Paul ‘Pauly’ Fenech began his career in entertainment when he left school and became a stagehand at ABC TV. Over seven years, he performed a variety of roles at ABC from sound assistant to floor manager, before realising his ambition of becoming a director.
In 1995 Paul came third at Tropfest Film Festival with his short film Pizza Man, followed up by his 1996 entry Space Pizza which won the open section of Tropfest, and came first at the St Kilda Comedy Film Festival. He went on to later win first prize at Tropfest with Intolerance.
Following on from the success of his short films, Paul made his first feature film, Somewhere in the Darkness which was the first Australian film ever selected for prestigious US film festival Sundance’s indie offshoot – Slamdance. Paul then set his sights on TV & created SBS’ cult hit Pizza, which went on to receive five Logie nominations across five series. The show was such a hit that they took it to the road, performing Pizza stage shows in every capital city in Australia, with appearances at events as varied as the Big Day Out to the Lord Mayor’s Picnic.
Paul also wrote, directed, produced and starred in Logie-nominated Swift and Shift Couriers before going on to create SBS’ infamous Logie-winning show Housos which was such a success that it resulted in two movies, Housos vs Authority and Fat Pizza vs Housos, as well as sold-out live stage shows across Australia. In total, since 1998 Paul has made over 50 hours of TV comedy, five feature films and performed countless live performances from pub shows to casinos. Paul has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Jimeoin, Paul Hogan and Shane Jacobson in the 2018 film That’s Not My Dog! and, most recently, has graced Australian screens as host of 7Mate’s TV series Deadly Down Under.