comedian, actor, impressionist and pianist
Gerry Connolly is an accomplished Australian comedian, actor, impressionist and pianist best known for his satirical caricatures of public figures such as Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Margaret Thatcher, Monica Lewinsky, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and Dame Joan Sutherland, amongst many others.

Over the years, Gerry has turned his talent for mimicry into hit one-man stage shows including Men and Women of Australia, I CONnolly, Gerrymader Joh and the Last Crusade, Different Things, and Pianomaniac.  He is widely acclaimed across Australia and has had great success at the Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Comedy Festivals, as well as at the Edinburgh Festival in The UK. His shows also earned him The Wallace Comedian Of The Year Award in 1986.

The popularity of his theatre shows landed Gerry his own 6 part show on the ABC, “The Gerry Connolly Show” in 1988. From there he became a semi-regular cast member and writer on the popular sketch comedy show Fast Forward during the early 90’s, where he once again got to show case his versatility and comedic wit. In 1993, Connolly featured in a dramatic role portraying former Queensland premier Joh Bjelke-Peterson in the ABC TV telemovie Joh's Jury. Some of Gerry’s other TV appearances include Tonight Live with Steve Vizard, The Footy Show, In Siberia Tonight, The Spicks and Specks 100th Episode, Good News Week, a guest role as ‘Merrill Streep’ on Kath & Kim and the ongoing role of Headmaster Griffin in ABC1's Dead Gorgeous. Most recently Gerry filmed the role of Reginald Valpy in the ABC telemovie Mystery Of A Hansom Cab.

Gerry has also made a few film appearances including cameos in The Wog Boy, The Magic Pudding and Over The Hill as well as the role of "Lou Rickets" in the Australian family film The Real Macaw.

On Stage, Connolly has forged a successful career, often working with The Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company and Belvoir St Theatre. Highlights include the national tour of Pirates of Penzance from 2001-2003, The Sydney and Melbourne Seasons of Urinetown, Tomfoolery and The Melbourne Theatre Company's 1999 production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which earned him a nomination for a Green Room Award for Best Supporting Actor. Gerry also won the 2005 Mo Award for Best Comedy Performer.

In August 2012, Gerry will travel to Edinburgh to perform as The Queen in La Clique Royale, and then in September 2012 he will MC Richard Tognetti’s Everything at Festival Maribor in Slovenia before returning to Melbourne to start rehearsals for GFO’s A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.

Gerry has a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and has played piano with the Melbourne, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and has featured in concerts televised across Australia and the UK.