Simon Palomares is a Spanish-Australian comedian and actor, best known for his character ‘Ricky’ in Acropolis Now.
Comedy: A regular at the world’s leading comedy festivals, Palomares was one of the creators and stars of the Wogs Out of Work comedy stage show, which later evolved into the Acropolis Now TV series. He has performed comedy shows in the United States, Canada, Spain and Argentina, where he performs stand-up in Spanish. More recently, Palomares has toured Australia in a combination cooking program and stand-up comedy show called Palomares Cooks Calamares.
Education: Palomares studied drama and psychology at Deakin University and studied acting at the renowned Juan Carlos Corazza School in Madrid. Recently he completed a post-graduate degree in arts and entertainment management at Deakin University.
Writer: Palomares has worked as a writer in Madrid, Spain, for Lo Mas Plus, a nightly review program on Canal+, and directed a flamenco version of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. He performed throughout most of 2007 with fellow comedians George Kapiniaris, Joe Avati and Nish Selvadurai in a national tour of their show Il Dago.
Performer: He has performed for the program Nuevos Comicos on Paramount Comedy (Spain), documentary KO HO NAS (Cojones) on SBS and in 2009 he wrote and directed a short film, The Usual, which was acclaimed at the St Kilda Film Festival.
TV: In 2006, he created, co-hosted and commentated on The Foosy Show, a program where contestants play table football (foosball), with George Kapiniaris on Channel 31 in Melbourne. In addition to his acting credits,below, he appeared as himself in an episode of the ABC series Smallest Room in the House, a series in which stand-up comedians tell stories from their upbringings.
Director: Palomares has directed episodes of Neighbours and was second unit director on Totally Full Frontal. He has also provided voices for video games Rome: Total War and Rome: Total War – Barbarian Invasion.