Biography for Author and Comedian Xavier Toby
With a background that includes engineering, journalism, creative writing and comedy, Xavier brings a unique skill set and perspective to his every undertaking.
Over the last decade Xavier’s performed on the comedy circuit and at festivals throughout Australia and around the world. At the same time as frequently contributing to several highly regarded newspapers, magazines and websites.
After spending six months on a mining site in 2013, in February 2014 UWA Publishing released Xavier’s debut non-fiction book: ‘Mining My Own Business’. Following on from its success, the sequel ‘Going Out of My Mined’ was released in November 2015.
Xavier continues to perform at comedy clubs and festivals, as well as staging his regularly sold-out comedy and history walking tour:
‘When We Were Idiots’. His recent touring has taken him around the world, including a run of sold out shows in New York City, where he currently resides when not in Australia.
“With a warm, laid back style that delivers real insight, Xavier proves it’s possible to deliver an intelligent message at the same time as a constant stream of original punch lines.” – Herald Sun, Melbourne
“Toby tackles heavier, contemporary topics … with a light touch and handful of zingers” – Time Out, New York
“A joy to watch” – Perth Now
‘Mining My Own Business’ – Feb 2014 through UWA Publishing
‘Going out of My Mine’ – November 2015 through UWA Publishing
Current Contributing Writer
Brisbane – Courier Mai
Sydney – Daily Telegraph
Melbourne – Herald Sun
Sydney Morning Herald
Lost at E Minor
The Big Smoke
Previous Festival Appearances
Adelaide Fringe Festival 2012, 2013, 2014
Anywhere Theatre Festival 2013, 2014, 2015
Brisbane Fringe & Comedy Festival 2014
Cairns Festival 2013
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012
Hong Kong Comedy Festival 2012
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
New York Fringe Festival 2014
Sydney Comedy Festival 2012, 2013
Perth Fringe World 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Woodford Folk Festival 2012, 2013
Masters in Creative Media with Distinction (RMIT)
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing (Melb Uni)
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Melb Uni)
Bachelor of Arts – English (Melb Uni)
Electricity meter reader. journalist, bouncer, novelist, kitchen hand, editor, comedian, founder of ‘The Skinny UK’, waiter, engineer, admin assistant, copywriter, estimator, project manager and labourer.