Simon Palomares) is one of the most sought after stand up comedians, established actor and corporate speakers in Australia. For the past year he has been touring as part of the hit show, IL DAGO. Simon has just returned from Montreal, Canada, where he was invited to the prestigious JUST FOR LAUGHS comedy festival. Simon conducts popular comedy Masterclasses throughout Australia.
Simon is Spanish-Australian best known for his character "Ricky" in the Acropolis Now television series.Simon has a Bachelor of Education in drama and psychology and studied acting at the renowned Juan Carlos Corazza School in Madrid. Recently he completed a post-graduate degree in arts and entertainment management at Deakin University.
Stand-up comedy and theatre
Simon was one of the creators and stars of the Wogs Out of Work comedy stage show, which later evolved into the
Acropolis Now TV series. He has performed comedy shows in the United States, Canada, Spain and Argentina where he performs stand-up in Spanish. Simon has toured Australia in a combination cooking program and stand-up comedy show called Palomares Cooks Calamares.
Simon has worked as a writer in Madrid, Spain, and directed a flamenco version of Lorca'sThe House of Bernarda Alba at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. He performed in 2007-2011 with fellow comedians George Kapiniaris, Joe Avati and Jason Chong in a national tour of their show Il Dago. In July 2011 Palomares was invited to the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal by Paramount Comedy (Spain) to record a Spanish comedy TV special for Canadian OMNI Channel. In 2011 he also produced a 13 episode series for C31 in Melbourne called Passion to Profession.
Television and film
Most recently he has performed for the program Nuevos Comicos on Paramount Comedy (Spain) and completed a documentary called KO HO NAS (Cojones) for Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) shown in Australia on November 11, 2009. He wrote and directed a short film, The Usual, which was acclaimed at the St Kilda Film Festival.
In 2006, he created, co-hosted and commentated on The Foosy Show, a program where contestants play table football (foosball), with George Kapiniaris on Channel 31 in Melbourne. In addition to his acting credits, he appeared as himself in an episode of the ABC series Smallest Room in the House, a series in which stand-up comedians told true stories of their upbringing.
Palomares has directed episodes of Neighbours and was second unit director on Totally Full Frontal. He has also provided voices in the video games Rome: Total War (2004) and Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion (2005).