Vale John Pinder

Vale John Pinder

Live Performance Australia (LPA) is deeply saddened by the recent passing of one of Australia’s major veterans of the comedy scene, John Pinder.

Pinder opened Australia’s first comedy cabaret venue, The Flying Trapeze Café in Melbourne in the early seventies. He was renowned for his support of comedy through his work at venues including The TFMuch Ballroom, and The Last Laugh Theatre Restaurant and Zoo and was the coordinator of the inaugural Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He also produced works at Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival of the Arts, among other festivals.

Pinder’s love of the circus developed at a young age and he went on to be involved with Circus Oz in its earliest years.

Pinder’s contribution to the Australian and international comedy and circus industry has left a lasting impression and he will be greatly missed by his friends, family, and the arts community at large. LPA wishes to extend its sincere condolences to John’s family, friends and colleagues.

To read John Pinder’s full vale and tributes from his colleagues, visit the ArtsHub website.