous” – Stand Up MICF
2011 “Evapor-aid” Flood Fundraiser for QLD – Melbourne – Host/Producer
2011 “Evapor-aid” Flood Fundraiser for QLD – Sydney – Host/Producer
2012-13 “Sidekicks” – S.Vagg/L.Alston – Lead Role – Adelaide Fringe/MICF
2012 “Celebrity Theatresports” – Player
2008-09 “Beaconsfield: a musical…” Downwind Media Lead/Writer
2008 “Comicide: Death by funny” Downwind Media Lead/Writer
2007 “A Night On Broadway” Mosman Musical Soc. Lead (EP)
2007 “Impro Royale” Twisted Melon Lead Player
2007 “Scrabble Unscripted” Impro Australia Guest Player
2007 “Chopper Harden The F Up” Laughing Stock Video Guest/ Video Director
2006 “Chopper Bingo” Laughing Stock Lead (Guantanamo Ray)
2006 “Hoff: The Musical” Tap Gallery Lead (Peter Neathway/Jad)
2004 “How To Succeed In Business” SYMT Minor Lead (Wally Womper)
2004 “The 3rd Degree” Laughing Stock Lead/Writer
2003 “Beatification of Newt Berton” Laughing Stock Lead (Newt/Time Man)


2016 The Moth Radio Hour – Live from Sydney – Sydney Opera House
2013-2016  702 ABC Sydney / Radio National – Regular Fill In Host
2013 “A Rational Fear” – ABC Radio National
2012-13 “A Rational Fear” – Host FBi Radio
2008 Fox FM – The Show With No Name Host
2003-2010 FBi Radio –Broadcaster.
  • Medium Is The Massage Regular Segment
  • Up For It (breakfast) Host
  • Weekend Overhang (weekend breakfast) Host
  • The Doorlist Host
  • All- Nighter Host
  • Up For It, Out Of the Box, Lunch, The Bridge Standby Host
  • Various Sponsorship Announcements Voice
1997-20010 Triple J – Guest/Voice/Character
  • Restoring The Balance Guest (Alan Jones)
  • Mid-Dawn Guest Co-Host
  • Hack Profile / Guest
  • Super Request with Caroline Tran Regular Guest (Super Poet)
  • Comicide Radio Host/Broadcaster
  • Bondi FM
  • Smart Arts Host
  • Smart Arts Regular Guest
2001   2SER FM
  • Undercurrents Profile (New Media)
  • Undercurrents Profile (Filmmaker)


2015 -2016 Fairfax Media. Senior Strategist and Video Evangelist. (Sydney Morning Herald / The Age / Domain)
2015 “Fossil Of The Day” – COP21 – Climate Action Network (Host/Writer/Producer)
2015 “AJ + English” Senior Satire Producer
2011-2014 “A Rational Fear” – Satirical Web Series
2011 “AfghanistandUp”  Fairfax Media – Documentary Web Series
2008 51st State, Fairfax Media/Heavy.com writer/presenter
2008 Shooting Blanks, Fairfax Media writer/director
2007-8 Alan Jones, SMH.com.au/theage.com.au writer/performer/director
2007 Spoof “David Hicks on MTV’s Cribs” Hits: 40 000+ Lead (David Hicks) /Writer
2006 Spoof “Where The F…. Hell Are you?” Hits: 300,000+ Director/Writer