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Welcome to El Dorado...the Lost Gold City

The VRC (Victoria Racing Club) Young Members Ball 2016 was held at Crown Palladium, but it was transformed into El Dorado, the Lost Gold City. The Young Members Ball guests were greeted by four Aztec warriors into their 'traditional land'. The stoic warriors, astonished and confounded by the lifestyle of 21st Century Australia, interacted with the guests, discovering technology and even dancing!

The impressively costumed Aztec warrior performers were a highlight of the evening, and guests were delighted to interact with these ancient tribal warrior characters. This is an excellent example of how our roving characters can enhance the experience and theme of an event.

Watch the video below to see the Aztecs in action

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Check out these HILARIOUS Santa Fails!

We at Applause Entertainment take pride in our Santas. We are 100% serious about providing great Santas for the perfect Christmas. We have a list of very specific rules when it comes to providing our customers and clients with the best, jolliest Santa possible, and our standards are very high. That's why when we see epic Santa fails, we find them 100% HILARIOUS.

Still, we know the laughter is at the expense of someone's ruined Christmas, so we're here today to show you some hilarious Santa fails, and tell you how you can do better. Remember, these fails happened because people relied on unprofessional suppliers. Learn how to spot FAILS:

Avoid these FAILS for your Santa:


Santa's entrance is one of the biggest events during Christmas. When planning your Santa's entrance, make sure it's well organized, executed, and rehearsed. Taking the extra time to rehearse Santa's entrance means you'll avoid FAILS like in this video (for the good stuff, skip to 1:20):

His costume wasn't even correct: he wasn't wearing Santa belt and boots and had no roly-poly belly! You can see his bare skin around the ankles and wrists. If the organizers had just taken the time to rehearse their Santa's entrance, they would have figured out how to avoid this EPIC fail. This FAIL completely shattered the magic of Santa Claus for every boy and girl present, and ruined Christmas for countless families!


Santa needs to be jolly all the time. That means NO FROWNING. A frowning Santa makes children think he's about to eat them, then go after mummy and daddy. Look at how terrifying this FAIL Santa is:

serious santa making child cry

That's not the expression of a man you'd want inside your house in the middle of the night. Santa Claus needs to be friendly and approachable, and always energetic. After all, Christmas is his favourite time of the year, why would he be grumpy?


Speaking of friendly and approachable, it goes without saying that Santa Claus needs to also look like Santa Claus. And, believe it or not, Santa Claus tends to look like a human being. This Santa missed the memo:

freaky makeup santa

Why in the world would you let such a nightmare near your children? Make sure you trust your supplier to have high standards on how their Santas look.


Santa has a very classic outfit: He is always seen in his Red-and-White suit, a big floppy Santa hat, black shiny belt and boots, and clean white gloves. He also has a lovely rosy complexion from how jolly he is. He's also supposed to look alive. Again, this is not a FAIL you want at your Christmas:

scary zombie santa

If it wasn't for the crying boy in his lap, you wouldn't have even known that was supposed to be Santa Claus. The quality of Santa's outfit is very important to his appearance, so make sure your Santa supplier dresses their Santas in beautiful, quality, clean and nice-smelling costumes. 

These are just some of the important rules our Santas NEVER break when they go out to bring joy to children and adults alike. We want to see the Christmas cheer spread as far as possible, and that means providing the most professional and perfect Santas you can expect.

These are the Santa WINS you're looking for:

We're not blowing smoke up our chimneys, we want to show you what a proper Santa should look like. These are Santa Claus that are jolly and friendly, and look great in their wonderful costumes!

We helped put together one of the coolest Santa entrances ever! This wasn't possible without very extensive rehearsal and planning, and professionals working together:

The spectacle was the entrance itself, and the crowd was amazed.


Santa's outfit cannot be compromised - his gorgeous Red-and-White suit, his shiny black boots and clean white gloves, and flowing long beard, are all there, not matter what he does.

jennifer hawkins and santa

Even under all that beard, you can always tell our Santa is smiling. His friendly smile and charming ho-ho-ho conveys the spirit of Christmas, and you just know with such a friendly Santa Claus, your children will keep believing in the magic of Christmas. Santa loves all children, big or small. A good Santa is approachable and charming, and the kids will feel at ease near him. There's nothing more heartwarming than a lovely Christmas photo of your children with Santa.

cute santa photo

If your Santa isn't any of this - He's Not Good Enough!

We’re so proud and happy to be trusted by so many families and companies, big and small, all across Australia. We always make sure our Santas are police-checked and children-friendly, insured, and wearing beautiful costumes, beards and wigs.

Trust in professional Santa providers

You've seen what a really great Santa is supposed to look and feel like, now book him for your Christmas! Don't end up as another FAIL on our (and Santa's) list!

Hollywood Heartwarmers - Fundraising QuizzaMe Trivia Night!

Applause Entertainment, QuizzaMe Australia, and Classic Cinema are proud to present: Hollywood Heartwarmers. A very special event to raise money for FareShare - rescuing food, fighting hunger.

Join us for a warm night inside the beautiful Classic Cinema in Elsternwick. It's a Trivia Night like no other! QuizzaMe Trivia includes an electronic buzzer for fast-paced, live scoring! With fun games and great prizes to be won, join crazy hosts Dick Deveroux and his European associate Hans Vondel and help raise funds for a wonderful charity.

As you enjoy an incredible and fun-packed evening, remember to think of those who do not have ready access to warmth or shelter. FareShare rescues food that would otherwise be wasted, and cook and distribute meals to those most in need.

The event will be cinema seating. The best configuration is to compete in pairs or trios. Don't worry, if there are 5 of you, two can break off and compete against the other three! It's friendly competition for charity!

This Trivia Night will be like none you've ever attended before. The questions come in rapid fire, and there will be crazy character hosts to keep you entertained. The reason we are holding it at the Classic Cinema, is so that you can enjoy all the multimedia questions - videos and audio clips - on a HUGE screen and with surround sound!

You can buy your tickets separately if you must. But because tickets are very limited, avoid having one person miss out and just book it all in one go!

Call us to book tickets - Booking is essential, as seats are VERY limited! 1300 261 545

Event Entertainment at Red Scooter

Function spaces to suit many different parties and event types

Red Scooter is a unique events venue that is suitable for many different types of events, functions, and entertainment.

A trusted affiliate of Applause Entertainment, Red Scooter has provided wonderful spaces for many of our respective clients' events. Their beautiful and elegant function rooms, stunning red carpet entrances have been host to various Applause Entertainment services, including:

Red Scooter is a premier venue and ideal for corporate and private events where you want everything to work on time and without a hitch!

This award winning venue and event space allows for creative event themes, and uncompromising quality in your event entertainment.

Red Scooter offers a special New York style catering, and four flexible function spaces, depending on your entertainment needs.

  • The Hamilton Room – seating for 300 guests or up to 400 for a cocktail event. The grandest and largest of the rooms combined.
  • The Madisson Room – seating for 160 guests or standing room for up to 250. This space has it all. Wall to floor mirrors, Parisian lounge and pinball inspired bar and a huge dance floor.
  • The Dakota Room– seating for up to 100 guests or space for 175 guests for a stand up dinner. It’s the ideal space for your intimate events and you’ll love the cozy feel our elegant Parisian inspired lounge and bar.
  • The Ethan Room – Ideal event space for Product launches, Conferencing and Corporate events in Melbourne, exclusive and intimate.

For more information on Red Scooter's unique events venues and function rooms, speak to their friendly sales team, or browse through our gallery to get your party inspiration started.

If you have an event coming up at Red Scooter, and need Party Entertainment Ideas, an Entertaining Host or MC, Themed Entertainment Ideas, or some out-of-the-box thinking, call, call us on 1300 261 545, or send us an enquiry to get started today!

Hire Mariachi Band - Three Amigos Mexican/Latin Live Music

Viva Fiesta! Mariachi Band and the Three Amigos!

Have you ever wanted to live those famous movie scenes where a trio of Mariachi music band appears at your table? Do you want to be serenaded to by the undulating tones of the Three Amigos? Or are you holding a Mexican or Latin themed event? Hiring a live Mariachi Band is the best way to set the tone and bring lots of enjoyment and entertainment for you and your guests.

Check out our Mexican themed party page for even more ideas and entertainment options you can hire for your party and event.

Mariachi, or known in Mexico as Marietti bands, has had a long history. Along with indigenous instruments, the Spanish also introduced violins, guitars, brass instruments and so on to the local Aztec music. As time went on, and multicultural music influences entered the mix, the type of music we know as Mariachi Bands came to be in Mexico.

Mariachi music and Mariachi bands are commonly seen to provide serenades, but they also perform in plazas and restaurants. Our Mariachi band hire and musicians are great for promotional purposes, or as entertainers for a large corporate event. If you want a more intimate setting, let us know, and they can come serenade you and your loved one for a very special evening, or for that priceless knee-bend moment!

We have many themed music hire and bands available, and ready for your event. Speak with us about what your event is, to ensure the best experience! 

If you have an event coming up, and need party ideas, a host, entertainment, or some out-of-the-box thinking, we are the ones to call. Providing party ideas and event entertainment Australia wide, call us on 1300 261 545, or send us an enquiry to get started!

Why You Should Prank Your Own Party

Looking to pull one over on your guests?

We all love to pull pranks on our friends and family, but people are always saying “There’s a time and place for everything”. Well, here at Applause Entertainment, we are here to tell you – that time has never better than you very next event!  Are you ready for this? Read on to find out more…

The short answer is simple – it’s your event, you can do what you want with it! If you don't like following traditions, want to break the mould, stir people up, then playing a prank at your party can be one of the best way to achieve this. Ultimately, your guests are there to celebrate with you, and as long as it's in good taste, they'll appreciate the prank as much as you do…after they realise they have been duped and are wiping away their tears of laughter of course!

If you don't need telling twice, then head on over to our enquiry page and start talking to us now about your prank idea – or tell us what your next event is and we are happy to construct somethings specifically for you! Of course, if you need some more convincing – read on!

Things go right when things go wrong (but not too wrong!)

I know it's a weird concept, but think about it. What makes a memorable event? What's that one night out you tell stories of over and over again?  It was the party where you experienced something that you weren't expecting! Maybe you remember it because it was an absolute disaster...not what you were expecting to happen – but why has this night always stayed with you?  You survived to tell the tale and that is why now it has become a funny story to retell. We all love to be entertained – that’s a no brainer – but we’re oddly picky about what entertains us. What one person thinks is funny – another person finds offensive.  A sure way to get lots of attention is for things to go in unexpected directions. Playing pranks at your party is an easy way to do that, but our strong recommendation (although clearly we are a strong advocate of this concept) is that you have to be extremely careful that it doesn't become the unforgettable memory - for all the wrong reasons!

Here is an example of how to do this properly- taking the expected, and turning it on its head. What better event than a wedding! People expect the bride and groom to do a beautiful waltz, so imagine their surprise when instead lightsabres come out!?

There are also pranks that can go horribly wrong. This happens when people run with one bad idea too far, don’t think about the consequences, or if the prank’s magnitude and the victim’s good-nature don’t match up. (Warning: some of the stuff-ups in the video are not for the squeamish.)

Why did you smile at the first video, but groan at the second? In the first video, the pranksters played a prank at their own event, and the prank was designed to have a small moment of confusion, followed by something that everyone can enjoy. The second one played on others’ insecurities and anger, and continued to poke the bear even after the victims became upset.

If you love a good joke, but also know the difference between funny and fail, then we are the people you should speak to. At Applause Entertainment, we love everything theatrical and unexpected. We eat big, wild gestures for breakfast. We live for the look of surprise on our clients’ faces, but we hate bad, mean pranks that are limited and excluding with no pay off.

Pull a prank the Applause Entertainment way

One of our most popular services is our paparazzi performers. They are often dressed in outlandishly obvious costumes, so anyone would know that this was put on. Therefore, the ‘victims’ are never made to feel like their privacy was actually being threatened. Plus, our professional performers are trained to recognize when someone’s had enough, and move on. This mix of over-acting and professionalism mean that no guests have ever felt uncomfortable with a bunch of flashing cameras in their faces! In fact, it’s often the highlight to start the evening!

paparazzi in costume with a bespectacled host character

Over the top costumes, gag props, and larger than life personalities - your guests will never feel put out!

Watch as one of our clients asked us to prank their best mate!

A slightly sneakier prank are our hoax waiters. The hoax waiters are never amateur attention seekers rushing in to ruin someone’s evening. They’re professional performers trained to read the mood of the room. Their little pranks, like clearing the drinks early, or pretending to hit on the guests, are designed to draw double takes. The little pranks slowly escalate until either the victims realize something is up, or the professional performer pretending to be a terrible waiter has noticed the mood is going south, and does a big reveal.

performer pretending to be waiter hugging an unsuspecting guest while a lady laughs

Let's see who falls for it! A hoax waiter performer hugs an unsuspecting guest!


Dr Karl (from Neighbours) loved our hoax waiter!


Some clients prefer a more comical character!

These are just some examples of our prank entertainment. They can be altered to suit your event and (more importantly) guest list. We've been providing event entertainment for over a decade, and have seen any and all kinds of crowds and reactions. We know our way around the drunk uncles and stoic bosses (who are usually only three beers' difference from being one and the same).

Do you want more than what you've read above? Here are some other creative party prank ideas:

  • Hoax Key Note Speaker - and "expert" in the field...but of what?
  • Fake relative at wedding - the dodgy Uncle no one wants to claim
  • The new recruit from interstate at the corporate function - complete with life stories that are too strange to be true...right?
  • The surprise hitchhiker that gets picked up on the bus on the way to the event - you know what they say about picking up hitchhikers!
  • The unusual chauffer - driving your guests insane with confusion!

Consult a Professional

There are so many more ways that you can play a prank at your event, from big elaborate setups to smaller one-liners. But the most important thing is to consult with someone (i.e. event professionals) about the idea. You’ve seen what happens when someone gets one hare-brained idea, and runs with it until it blows up in their faces. Better yet, avoid coming up with bad ideas altogether, and talk to us to brainstorm ideas. Seriously, it’s what separates a legendary prank from a train wreck that’ll ostracize you from everyone.

Unless, of course, you want it to go viral for all the wrong reasons...

Gypsy Music Band Performers

If you are after music that will get your heart racing, and your soul running free on an open field in Romania, the Gypsy music band is what you need at your next event.

With musicians and performers who have dedicated their lives to music inspired by the music of Eastern Europe, the level of skill and their energy is infectious. Before you realize it, you and your guests will be on their feet and dancing to the quick violin and lilting accordion.

Great for all sorts of events that need more energy and culture, considering hiring the Gypsy Music Band for your corporate event to grab everyone’s attention. Is your business holding a special event, or promotional day? The Gypsy Music Band will be sure to draw in the crowds.

How about the Gypsy Music band for your birthday or private parties? There’s nothing like your personal music concert, and the Gypsy band’s high energy performance will be one of the best concerts you’ve ever attended.

If you have an event coming up, and need party ideas, a host, entertainment, or some out-of-the-box thinking, we are the ones to call. Providing party ideas and event entertainment Australia wide, call us on 1300 261 545, or send us an enquiry to get started!

Corporate Drummers Performers Hire - Events Music

Drumming is one of the oldest and most primal forms of music. The raw energy that comes from four drummers in unison is enough to get anyone's blood pumping.

Our corporate drummers are great for Corporate events that need an injection of energy and colour. They can be great for private events as well - just speak to us!

Watch the video to see this amazing performance in action. The drummers are high energy, and can also be themed to other styles. With colourful paint and some beautiful glowing lights, your guests will be mesmerized.

Corporate drummers are a great way to add some colour and sound to your corporate event, whether it be a half-time show between speeches, or as the main act of the night for social events. Make sure you ask us about other roving shows and acts to accompany the spectacular drummers - fire twirlers, glow shows...and more!

For a traditional Japanese themed drumming, check out our Taiko Drummers as well.

If you have an event coming up, and need party ideas, a host, entertainment, or some out-of-the-box thinking, we are the ones to call. Providing party ideas and event entertainment Australia wide, call us on 1300 261 545, or send us an enquiry to get started!



Japan Taiko Drummers for Japanese Themed Events Entertainment

Experience the traditional Japanese taiko drums with our taiko drumming performer hire. The energy from the drums, along with the traditional Japanese costumes, will help you and your guests feel like they are in the land of the rising sun.

Japanese taiko drums are a perfect event idea for corporate events – the spectacular drum show is a great interlude to awards night speeches.

Check out our Geisha girls performers as well. Geisha girls are a beautiful and classy addition to a Japanese themed event. The Geisha girls can roam and greet your guests with their demure beauty, and are great for photo opportunities!

Our performers and actors are professional performers all skilled in event entertainment and performance. They are guaranteed to keep your guests entertained and talking for months about their wonderful experience.

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If you have an event coming up, and need party ideas, a host, entertainment, or some out-of-the-box thinking, we are the ones to call. Providing party ideas and event entertainment Australia wide, call us on 1300 261 545, or send us an enquiry to get started!

Laurel and Hardy Impersonator Performer Comedy Duo Hire

Laurel and Hardy’s famous slapstick Comedy Duo act was a classic during both silent films and the early talkies, because the comedy came from the visual spectacle of their antics.

Our Laurel and Hardy impersonator performers are tribute performers to these comedy greats. Our performers capture the spirit of their physicality and comedic timing, and bring it to event entertainment. Just like good slapstick humour, event entertainment also relies on the spectacle of visual performance as the conveyer of meaning and message. Our Laurel and Hardy tribute performers take advantage of the unique features of event entertainment to bring you and your guests your very own Classic Cinema slapstick show.

Even if your guests don’t know Laurel and Hardy, the universal language of slapstick humour will translate across languages and ages. Laurel and Hardy impersonator performers hire is suitable for a variety of events, and many different types of guests! As long as you have a belly full of laughs, we will help you let them out!

Also check out our range of Hollywood themed performers and acts - nothing says high class and smooth operator like getting all the biggest names and faces from Hollywood at your event. 

Our character hire performers are professional actors and performers who not only look the part, but their characteristics and mannerisms are perfect to the role. Check out our other impersonators and characters, or call or contact us for more information about what sort of characters we can bring to your event. Our characters suit all sorts of events, from private to corporate, funny to serious, young and old!

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If you have an event coming up, and need party ideas, a host, entertainment, or some out-of-the-box thinking, we are the ones to call. Providing party ideas and event entertainment Australia wide, call us on 1300 261 545, or send us an enquiry to get started!

Special Mother's Day Ideas for Special Mothers

When you were little, Mother’s Day meant coming home from school with a bookmark made out of felt and glitter, presented with sticky hands and a sloppy kiss. As you grew up, the presents became more sophisticated, but no matter what you gave her, Mum always loved it.

Give Mum something that really knocks her socks off, and show her how much you love her back. Some special Mother’s Day ideas:

A dinner serenade:

 a guitarist and an accordionist

Are you taking Mum out for a family dinner? Surprise her with a serenade from a string quartet, or how about a lively accordionist? Music is universal, live music is an experience...and a surprise live music performance is like the dancing cherry on top.

A red carpet welcome:

red carpet hire

Your home can still be like Hollywood. If your mum is coming over, greet her with a lush red carpet from the driveway to the door! It’s the small classy touches that can make an evening something really special. Pose for a few photos too, and you and her can both strut your stuff on the catwalk.

A special styling parlour:

ladies being styled by professional stylists

Help her look and feel her best with a special styling parlour. If you want, you can get yourself scrubbed up too. When getting ready is this fun, who even needs to go out? This is not like your average travelling stylist - the Styling Parlours and stylists can be in all kinds of classy themes, so you can be styled...in style! 

An unexpected guest:

 james bond and bond girl impersonator actors

Who could it be at the door? Imagine the look on Mum’s face when James Bond, Austin Powers, or Elvis come a-knockin’! Spend the evening with her favourite star, as they regale her with tales of their adventures, mishaps, and near-misses. 

A magical trick:

a magician making a spark

A good magician never reveals their secret, but we’ll tell you ours to a good evening – a skilled magician who never reveals their secret! And, much like these magicians, you’ll show Mum you still have a few tricks up your sleeves. 

A personalized poem:

borat reciting poem

Roses are red, violets are blue, ask us instead, we'll write it for you! You provide some funny information about the lady of honour, and one of our character performers will recite a hilarious poem filled with all the stories you've told us! Not only is it a funny surprise, but it really shows her how much you love and understand your unique bond.

BONUS – A life saved:

lady hugging happy dog

This isn’t a service that we provide, but it’s a great way to spend a Sunday – head to your nearest animal shelter, and help save a life. Mother’s Day is about mothers everywhere – including the four-legged kind. Adopt, don’t shop!

Tweet this: Here are some special Mother's Day ideas that are more meaningful than a voucher or a tea set.

Mother’s Day is about celebrating and thank the person or people in our lives who protected, guided, and nurtured us. They showed us unconditional love, now it’s our turn. No matter how you spend it, make sure it is a day filled with love. Enquire with us now, or call us on 1300 261 545!

Soul Brutha 1970s Disco Themed Character Host Performer Hire

Soul Brutha is the quintessential disco superstar of the 1970s.

His rad fro and his badass mo will captivate you and pull you onto the dancefloor! Psychedelically funky n' the 'fro is his halo. The name for this disco dancin', floor burnin' fiend is Soul Brutha and that should not be disturbin'.

Soul Brutha character host performer hire is the perfect guy for your disco themed events, or as a roving character to greet all the guests, on and off the dancefloor! His cool cat personality is infectious and instantly likeable, and whether or not you have been infected with the disco fever, Soul Brutha will infect you with SOUL!

Check out our Studio 54 themed event, which puts together all your favourite nostalgic disco era in a full fledged event!

Our performers and actors are professional performers all skilled in event entertainment and performance. They are guaranteed to keep your guests entertained and talking for months about their wonderful experience.

If you have an event coming up, and need party ideas, a host, entertainment, or some out-of-the-box thinking, we are the ones to call. Providing party ideas and event entertainment Australia wide, call us on 1300 261 545, or send us an enquiry to get started!