‘Investigative Humourist’ Dan Ilic is one of Australia’s most prolific comedy voices, known for his work across TV, film, radio and stage.
Ilic is known for raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to shame the Australian government’s record on climate action in Times Square, New York City before the Glasgow climate talks in 2021.
As host of the popular podcast and live comedy show “A Rational Fear,” Dan brings together industry leaders, journalists, comedians and politicians to use comedy to explore big issues such as climate change, press freedom and the intersection of culture and the internet. “A Rational Fear” won Best Comedy Podcast at the Australian Podcast Awards in 2020 and 2021.
Ilic started his career on TV shows including “The Ronnie Johns Half Hour” (TEN), “Hungry Beast” (ABC) “Can of Worms” (TEN), and “Insiders” (ABC).
He has sold out shows at the Sydney Opera House, entertained with seasons on ABC Radio National, and performed stand-up under rocket fire in Kandahar.
As a journalist, in 2008 Dan scooped the world to the news of Heath Ledger’s death and covered the U.S. election for Fairfax Media, In 2015, he was appointed the senior satire producer of Al Jazeera’s youth publisher AJ+, and in 2016, he covered the U.S. election while executive producer of satire for Fusion/Gizmodo Media Group in the U.S.
He landed back in Australia as the executive producer and showrunner of the daily satirical TV show “Tonightly with Tom Ballard” (ABC), then more recently, the AACTA nominated “At Home Alone Together” (ABC), a coronavirus comedy lifestyle show.
In 2019, Ilic was acknowledged by the Obama Foundation’s Leaders Asia-Pacific for his work in satire and climate change activism, and was a 2020 Bertha Foundation Fellow.