Michael Pope holds a unique place in the Australian entertainment industry. A former TV presenter himself, Michael has been the first choice for audience warm-up since 1990 and has worked on more studio audience-based programs than anyone else. Transforming a disparate group of 200 into one cohesive audience is what Michael does better than anyone else through his energy, quick wit and great sense of fun. In the past 12 months Michael has worked on The Voice, Dancing with The Stars, Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, Mad as Hell, The Footy Show, Hamish & Andy, Millionaire Hotseat, The Logies, The AACTA Awards, The Australia Day Ceremony and many one-off recordings.
It is this same sense of entertainment that he brings to his corporate work. As well as MC-ing the night, Michael can also perform any number of 'acts' ranging from 5 minutes to 45 minutes. His forte is in improvisation and inclusion, and guests feel very connected to the event during any one of his “you had to be there" moments! With over 25 years of experience in the corporate sphere, Michael can be relied upon to bring professionalism, enthusiasm and a sense of fun to all his work.
Distilling his experience over the years, Michael now presents a keynote address on “Points of Presenting Explained: P.O.P.E." This 45 minute presentation is well suited to anyone who needs to address an audience - whether it's around the boardroom table of 20, or to a larger group. This presentation delivers sharp and insightful messages in an entertaining and interactive way.
In addition, with Michael's experience as a theatre director and television producer, he can offer a broader perspective if desired. He is happy to meet at the early stages of event planning and offer his experience and perspectives. His work spans theatre, cabaret, corporate presentations, breakfast radio and television as both host and producer.
“We all had an amazing time at our 2013 La Porchetta Annual Conference in Pinnacle Valley resort. Michael Pope was the MC for the event. Michael was very highly rated in our feedback forms and we all enjoyed his style and surprises throughout the two days. Michael is personable, down to earth and a pleasure to work with. Michael’s delivery techniques were excellent. He got to know his audience very quickly and tailored his delivery to suit us. He was flexible and happy to amend the agenda as required. I would most definitely recommend Michael to other organisations, his card tricks are also amazing.Thank you Michael for your contribution to our great event."
Chief Executive, La Porchetta
"We would like to thank you for you ownership of the Master of Ceremonies role at our recent conference. You certainly took the event to a new level of entertainment and professionalis for out guests- you gave our conference the edge it needed. We were very impressed with your efforts to go above and beyond in order to understand our business and our key stakeholders needs, so you could adapt your presentation style to suit."
FBHS (Aust) Pty Ltd
"There are just so many positive things to say about Michael Pope. He is an absolute pleasure to work with. His professionalism, energy and ability to engage the crowd from the very beginning of the evening is fantastic! He sets the bar so high for other entertainers. We have used Michael for past events and each time he just gets better. Can’t wait to see what he comes up with next time."
Master Builders Association
"We couldn’t have asked for a better conference. We worked hard through a lot of heavy sessions & Michael kept it all flowing & used great techniques to highlight key messages in the most fun & entertaining ways. His unique skills helped make our conference work to its best … a true professional, flexible & easy to work with: "
Michael is such a highly talented and skilful MC who engages audiences in a way that he puts energy and buzz into any audience. He goes above and beyond in his preparation and research of the client, their audience and key messages / themes. Michael is also able to "wing it" and ad lib when necessary due to technical issues or last minute changes to agendas or presenters which is a highly valuable asset to any Producer in the live events space.
Kim Gerard – Senior Producer - Cicreate
"I’ve had the pleasure of working with Michael Pope on a number of occasions and I consider him to be one of the most experienced and professional comperes, hosts, producers et al that I know. His interaction with people is fantastic and his public speaking is interesting, knowledgeable, humorous and reflects many years in the entertainment industry".
Bert Newton: Entertainer
“Michael is a very funny, flexible and spontaneous performer who is a pleasure to work with.... His quick wit and charm makes him relate to the audience instantly... He is fantastic!"
"Thank you Michael for contributing to what was another outstanding conference at Hamilton Island. As emcee your ability to manage the agenda with a perfect blend of humour made for a memorable conference for both the delegates and the plenary and break out presenters. Should you wish to ever promote the plenary session you delivered on Presenting Skills, I would gladly offer myself as a referee. The content of the presentation was outstanding and the talk amongst the room afterwards was that it will surely help our franchisees to run more effective seminars and customer meetings. "
CEO Mortgage Choice
“Michael please accept my thanks, you were a wonderful MC for the evening, you had the audience laughing and having fun in minutes of taking over the lectern. We all appreciate the amount of effort that went into preparing your material, it was topical and effective, most comedians would prepare a show that would be used over and over again, but you prepared for just the one evening, this is why we think you were so special."
Star City Sydney
“You have an amazing ability to capture the attention of children, while amusing their parents at the same time. I have not seen you perform for sometime in public but Saturday reminded me of why your name has remained familiar to me."
Victoria Racing Club
“Management and staff take this opportunity to thank you for a night which will not be forgotten. Your professionalism in managing the night was nothing short of sensational and we could not have chosen a more enthusiastic and crowd pleasing MC."
“Just a note to congratulate you on a job well done. Everyone I talked to about the event commented on the way the MC made the night. Your sense of timing, sense of humour and sense of propriety was an excellent mix."
Peninsula Institute of TAFE
“Your great sense of humour, along with the wonderful anecdotes, were the contributing factors to the success of the Education Launch. We appreciate your involvement with the program, and believe there couldn’t have been a more interesting and talented launcher."
“Thank you so much for a truly funny, witty and entertaining evening. Honestly, the feedback from the staff and management alike has been terrific. The prizes and funny activities put everyone in a great mood. You kept the night flowing and I was floored by your quick wit and constant funny gags."
The Franklin Printing Group
“Just a quick note to let you know that Michael Pope stole the show on Saturday night - every single bit of feedback from guests has been that "Michael was the star!"
“Thanks for your fabulous performance - it really gave our evening the feel we were looking for. We've had great feedback - immediately after, and continuing today. The general feeling was that people admired the fact we could poke fun at our industry, and not be so serious all the time. Your performance ensured our clients will be talking about our event today and in the future. Can't thank you enough."
“Michael Pope worked like a charm, especially the "roving reporter" segment he did on the Vision truck with our Marketing Manager. It is hard to keep the audience's attention when it comes to product presentations, but Michael made it happen. I was very impressed with his professionalism and involvement in the night as if it was his own. He was a great choice."
Mack Trucks Australia
‘As the MC of Brainwave's 10th Anniversary bash Michael Pope single handedly made the night a huge success. This year, with Michael's clever wit and bubbling energy, it was turned into a tremendous hoot as he initiated, organised and played with the audience resulting in total attention to the business at hand, enabling the charity to achieve a most successful result whilst guests were totally entertained. Thank you Michael for a superb job."
The Function Group
“Michael was very good, he made sure the awards ceremony kept moving and didn’t drag on and mixed in a bit of humour with it but was serious when needed too."
“Very Good. Michael did a really good job of bringing an unexciting topic to life! He engaged the audience well, made everything relevant and importantly made us laugh! Proceedings went by smoothly and without any lulls."
Department of Primary Industries
“Excellent! Michael was professional, whity and a delight to add to our night. His pre-function preparation was very impressive and certainly delivered on the night. I do hope that Michael gets many bookings out of the night, I know that many of our clients were very impressed, and are looking forward to receiving information about him!"
“Excellent! Michael is a great MC, he was very easy to work with particularly because he did this event last year and knew the demographic of the group. Michael was professional and kept the formalities running smoothly as well as entertaining the guests during a lengthy Awards presentation!"
“Michael was very professional and handled the evening with ease. His knowledge of our Industry was great and he seemed to get the right information and conversation out of our Suppliers and Guests on the night. We have received many comments from our guests on the night and they have all commented on what a great job Michael did. We were extremely happy with his performance and enthusiasm at our Trade Expo!"
Bowens - The Builders Choice
"A laugh a minute. Audience engagement and interaction was terrific. A real buzz in the room and it was great to see all the guests laughing and enjoying the night."
Star News Group
"Michael embraced the EEAA brief and spent time pre-event to understand our industry – this was reflected in his content and his capacity to pitch his performance to our delegates. There was very positive feedback all round – he kept the conference moving along nicely and provided fun “magic tricks" that kept the audience engaged, upbeat and focussed. He was a delight to deal with and I’d gladly re-hire him for a future event. He is a very skilled talent and I think we only got a glimpse of his versatility and talent."
Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia
"Second year in a row we have engaged the services of Michael. Had some concern that he might repeat material from last year. Couldn’t have been more wrong. He was fresh and professional and struck the right balance of humour and respect for the awards component of the evening"
Herald & Weekly Times
"True professional, easily engaged the audience to participate, funny, diligent and an excellent MC."
"Michael did an excellent job hosting our annual awards dinner. A number of people commented to me that his performance was excellent."
Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association
"Michael was fantastic & really understood the purpose of the morning. He was funny, charming and very entertaining."
Crown Events & Conferences
"Michael threw himself into role completely and kept the night moving at a good pace whilst providing great entertainment for an audience that needed his energy. He’s a class act."
Herald & Weekly Times
"He was extremely professional and absolutely made our games night!"
Victorian Planning & Environmental Law