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Justin Heazlewood is an award-winning triple-threat of writer, musician & comedian. As The Bedroom Philosopher he has appeared on Triple J & ABC TV, releasing three albums including the ARIA-nominated Songs From The 86 Tram. The video for Northcote (So Hungover) earning nearly half a million hits. In 2014 his first non-fiction book Funemployed, about being an artist in Australia, was an indie-hit, earning praise from artists and industry alike. In 2015 an 8-part series was commissioned for Radio National.

Justin has over 10 years experience as a musician and comedian, making him a sharp and endearing host. Justin Heazlewood is a gifted improviser – adept at tailoring material to any occasion, including songs made up on the spot. He acted as host and feature act for The School Of Life, created by Alain De Botton. He performed at Amanda Palmer’s book launch in 2015 and has MC’d at numerous festivals.

As an author, he was a senior writer for Frankie for five years. In 2018 Justin Heazlewood released his childhood memoir “Get Up Mum”. Told with youthful exuberance, Get Up Mum is a wildly endearing, entertaining and incredibly powerful memoir about love, family, and coming-of-age. His 10-part Get Up Mum radio series based on his cassette recordings of himself as a kid was aired on Radio National’s Life Matters. You can listen to the series here.

In 2020 Justin gave a witness statement and presented at the launch of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. He is an ambassador for the Satellite Foundation who offer support for children of parents with a mental illness.

Some links to Justin speaking & performing:

2022 Our Reform mental health conference in Melbourne

2017 Harry Who? The True Heroes of Hogwarts

2015 HERDSA Conference

Bio photo credit:  Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

Testimonials

Justin Heazlewood’s presentation was absolutely engaging, his insight and personal experience was powerful, filled with emotion and plenty of laughs. We booked Justin to close MHV, VMIAC and Tandem’s ‘Our Reform’ Conference, and he delivered a highly engaging piece which clearly resonated with audience members. He was a great drawcard for the conference, and I would highly recommend booking Justin to speak at a public event.

—Marcelle Mogg, CEO of Mental Health Victoria, 2022

“Justin was completely perfect as the last speaker for the day. So many people let me know afterwards how much they needed the laugh at the end of 2 full days of deep thinking and listening. I am so thrilled that this is the way that the booking ended up, it has really cemented my thought that we will go with this kind of intelligent and topical comedy at the end of future events too. Justin was so easy to work with and accommodating and we would book him again in a heartbeat.”

—Aimee Chapman, Emporium Creative Hub, (Conflux Bendigo 2022)

“We engaged Justin as the closing speaker for a mental health reform conference, following from his brilliant performance at the Tandem Awards in 2018. After a day of serious and heavy discussion, Justin’s hilarious and light-hearted comedy was just what was needed to lift the mood at the end of the day.

—Mrie Piu. CEO Tandem

“Justin Heazlewood actually is one in a million, but he’s far too Tasmanian and self-deprecating to actually give himself credit for being a top-notch songwriter, so we’ll just have to deal.”

—Amanda Palmer

“Justin effortlessly led the audience on a whimsical and hilarious journey through an evening of five speakers. His style was consoling, real and extremely responsive to the experience of the audience throughout the evening. Easy to work with and well-versed in all things philosophy and culture, Justin took the event to a new level. I hope to see his crowd-pleasing version of bogan yoga or taxi phone number poetry taking off soon.”

—Megan Sheehy, Head of Programs, The School of Life Australia

“The Bedroom Philosopher’s band show was one of the best things I saw at Port Fairy 2013. My colleague had tears streaming down her face and I honked like a seal with an airless laugh-gasp that neither of us could conceal. The performance was equally as funny as it was clever, and with the addition of his excellent band compadres, showed Heazlewood’s ever-evolving maturity as an artist and musician.”

—Mandi McIntyre, Program Manager – Woodford Folk Festival

“Justin’s humour and honesty has the ability to disarm and win-over artists and audiences alike. His comedy can be biting but he has a gentle, encouraging way of engaging with his subjects during interview. We closed the entire BIGSOUND event this year with a panel discussion curated and directed entirely by Justin and I’ve received nothing but incredible feedback.”

—Nick O'Byrne, Bigsound

“Justin Heazlewood’s Get Up Mum talk struck a great balance between the darkness of childhood, and humour. The addition of cassette tapes alongside readings from the book, gave a raw and interesting insight into his childhood, which really resonated with the audience. He had great engagement with the audience, answering questions, and opening a great conversation that carried through to the book signing after the event.”

—Sarah Restuccia, Melton City Libraries

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