The “Covergirl Comedian” Nikki Osborne is so much more than a pretty face. Also regarded as one of the quickest brains in the industry, her comedy chops have earned her regular cast roles in sketch comedy series Kinne and Mick Molloy’s The Nation, Peter Helliar’s How to Stay Married, and as narrator on the AACTA-Nominated (Best Comedy Entertainment Program) Drunk History.
A trained actor, sketch comedy veteran, writer and stand-up comedian, Nikki has in the two decades since landing a role in the Sam Neill-helmed Jessica, collected TV and movie credits including starring turns as Delvene Delaney in the Paul Hogan miniseries Hoges (The Paul Hogan Story), and as Natalie Wood’s best friend Jackie Estes in The Mystery of Natalie Wood.
As host of the interactive game show Quizmania, Nikki gained over three hundred hours of live national television experience and a cult following who are still with her today. She hosted the lifestyle show Find Me a Dream Home on Channel Nine and was a weekly commentator on Seven’s National News. When a character she created, “Bush Barbie” proved to be a viral hit worldwide, Nikki created, wrote, directed and starred in her TV own pilot based on the character – with the hilarious Bush Barbie vs The World airing in Network Ten’s Pilot Week.
As well as a sought-after sketch artist, Nikki is a frequent guest on comedy panel and entertainment shows including Hughesy We Have a Problem and Show Me The Movie, and has appeared as celebrity guest for I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Celebrity Name Game and Celebrity Mastermind.
When mother-of-two Osborne’s son was diagnosed with autism, she instinctively turned to humour – taking up writing funny posts to put a positive spin on her reality. They proved so popular that she was hired to write blogs for an autism-related website with the mission statement to cheer up parents amidst the stress and fear that can come with a diagnosis. This in turn led to Nikki creating her 2018 debut solo stand-up comedy show On The Spectrum. The autobiographical show, intended to show the lighter side of parenting a child with autism, made national and international press after sparking a debate about whether some topics should be off-limit in comedy – a debate that has since expanded into a frequent discussion in the media.
Despite the controversy, this impressive debut was a warmly received sell-out, winning over sceptical audiences and launching Osborne firmly into the stand-up comedy spotlight. The industry respect Nikki has earned since that breakout show has led to her performing at the Sydney Opera House for three seasons of Just For Laughs’ Australian stand-up showcase for TV, and to host Just For Laughs’ Uncut showcase of the raunchiest late-night laughs from the biggest names at the world-renowned comedy festival in Montreal for Network Ten.
Having exploded onto the Australian comedy circuit, Nikki has now set her sights globally. With her third boundary-crossing live show Bad Barbie havingcollected accolades for her openness, honesty, and genius ad-libbing and heckler smackdowns, Nikki takes her Bad Barbie to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2023.
Funny and heartfelt, Osborne is Bad Barbie who tells it like it is, knows exactly where her performance strengths lie and has written a show which caters to them. Funny and filled with warmth.★★★★★ The Upside News
One hell of a raunchy show. Nikki Osborne is an entertainer in the fullest sense of the word.★★★★ Lilithia Reviews
A tell-it-like-it-is icon I didn’t grow up with but wish I did. Sassy, smart… a true comedy queen★★★★ The Iconic Blonde Reviews
Funniest stand-up I’ve seen.★★★★★ Greg Burns, Capital FM Drivetime (UK)
Fucking hilarious.Bert Kreischer (USA)