Reuben Kaye

Reuben Kaye is an internationally renowned award-winning comedian, cabaret host, singer, and writer.

He has held residencies in Berlin and Stockholm and, his most recent, in London’s Southbank Centre. His current show, Apocalipstik won the Perth Now Critics Choice Award at Fringe World shortly after its debut. Reuben is set to return to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2024 with the UK debut of Live & Intimidating, after performing critically acclaimed shows across Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In 2023, his comedy cabaret show, The Butch Is Back, was nominated for NextUp’s Biggest Award in Comedy and he was placed second on the British Comedy Guide’s list of highest reviewed shows of the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe. He received 19 5* reviews. In 2022, Butch is Back won three Green Room Awards: for Best Cabaret Artist, Best Production and Best Musical Direction. In 2021, both Perth Fringe World and the Adelaide Fringe awarded Reuben their Best Cabaret award, and Melbourne Comedy Festival nominated him for the Most Outstanding Show award. Alongside his solo shows, Reuben is the host of the renowned, sellout show The Kaye Hole, which won Best Cabaret Variety and Line Up Show, FringeWorld 2021. 

Reuben made his TV debut in Australia, performing twice on ABC Australia’s Melbourne Comedy Fest, as a guest on SBS Australia’s Celebrity Letters & Numbers, and on ABC Australia’s Spicks and Specks. Reuben has also appeared on UK television shows including BBC’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Pointless Celebrities, Dave’s Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable, Channel 4’s Kids React to Drag (which received 20 million views in one day) and given a lauded keynote at TEDxCurrumbin titled When Your Child Comes Out.

As well as TV, Reuben has guested on podcasts, such as Trusty Hogs, Sloss and Humphries On The Road, Transplaining with Jordan Gray and Hoovering with Jessica Fostekew. He also hosts his own podcast, Come to Daddy, with guests including Maisie Adam, Larry Dean, Rosie Jones and Daniel Sloss.


  • 2022 Green Room Award – Best Cabaret Artist
  • 2022 Green Room Award – Best Production
  • 2022 Green Room Award – Best Musical Direction
  • 2021 Melbourne Comedy Festival – Most Outstanding Show Nominee
  • 2021 Fringeworld Perth – Best Cabaret and Variety Show
  • 2021 Adelaide Fringe – Best Cabaret
  • 2019 Green Room Award – Best Production
  • 2017 Adelaide Fringe – Best Cabaret Performance


  • Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable (Guest, Dave, 2024)
  • Pointless Celebrities (Guest, BBC1, 2023)
  • The Apprentice: You’re Fired (Guest, BBC2, 2019 & 2023)
  • Melbourne Comedy Festival Allstars Supershow (Performer, ABC, ABC iView & Channel 10 Australia, 2023)
  • Spicks & Specks (Guest, ABC & ABC iView Australia, 2022)
  • Celebrity Letters & Numbers (Guest, SBS Australia, 2021)
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Performer, ABC, ABC iView & Channel 10 Australia, 2021)

Radio & Podcasts

  • Come to Daddy Podcast (Host, Acast, 2023-Present)
  • Hoovering with Jessica Fostekew (Guest, Acast, 2023)
  • Transplaining with Jordan Gray (Guest, Off Script, 2023)
  • Confessions (Guest, 2022-2023)
  • Sloss and Humphries On The Road (Guest, 2023)
  • My Seven Wonders with Clive Anderson (Guest, Stak, 2023)
  • Trusty Hogs (Guest, Comedy Kerfuffle, 2023)
  • Thank F*ck For That with Sarah Keyworth & Micky Overman (Guest, 2023)
  • Pop Queers (Guest, 2022-2023)
  • Emsolation (Guest, 2022)


  • When Your Child Comes Out TEDx (Speaker, TEDx, 2022)
  • Kids React to Drag (Host, Channel 4, 2019)


  • The Kaye Hole (2019 -)
  • Apocalipstik (2024 -)
  • Live & Intimidating (2022 – 2024)
  • The Butch is Back (2021 – 2023)
  • Reuben Kaye (2019)
  • Success Story (2017)

A new comedy star rose in the extraordinary Reuben Kaye…You can’t take your eyes off him: he’s beautiful, hilarious, knowing, wicked
The Times

‘The Kaye Hole’ is a must-see at this year’s Fringe. Reuben Kaye proves once again that he is one of the biggest and best acts in Edinburgh this August, adding some of the biggest and boldest acts of the Fringe into the mix makes it simply sublime.
Theatre Scotland ★★★★★

The evil love child of Liza Minnelli and Jim Carrey
British Theatre Guide

Reuben Kaye is a cabaret God!
Broadway Baby

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