By dan

GetUp 2013: Three Videos I’m Heaps proud of

This past election season I had the great opportunity to
work with the sharp brains and bleeding hearts at GetUp!. GetUp!
are a fantastic non partisan lobby group who fight for progressive
change in Australian politics. Since
2006 I’ve been creating communications that cut through and educate
the electorate on policy often using the sharpest most pointed
It’s been a wonderful synergy. This year I took a
more hands on role in content creation. Two days a week I
worked on strategy, writing, directing, and producing bits of
content throughout the election campaign with my producer, Peter
Slee, at Motion Picture Company.

Often the brief would land in our inbox 3
days before it was to air or be published. That kind of turn around
is really exciting, but also terrifying, and compromises always get
made to get the final product over the line in time, but the work
is truly fulfilling. Working with such a passionate, beautiful
bunch of people who are slaving their guts out to make our country
better everyday is a privilege. Here are three of my favourite
spots I worked on for Electapoolooza 2013.

Bad Designs –
Manus Island

(Write/Direct/VO) When Kevin announced the
expansion of Manus Island, I was with one of the GetUp team in the
car listening to the announcement on the radio. We made a few dark
jokes about how only way this policy could be more palatable is if had been on Grand Designs. Two weeks
later we delivered this sketch. (I’m particularly proud of my Kevin
McCloud Impression… and I know.. the word Bespoke is missing)

Game Of Seats

(Write/Direct) The brief here
was to create a spot about how to vote and inform people about the
senate. It’s a notoriously difficult subject to do properly, and
get the information across in a short space of time without boring
people to suicide. We tried many different scripts, from simple
explainers, to nude sketches, to hip hop raps, to Game of Thrones
hip hop raps. We finally settled on this Game Of Thrones inspired
sketch. It
came out about two weeks before Juice Media’s Rap News
Theirs blew up due to the Assange factor. I
was totes jellz. This was an epic production, we shot in a 70’s
besser block castle on the sunshine coast, that on first glance
looked hokey, but one screen came up a treat. We started rolling at
9am and finished at 6pm, and delivered the edit to GetUp two days
later. Big thanks go to our wonderful cast, production designer,
and team at Motion Picture Company.

Progressive Australia

(Direct) This spot was
made with real Getup members to remind the membership base what
GetUp does and why they do it. After we made this super
positive spot, Labor put out a spot about two weeks later that
looked very similar that was all negative. Bravo.

By dan


Over the last few weeks I’ve been creating stories for The Feed on SBS2 around the circus of electapoolooza 2013.

Here there are as a triptych so you can elect your balls away….




(And before you all go banging on about it… 1) yes it is very Brooker. 2) Yes in middle australia the dark patch on my face swaps sides… why? because i’m unco and can’t do left right things in mirror.. so I flopped the shot for you nufties. 3) Apparently you can vote below the line.. and above the line just incase you stuff up below the line… don’t take my word for it here’s Antony Green “If you want to be ultra safe, fill in below the line and the fill in one of the above the line squares. The below the line vote takes priority, but if proves to be informal, the ballot paper will revert to the above the line option.”)

By dan

A Rational Fear on Radio National

Someone at ABC Radio will probably lose their job for this… but A Rational Fear is moving to RN for a limited season!

From humble beginnings as a live to air comedy radio program on FBi, A Rational Fear caught the ear of ABC’s Radio National and will be recording every thursday night in June in front of a live audience at Sydney’s Laugh Garage.

Normally we bang out a show filled with a particular style of bullshit once a month, but since this is an election year I’m fairly confident we can deliver the high levels of bullshit each week. We can be serious too, we’ve covered organ donation, climate change and even what it’s like to be a mexican drug lord in Sydney

Joining Me on stage each week will be Chris Taylor (The Chaser) and Lewis Hobba (Hungry Beast/Triple J) as well as a mix of Sydney’s sharpest minds including Tom Ballad (Triple J) HG Nelson (Roy and HG), Heath Franklin (Ronnie Johns’ Chopper), Veronica Milsom (Mad As Hell), Josh Lawson, (Anchor Man 2), Chas Licciardello (The Chaser) Alice Fraser (Nerd Nite) Jazz Twemlow (The Roast), Cameron James (Late Nite Zoo) Scott Abbott (The Checkout) Michelle Lim (Mayor Of Easy Street) Nina Oyama (Erotic Fan Fiction).

A Rational Fear is a tightly packed format held together by the slick musical stylings of DJ Tom Loud, with a combination of sketch, standup, and interviews. Past special guests have included Kamahl, Tim Flannery, Chris Taylor, Mark Colvin, Guido Hatzis, The Bondi Hipsters, Wil Anderson and Leila McKinnon.

A Rational Fear will be on stage every Thursday night in June at Sydney’s Laugh Garage, tickets are $20 on the door. (Doors open at 7pm, 8pm show)

OR BOOK HERE: http://arationalfear2.eventbrite.com/

By dan


I got a call from Dick Smith out of the blue just before christmas. “Dan, I got your number from Andrew Denton, I want to make an ad” Why not? He’s an Australian legend. Sounds like fun.

So I wrote the funniest script I thought I could muster on our tiny $10k budget. Then convinced Dick that it’d be fine to run with the innuendo and the boat people joke. (Which is my favourite considering Dick’s stance on population control)

So we shot it in two days, and after another four days in post … we thought it was pretty funny. There was one group that didn’t think it was funny. The CAD approval people.

Dick had booked over $100k in media spots for the 6pm bulletins on Australia Day which required ads to have a G rating. The lowest rating that CAD would muster was a PG rating.

When I told Dick this yesterday, he was overseas on a business trip. He was furious, incredibly upset.

He refused to talk to me over the phone so he just sent me a barrage of angry texts.

Dick decided to cut his China trip short and is heading back to Australia to sort it out.

In the mean time I’ve put up the Uncensored version on YouTube.

And here are some pics from the shoot.


By dan

Stuff I Directed in 2012

You may be familiar with my comedy work on television and on stage, but what you may not realise is that being a comedian and working television doesn’t necessarily  pay the bills.

So when I can, I try to whore myself out as a writer/director for people with money who want to try and sell you stuff.

So here is a bunch of stuff that I made for various clients this year.

I really enjoy directing comedy, and because I’m a performer first and foremost I’m able work with actors on another level to get the best performances out of them.

Game – Xbox Kinect
Agency: Downwind Media
Production: Motion Picture Company

This was a TVC that was born out of a buch of digital video content that we made for the now in administration “Game”… who still owe me lots of money.

GAME 60sec Online Version from Motion Picture Company on Vimeo.


Bob and Doreen’s Sneak Peek – Commonwealth Bank


Agency: White Agency

Production: Motion Picture Company

CBA Netbank Sneak Peek from Motion Picture Company on Vimeo.

More Bob and Doreen – Commonwealth Bank
Agency: White Agency
Production: Motion Picture Company

CBA – How to use NetBank with Bob and Doreen from Motion Picture Company on Vimeo.

Mitsubishi Electric – Fast Ed
Agency: DMCi
Production: Motion Picture Company

Mitsubishi Electric – Fridge – Fast Ed TVC from Motion Picture Company on Vimeo.

Team Clover
Director, Producer
Agency: Downwind Media
Production: Motion Picture Company

In 2012 I got the opportunity to create a few little videos to help Clover Moore get re-elected. Tiny budget. Nice results.

GetUp! – Don’t Cut Foreign Aid
Production: Motion Picture Company

We made a 90 second version to send out to GetUp! members then, we made a 30 second version once we heard that the government were going to drop the idea of a surplus. In some ways the 30 second is funnier.

GetUp! – Ask For The Aid Back 90 Sec – Dan Ilic from Dan Ilic on Vimeo.

GetUp! – Ask For The Aid Back – Dan Ilic from Dan Ilic on Vimeo.

By dan

Y2Gay to play the LA Comedy Festival!!

If you’re in LA November 4th, swing along to the LA Comedy Festival!!

Y2Gay will be screening in the Shorts Programme 10 at 4pm


Los Feliz 3 Cinemas
1822 N. Vermont Ave.


(Any Aussie comedians in the vicinity of the screening, if you could represent our little film that’d be great…. if you could do a Q And A and film it on your mobile… that’ll also be hilarious!)

By dan

Honing my Jones

The poor parrot, lately he’s been out of his cage causing a racket. Alan Jones has been a powerful force in Australian media for a very long time. It’s been said that his influence can make or break Prime Ministers.

However lately he seems to be losing that golden touch. Traditional media in all forms is becoming flatter, and broadcasting is becoming narrower. I secretly love The Parrot, I think he’s a terrific, strange and repugnant character who claims to be the voice of the battler. He’s one man who is very much in touch with everyday people, he sees them out the window of his chauffeur driven merc , swiftly walks past them on the way to his private lift at his office, peers down at them with binoculars from his penthouse apartment above Sydney’s toaster. I’m sure he even hears stories about battlers from David his butler.

That’s why I love Alan, he’s a guy that’s missing something from his life, so he fills it with the fantastic (and fabulous) Here are several impressions I’ve done of Alan Jones over the years… from the latest to the very first. He’s beautiful character.

Alan Jones has at least ONE advertiser left on his show…. Alan Jones (Thanks to Charlie Pickering for this idea)

Alan Jones makes a heartfelt apology to the Prime Minister:

Alan Jones in Annie The Musical (Hamster Wheel ABCTV)

I can’t find this clip online.. but I’ll see if I can dig it up somewhere else… Written by Chris Taylor, it was a sketch about Jone’s incorrect figures on climate change. Classic Chaser.

Dan Ilic doing Alan Jones at Digital Eskimo’s Do Gooder Launch 

Do Gooder – Dan Ilic does Alan Jones from Do Gooder on Vimeo.

Alan Jones talks climate denial with HG Nelson (Steaming Toad)

Alan Jones does a cameo in I’m A Climate Scientist
Probably my favourite sketch I wrote and directed for Hungry Beast

Ever noticed how John Michael Howson and Alan Jones sound the same?

Alan Jones vs The Worm (Fairfax Media)

Alan Jones calls the date for the 2007 Election (Fairfax Digital)
This was the very first go at it… so the writing is a bit dodgy… and man.. I am seriously fat… why did no one tell me?

A great pic from the set of I’m A Climate Scientist

By dan

Dan Ilic is Legally Ambiguous @ Sydney Fringe



I’ve decided to cobble together some standup some stories and some videos for my first ever solo show.

If you’re a good friend of mine, you are certainly not obliged to come, it’s pretty much the same old dribble you’ve seen for the last few years, compacted in to 50 minutes.
However if you are new to my work then this would be a great introduction to it.

Sep 19,21,22
The Factory Theatre
Main Room Bar

Have you ever been sued by the Australian government? Have you ever tried to assassinate a presidential candidate? Have you ever been heckled by the Taliban? Dan Ilic has.

In his first solo comedy show, Dan Ilic(Ronnie Johns, Hungry Beast, Can Of Worms) takes you behind his comedy to highlight the legal ambiguities in his work. It’s subversive, it’s naughty, it’s raw, it’s very very funny.

Part keynote, part standup, part holiday snaps from Afghanistan, part examination of the human condition.

(if you know Dan personally it’s probably going to the same dinner party stories he’s been peddling for years.)

(Tickets are no longer available on thursday 20th Sept….sorry I forgot I had to do Can Of Worms)

By dan

Kred’s Top Ten Australian Influencers on Social Media

2 politicians, 1 former sports star, 1 reality TV runner up, and 6 young people old people have no idea exist make up the top ten influential Australians on social media according to influence index Kred.

This top ten list shows how the digital devide between old and young exists and is growing. The networks that the stars of youtube and twitter have developed digtally are just as powerful to a global digital audience as traditional media audience in Australia.

Cody Simpson, a 15 year old singer songwriter from the Gold Coast heads up the list, his fame and influence is due in most part to the growth of his YouTube channel.

A couple of comedians from the sketch comedy group The Janoskians are also high up the list. The muckraking teenagers pull pranks in the shopping centres and streets of melbourne and generally causing trouble. They are shambolic and wonderful. The kind of smartarses you wanna be friends with at school, but wouldn’t want to cross.

Another intersting person is Melbourne schoolgirl Jasmine Curtis Smith. While in Melbourne she’s just another girl. In the philipines she’s a massive TV star.

Thanks to the folk at PeopleBrowsr for hooking us up with some sweet data.

Here’s the list:



Kred: 965 Klout: 68

Former Prime Minister.
Renowned Knife Collector.
Has a tea named after him.



Kred: 967 Klout: 69

Prime Minister.
Hairdresser Enthusiast.
Enjoys Moving Forward.



Kred: 970 Klout: 67

Actress / Model.
Big in the Philippines
Goes to School in Melbourne



Kred: 970 Klout: 71

Real life social media expert.
Marketing expert.



Kred: 872 Klout 73

Sporting legend.
Fresh Faced.
Wears white undies.



Kred: 974 Klout: 78

Came fourth on The Voice.
Not related to Bono.



Kred:  984 Klout: 68

Teenager on the Gold Coast.
Best friend of Cody Simpson.
(Cody Simpson Halo Effect)



Kred:  985 Klout: 80

Melbourne Teenager.
YouTube Prankster.



Kred: 992 Klout: 83

Melbourne Teenager.
YouTube Prankster.
Janoskians. (The good looking one)



Kred: 1000 Klout: 85

15 year old.
YouTube Star.

By dan

The Sydney Mining Herald: Fairfax’s Future

Thinking ahead 5-10 years to when Gina Rinehart finally sacks a few Fairfax executives, rips up the charter, and installs a sympathetic board, it’s not too hard to imagine the front page of the SMH for that day. I should point out here that I occasionally work worked for Gina Fairfax Media… 

Click Image for full picture.

(Additional jokes from Scott Mitchell)

GetUp 2013: Three Videos I’m Heaps proud of
A Rational Fear on Radio National
Stuff I Directed in 2012
Y2Gay to play the LA Comedy Festival!!
Honing my Jones
Dan Ilic is Legally Ambiguous @ Sydney Fringe
Kred’s Top Ten Australian Influencers on Social Media
The Sydney Mining Herald: Fairfax’s Future