Sit Down, Shut Up: profiles

Jacqueline Brennan


Jacqueline graduated from the University of Southern Queensland with a Diploma in Performing Arts. She has had an extensive career in theatre and cabaret, including numerous productions for The Royal Queensland Theatre Company and the lead role in Too Darn Hot at The Tivoli Theatre for two years.

Jacqueline toured extensively with a 60s spoof group called The Harlettes. She has also written and performed in her own one-woman show Dangerous When Wet.

Jacqueline's television credits include A Country Practice, Murder Call, Wildside, Stingers and both series of Bullpit. If you've heard her speaking quickly you may recognise her as the voice of a mouse in the very successful film Babe.

Christopher Brown


Christopher is a VCA drama graduate having already had a very successful career in film, theatre and television.

Christopher's television roles include playing Steve in Network TEN'S popular children's series High Flyers, Roberto in Stingers, Pythagoras in Young Hercules and Oscar in Shortland Street.

Christopher performed in Arena Theatre Company's production of Eat Your Young at the Victorian Arts Centre and in a sellout season at the 2000 Adelaide Festival. His solo show Mr. Phase is undergoing development this year at the Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney.

Stephen Curry


Stephen is best known for his loveable role as Dale Kerrigan in The Castle and as Nathan in The Wog Boy. He has also had roles in Raw, Silver Strand and Cut.

Stephen's television roles include Frontline, Full Frontal, Eric Bana Sketch Series, Good Guys Bad Guys, Medivac, Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Good News Week, The Day of the Roses, Queen Kat, Carmel & St. Jude and State Coroner.

Marg Downey


As one of Australia's leading comedy actors, Marg is best known for the numerous characters she brilliantly portrayed on the top-rating sketch comedy series Fast Forward. Marg has also been applauded for several dramatic roles she has undertaken for television and theatre, demonstrating her versatility as an actor.

Marg's theatre roles include the lead in A Flea In Her Ear, Sarah in Scenes from a Separation, both with the Melbourne Theatre Company, and An Evening with Merv Hughes for the WA Comedy Theatre. Other theatre credits include Royal Commission into the Australian Economy, and Let's Talk Backwards which toured nationally.

Television roles include Something Stupid, Good Guys Bad Guys, Get A Life, Blue Heelers, Economy Class, Fast Forward, Full Frontal and The D Generation.

Marg's skill with accents make her a sought after voice over artist for radio and television commercials and documentary narrations. She is in constant demand for her voice in popular animation series including The New Adventures of Ocean Girl, The Silver Brumby, L'il Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers, and The Magic Pudding.

Jodie Dry


Jodie graduated from NIDA with a degree in Performing Arts (Acting) in 1996. Since then, her television credits include Grass Roots, All Saints, Wildside, Stingers, Farscape, Big Sky, Spellbinder II, and as a regular in the ABC drama Children's Hospital.

Jodie played Maid Marion in a musical production of Robin Hood at the Sydney Opera House and her first feature film, Starring Duncan Wiley, is due for release later this year. She has also done some professional singing in various Adelaide local bands.

On the subject of Sit Down, Shut Up, Jodie says, "I've never done sitcom before, so it's all very new and exciting. I love the live audience element. It's kind of a mix of television and live theatre, which is great".

"Julia is a challenge as she's kind of the 'straighter' one surrounded by all of these wacky, eccentric characters. The temptation is to make her larger than life as well. It's so much fun to have a job where you go to work and laugh all day".

Paul Gleeson


Paul's most notable film role to date is as Lt. George Band in Terrence Mallick's movie The Thin Red Line. Paul's other movie roles include David Caesar's Idiot Box and more recently, Komodo for Warner Roadshow.

Paul has many television credits, including A Country Practice, Janus, The Mercury, Blue Heelers, Flipper, and most recently, the telemovies Dogwoman and Virtual Machine.

Paul has a keen interest in the wine industry, sport, music and knocking up a storm in the kitchen. He also enjoys many hours in his home recording studio.

Tayler Kane


Tayler has worked and studied in the United Kingdom and has returned to Australia to gain roles in film and television.

He worked with the Working Dog team on their latest movie The Dish and has had television roles in Legacy of the Silver Shadow, The Tribe, Queen Kat, Carmel & St. Jude, Good Guys Bad Guys, Fire, and Time Trax.

Tim McLoughlan


Tim's lucky break came in a nationwide sketch-writing competition run by the Comedy Channel.

Since then, he has been seen on the Comedy Channel as one of the leads in The Secret Life of Me, as well as appearing in Who's Stefan O'Shaunessy and Introducing Gary Petty.

Over the years Tim has also dabbled in radio, both as a writer and performer.

With Brendan he co-devised Sit Down, Shut Up and has provided additional material for most of the series.

Brendan Reed


Brendan, himself a teacher, was, like Tim McLoughlan, discovered in a nationwide sketch-writing contest! Although, he claims his real break in television came when he was forced to model cummerbunds for a formal hire company in the Victorian country town of Warrnambool.

Brendan is seen on the Comedy Channel as the lead in The Secret Life of Me, Who's Stefan O'Shaunessy, Introducing Garry Petty and as a stand up in Home Grown Comedy.

Brendan's talents do not stop at acting. He also co-devised and wrote most of this series, and is a performer/writer on radio.