David Massingham


Joined Impro Melbourne  2017

Skills: Improvisor, Comedian, Writer, Director

Performance background:

David is an improviser, sketch comedian and Raw Comedy state finalist with over a decade’s experience making audiences laugh.

He cut his impro teeth working with Queensland’s ImproMafia, where he devised and directed long form formats Murder Village, Agatha Holmes and Tales from the Wireless. On the national stage, David has also performed in Adelaide, Canberra and Perth, on top of stints representing Queensland at Sydney’s Theatresports National Championships.

Since moving to Melbourne in 2016, he has become a company member at both Impro Melbourne and The Big HOO-HAA!

Learn more about David 

Impro credits:

‘The Big HOO-HAA! 24-hour improvised show | Melbourne Fringe Festival (2017) 
‘Murder Village’ (2016)  Performer / Director | Improvised theatrical murder mystery | ImproMafia
‘Theatresports National Championships’ (2016, 2014, 2010, 2009) | Impro Australia
‘Not 4 Kidz’ (2016) Improvisational performer and puppeteer | Brisbane Comedy Festival | ImproMafia
‘GRIMM’ (2014) Improvisational performer | Wonderland Festival (2014) | ImproMafia
‘What the Butler F@#$ed’ (2014) Improvisational performer | Brisbane Fringe Festival (2014) | ImproMafia
‘The Pineapple Club’ (2014, 2013) Improvisational performer | Brisbane Comedy Festival | ImproMafia 

Theatre credit:

‘Funeral Games’ (2017) Role: McCorqoudale | One hour farce by Joe Orton | Melbourne International Comedy Festival | Elwood Social Club Productions
‘Sex Nation’ (2017) Role: Performer / Co-writer / Co-director | One-hour sketch comedy show | Melbourne International Comedy Festival | The Sexy Detectives
‘Cradle Me in Your Arms’ (2016) Role: Soldier | Stage monologue | Finalist, Short + Sweet Festival (2016) 
‘Hyperbole!’ (2016) Role: Performer / Co-writer / Co-director | One-hour sketch comedy show | Performed at Anywhere Festival | The Sexy Detectives 
‘Mono Logs’ (2015, 2014) Role: Performer / Co-writer / Co-director | One-hour sketch show | Melbourne Fringe Festival | The Sexy Detectives 
‘High Status Idiots’ (2013) Role: Performer / Co-writer / Co-director | One-hour sketch show | Adelaide Fringe Festival | Brisbane Fringe Festival | The Sexy Detectives 

Reviews Performance:

“He is confident and charismatic, and his characters are all very strong… from the pastor not-so-subtly attempting to stop a couple from getting wed, to a father making plans for which of his children will inherit his fortune, and to a pun-loving school principal.” – Squirrel Comedy

“David Massingham channeled pure Rowan Atkinson.” – Review Brisbane

“David Massingham is the most dominant presence on stage. With David Walliams-esque energy, he embraces every exaggerated character parody and comic opportunity, including, without missing a beat, some ad-libs.” – Blue Curtain Theatre

Impro Motto or quote:

“My dear boy, why don’t you just try improvising” Paraphrased/bastardised from Laurence Olivier

Impro Mentor: Patrick Duffy 

Favourite Impro Melbourne show or role: Grand Theft Impro

Comic inspirations: Shaun Micallef, Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Laurie

My little secret: If in doubt, focus on character