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Born February 3, 1971 in Orbost, Victoria, Gabriel's family moved to Melbourne when Gabriel was only one year old. Even as a young child, Gabriel would entertain his sister's friends when they came around, but he didn't do his first public performance until the age of 10, at a school camp, where he recited a fifteen minute-long "Cheech and Chong" sketch. The performance was so popular that there was an encore performance at school assembly later that week to a huge response.
However, after that initial success, Gabriel left the world of comedy only to return fifteen years later. I t was mid 96 when he made his first appearance as a stand-up comic on the gruelling Melbourne pub circuit. This time he was all grown up and was using his own material! It wasn't too long before Gabriel was finding his feet and growing in stature. Realising that he found his passion in life, Gabriel focussed very heavily on his comedy by watching the local acts and learning the intricate rules about being funny.
By early 1998, Gabriel had reached the state final of the Triple J Raw Comedy Competition. The competition was tough. The winner that year was Chris Franklin, who has since gone on to have a number one hit single with "Bloke"! 1998 proved to be the year in which Gabriel Rossi came of age. It was during this year that he became one of Melbourne's premier acts, regularly MCing comedy nights and appearing as a Headline act at all the major comedy venues.
In early 1999, Gabriel had a brief stint on breakfast radio on TTFM, where he was performing song parodies live on air. The Champagne Comedy program on Channel 31 commenced in June and Gabriel is the performer most regularly used on this program. Long-running Channel 31 program, The Comic Box also utilised Gabriel to host their program. On a personal level, in September 99, Gabriel was married to the lovely Kelly and yes, that is her on the cover of his new CD, Mama's Boy!
In 2000, Gabriel put on his first Melbourne International Comedy Festival show called "Melbourne - the Musical." The show was a runaway success and received rave reviews. In May 2000, Gabriel reverted back to his Italian/Calabrese roots and began touring Australia with Joe Avati. Along with Joe, he performed to the Italian communities in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and country Victoria, and was very well received. Having had success in the mainstream market, Gabriel relished the challenge and was reborn as an Italo-Australian comic. In other words, he found a new string to his bow and ran with it.
In 2001, Gabriel's first CD release entitled Mama's Boy is sure to put him on the comedy map. The result is a culmination of five years of working in comedy in both the Italian and mainstream Aussie market. There is definitely something for both. It is being officially launched in April in Sydney, then Melbourne. Gabriel will then resume touring with Joe where they will head north to Queensland and back to country Victoria and Tasmania in the near future. Keep an eye out for the CD & Gabriel Rossi.