In less than eighteen months, Bruce went from first time ‘Open Miker’ to 1996 Comic Of The Year.

He initially ventured onstage in 1995 “just to do something with the leftover material”. (At the time, he was writing for the Seven network’s Denton.) Six months later he won the NSW Final of the Funny Business/Triple J “Make Me Laugh” Award (the forerunner to Raw Comedy), and in a fortnight was performing at the 1996 Adelaide Fringe Festival on invitation.

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Following the Fringe, Bruce was recorded for Channel 31′s Comedy Unlimited program, and in December went on to win Comic Of The Year and appear on the McFeast New Year’s Eve Special.

In ’97, he appeared as a feature performer on The Comedy Channel’s stand-up series Headliners, and featured six times on the “Home Grown Humour” series on the Austereo Radio Network across Australia.

Also that year, in addition to regular gigs, he appeared in The Comedy Hotel’s ’97 “Next Wave” stand-up showcase, in Sydney University’s “Alternative Braindump 3″, and for the second year running at the Amnesty International Comedy Festival (forerunner to the Sydney Comedy Festival).

In May ’98, from 64 entrants, he won The Parramatta Club’s “Big Giggle” stand-up showdown. That same year he supported international acts as diverse as Barry Diamond (guest star onSeinfeld and Friends), Edinburgh Festival Perrier Award Winner Arj Barker (as part of the inaugural Sydney Comedy Festival), Stevie “The Regurgitator” Starr and Mr Methane.

At the start of 2000, he shifted base to London to perform on the U.K. and Irish stand-up circuits, and recorded two sets for the Live At Jongleurs stand-up series.

In August 2001, he recorded for the BBC’s prestigious The Stand Up Show.

In 2003, he shifted base back to Sydney to take up a number of writing offers, returning to Europe for seven weeks in 2006 to tour stand-up venues in the U.K. and Germany, and again in 2010 for a series of dates in England.

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