Tim Ferguson is a comedian, screenwriter and director. He has created, written and starred in many TV series in Australia & the UK. Recent credits include: co-writing (with Edwina Exton) co-directing (with Marc Gracie) the rom-com feature film Spin Out (Sony Pictures) which opened in cinemas nationally in September 2016.  Tim wrote on the feature film The BBQ (2017) directed by Stephen Amis starring Magda Szubanski. He was also Series Script Editor for the ABC1 sitcom Rickets Lane (2015) and The Legend of Gavin Tanner (2016).

Tim is a member of the international comedy success trio the Doug Anthony Allstars (D.A.A.S with Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler) since 1984.  They reformed in 2013 (with Paul ‘Flacco’ Livingston) and have since enjoyed many sold-out major theatre tours nationally, including the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a series of shows in London.

Tim wrote the bestselling memoir Carry A Big Stick which details his career and battle with MS.

He wrote bestselling comedy screenwriting manual The Cheeky Monkey – Writing Narrative Comedy

He is Australia’s foremost teacher of screen comedy, consults for international production companies and networks. Tim conducts his own Cheeky Monkey Comedy Courses worldwide. He currently lectures in comedy & screenwriting at the Australian Film TV & Radio School (AFTRS), RMIT University, Victorian College of Arts (VCA) and the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Tim is also a highly experienced keynote speaker and corporate event host, and an ambassador for the Screen NSW ScreenAbility Initiative.

Tim works various government bodies to generate employment for people with disabilities in the arts, and is Patron of MS Australia and Participation Australia.


Comedian / Screenwriter / Director


Conference Hall 1, Level 2

COMEDY, SUBVERSION & CENSORSHIP The mantra of Corporal Jones in classic British comedy Dad’s Army is a metaphor for the slightly uncomfortable feeling true comedy can evoke. Under the guise of entertainment, comedy can subvert, critique and cross the line. Our panel explores the question of just how far the boundaries can be pushed. MODERATOR Tim Ferguson, Comedian, Screenwriter, Director PRODUCER Mark Ruse, Ruby Entertainment


YOU CAN’T ASK THAT – Live Session

Conference Halls 1 & 2, Level 2

Modelled on You Can’t Ask That, this session brings a group of diverse screen practitioners together to face some hard questions about their roles and representation in the industry. Australia’s screen landscape publicly supports inclusivity, but is it privately still struggling to resolve the tension between content creation for mainstream and niche audiences? To what […]