The multi talented comedian, actor/presenter and musician began his career by becoming a national triple J RAW finalist in 2004, at the age of 18, after only 3 previous gigs (those being the preliminary stages of the competition!). Since then he has gone on to win multiple awards for his stand up comedy, toured the world and appeared on countless television shows.
2012 proved to be a breakthrough year for Matt – His debut stand up show Being Black N Chicken N Shit had a sell-out season at the Brisbane Comedy Festival, was nominated for, and won, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s award for ‘Best Newcomer’ award, and had a highly-acclaimed season at the prestigious Soho Theatre in London’s West End.
In the same year, Matt once again toured nationally and internationally (Singapore, Hong Kong & India) with the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow, and was also an official participant in the invite-only Montreal “Just For Laughs” Comedy Festival. He supported Aziz Ansari in front of sell-out shows (2000+ people) at the Melbourne Arts Centre (Hamer Hall) and the Sydney Opera House (Concert Hall), and took to the stage at various festivals around Australia and England including Homebake, Falls Festival, and Reading. In 2013, Matt returned to the Australian festival circuit with his show, Broken Diamond House, which saw him have sold out seasons in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, as well as winning the “Best of the Fest (local)” award at the Sydney Comedy Festival.
Matt then returned to the UK in August 2013, with a highly-acclaimed season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, receiving five star reviews and a coveted “Best Newcomer” nomination.
He backed it up again in 2014 with sell-out seasons in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney with his third major show, Happiness Not Included, and supported Dave Chappelle and Chelsea Handler on their Australian tours. 2014 was also the year Matt joined Alex Dyson as the co-host of Triple J Breakfast where he stayed until the end of 2016 to focus on other pursuits.
He has scooped some major accolades in the past few years, including the prestigious Director’s Choice Award at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his intrinsically personal show, The Other Guy. Following the success of this live stand-up show the popular TV channel Stan announced The Other Guy as one of the new original productions for 2017, to be written by and starring Matt Okine. Other Awards that year consisted of the 2015 ARIA Award for Best Comedy Release for Matt Okine; Live at the Enmore Theatre. He also collected a nomination for Best Comedy Performer at the 2015 Helpmann Awards, as well as a nomination for Best International Show at the 2015 NZ International Comedy Festival.
He performs sell out national tours of his live shows year in, year out and supporting international acts including Dave Chappelle and Chelsea Handler, as well as appearing regularly in several TV shows including ABC TV’s It’s a Date and Dirty Laundry Live and SBS’s Legally Brown. Matt has also just finished working with the ABC on the upcoming show Short Cuts To Glory: Matt Okine Vs Food.