Daniel Reeve is a pretty normal 16-year-old boy. He lives at home with his Mum and Dad, attends school – Oakhill College at Castle Hill – and loves to joke around. He is an unassuming and fairly quiet kind of guy. What is unique about Daniel is his ability to have a laugh, or rather, to make people laugh.
In April 2017, Daniel entered the Class Clown Comedy Festival – a one-of-a-kind, national secondary school comedy competition. Daniel was one of eight finalists to progress to the National competition after auditioning well at the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, with his musical comedy performance about anger management issues. He was flown down to Melbourne where he performed in front of a thousand people at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Daniel performed exceptionally well and won over the judges, being crowned the winner of the national Class Clowns Grand Final – also known as the funniest teen in the country.
During the recent school holidays, Daniel was again appearing in front of thousands of people as a member of the LOL Squad. An initiative of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in association with Arts Centre Melbourne, the program aims to develop young comedians through mentorship and collaboration. With a range of professional mentors, LOL Squad write, act, film and edit original comedy sketches and perform a live comedy show during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Apart from comedy, Daniel is heavily involved in Oakhill College’s musical production. In the upcoming production of “Strictly Ballroom”, Daniel plays the character of Doug Hastings, a quiet, uncanny and mysterious kind of bloke who wishes for his son to be free and dance.
“Like Doug, I think it’s important for people to be free in how they express themselves. There’s nothing better than having an audience laughing at something you’ve spent hours creating. Arguably, I’m a decent writer, actor and musician individually but comedy is an artform that allows me to combine all of these skills into one. My school is partly to thank for my motivation. The drama and music staff at Oakhill College have provided me with so many opportunities and have given me the support and encouragement to always give it my best shot.” said Daniel.
“Strictly Ballroom” will be performed at Oakhill College from 15 – 23 June 2018. Tickets go on sale on 11 March – https://www.trybooking.com/Event/EventListingURL.aspx?aid=27454