Jesse Mulligan

Jesse Mulligan
Broadcaster, Comedian, Debater, Host, MC, Panelist, Presenter, Television Personality, TV Presenter
Adventure, Art, Celebrity, Culture and the Arts, Entertaining, Film, Food and Wine, Inspirational, Law, Leadership, Politics, Travel

Jesse Mulligan has become a household name thanks to his appearances on 7 Days, Seven Sharp and Best Bits. However his career started off in quite a different direction.

He grew up in Hamilton and trained as a lawyer, before a surprise win in a first-timers’ stand up comedy competition led his career in a different path. He spent several years working as a comedian and breakfast radio DJ in Wellington before heading to London, where he worked in food and drink at a busy Covent Garden PR agency. He also took up writing, and when he returned to New Zealand turned his love of food into a job reviewing restaurants for Metro magazine and on his Auckland Food Blog. he’s currently the eating out editor for Viva magazine in the NZ Herald.

His stand up comedy background led him to a job as head writer and then regular panelist for hit TV3 show 7 Days. He was TV3’s go-to man for comedy writing for a couple of years, before TVNZ hired him as host of the new 7pm show Seven Sharp. Jesse left that show in April 2014, to become host of hit Thursday night comedy Best Bits. He’s also an occasional New Zealand correspondent for Australia’s “The Project”.

He currently hosts Radio NZ National from 1 to 4pm, weekdays and off-screen he works as an event MC and as a writer, helping brands “find the funny” in their TV ads, websites and communications with customers. He continues to write columns for NZ Herald Viva and New Idea, and lives in Grey Lynn with his wife Victoria and their two daughters Hazel and Daisy.

We were lucky to have Jesse hosting our awards dinner last Friday, which coincided with the official launch of Spark New Zealand. Jesse delivered on so many levels; style, humour, professionalism and unprofessionalism when it was called for! What impressed us most was Jesse’s ability to adapt and synchronise with the other speakers on stage quickly and effortlessly. It was clear he had taken the time to research and understand the brief, the audience, our business and the future we are trying to create for our customers. Our team loved working with Jesse and we hope he’ll work with us again in the future.
Where do we start to describe Jesse – He is the ultimate professional and if you are looking for an MC that combines comedy with intellect then you need not look any further than Jesse. We used Jesse at our off shore conference for around 200 guests to be our MC for the 6 days. His prep work that he did before he came with us is nothing short of outstanding and his memory for details is second to none and even better is that most people probably think of Jesse as a Comedian first, but this is only a small part of his all-round repertoire. He fitted in with everyone on the conference and is very personable and approachable, but combines all this by taking his role as the MC very seriously. The best thing for us, is that when we engaged Jesse to be our MC, we had no idea the value we would get out of him as he gave so much more to the conference than just being the MC and the feedback from all attendees was extremely positive. Once again thanks for Jesse for a job well done and we look forward to working with you in the future.
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