Sammy J returns to his childhood playground, quite literally

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On Thursday, November 30, Peninsula Grammar will proudly welcome back Class of 2001 student Sammy J as part of its Peninsula Grammar Presents concert series. Sammy (pictured) returns to the school where his comedic survival skills came to the fore, transforming this young high-achieving self-confessed ‘nerd’ into one of Australia’s best known musical comedians and satirists.

Sammy’s Peninsula Grammar days were riddled with comedic experiments – his very own pilot program with many lunch times spent developing and testing material with his peers and often teachers (and at times testing the boundaries).

After finishing school, he chose to pursue a law degree only to abandon it partway through to travel the world and sing funny songs for a living. 

As a solo act, Sammy J has won the Best Newcomer award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has performed in Edinburgh, Montreal, and every major Australian comedy festival. His album Skinny Man, Modern World received an ARIA nomination for Best Comedy Release, and he gained a national following with his satirical take on Australian politics, Sammy J’s Playground Politics.

“We have had a program full of star performers with talented musicians taking part and bringing the very best that music has to offer,” said Dr Richard Vaudrey, Head of Instrumental Music at Peninsula Grammar.  “We are so lucky that Sammy J has offered to finish the 2017 Peninsula Grammar Presents concert series with an exclusive event for his old school. This certainly will be an event not to be missed; full of Sammy J’s musical numbers and comedic offerings. Sammy never fails to leave a room in stitches.”

Sammy will return to his alma mater to deliver an evening of songs, anecdotes and highlights from a life of relationships and events from the days where his skinny legs stuck out of his school shorts below a recycled tie knot hanging from his collar.

Book early to avoid disappointment as this event will sell fast. Sammy J will be performing at the Peninsula Grammar Performing Arts Centre, Thursday, November 30, with tickets $25 (including GST).

Tickets available at or through the Music Department on 9788 7733.


A: 20 Wooralla Drive, Mount Eliza
T: 9788 7777