Garry Starr is the alter-ego of Australian/British actor and comedian Damien Warren-Smith.
Having struggled for much of his life to stick at anything, Damien discovered there was much hilarity to be found (for everyone but himself and his long-suffering Mother) in attempting to do everything at once for the sake of art. Thus, Garry Starr Performs Everything was born.
"Damien Warren-Smith’s alter ego delivers a drama masterclass, leading us from clownish chaos to feats of comic genius"
The show was directed by Cal McCrystal (One Man Two Guvnors [Tony Awards 2012], The Mighty Boosh, Atomic Saloon Show) and premiered at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2018 where it picked up two awards and critical acclaim before transferring to the prestigious Malthouse Theatre during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Here Damien was nominated for both Best Newcomer and the Golden Gibbo (Best Independent Artist).
The show then headed to the UK where it collected a string of awards at Brighton Fringe Festival (Balkan/Otherplace Award and Best Comedy nominee), Buxton Fringe Festival (Theatre Award nominee), Greater Manchester Fringe Festival (Best Comedy), and the world's largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe where it sold out for 25 consecutive nights (including 2 additional late night performances) and gained critical acclaim from some of the UK’s biggest publications.
“Over far too soon, this calling card of a solo debut from Warren-Smith leaves you hoping to see much more of Starr”
Following Edinburgh the show transferred to London’s Soho Theatre, one of the world’s most respected venues for independent comedy where it sold out and once again drew the attention of industry and the national press.
“A masterclass in mockery...
Warren-Smith is clearly a talented all-round performer”
In 2019 the show toured nationally around Australia and NZ taking in Christchurch, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Wellington, Brisbane and various regional areas, before returning to Europe and playing international festivals in Berlin, Orkney and Oslo. It also sold out the Lyric Hyperion in Los Angeles and is soon to appear in Las Vegas.
"An anarchic play-date with a six-foot-two toddler with a mop of fuzzy hair, no inhibitions and far too much raspberry cordial on board. It’s an exhilarating feeling."
Following the success of Garry Starr Performs Everything Damien once again teamed up with director Cal McCrystal to create his second solo show Garry Starr Conquers Troy which has also toured extensively and gained critical acclaim.
"The lunatic absurdity of the show’s flapdoodle humour (which at its best attains a Pythonesque quality) will lay siege to any serious defence you might have against laughing like a drain."
Sydney Morning Herald
"Uproariously funny...a superb, accessible clown"
"Exquisite clowning...effortlessly likeable...an hour you won't want to end"
"A masterclass in silliness"
"A genuinely unpredictable experience...surprising, brilliant and clever"
Beyond The Joke