Luke Escombe is an award-winning singer-songwriter, blues guitarist, comedian and health advocate. He is the creator of "Chronic", a one-man comedy show about living with IBD, and The Vegetable Plot, a nationally touring "roots musical" for kids, families and foodies.
From Bluesman to Keynote Speaker, and back again....
Since the debut of "Chronic" at the 2011 Melbourne Comedy Festival, Luke's unique, outsider perspective on health issues has seen him become a sought after keynote speaker. His ability to take his real life struggles with chronic illness and turn them into laughter and music has earned him standing ovations on four continents.
Luke has spoken three times at Parliament House in Canberra, as well as at the New Zealand National Museum in Wellington, the 2012 and 2014 National Medicines Symposiums, the 2013 Pharmacy Australia Congress and the 2017 HealthEvoices conferences in both Sydney and Chicago, to name but a few. He is a proud ambassador for Crohn's and Colitis Australia and the winner of a competition on radio station Mix 106.5FM to find "Sydney's sexiest man voice". Luke was recently named as a finalist in the "Hilarious Patient Leader" category of the 2017 WEGO Health Awards,
FOLLOW Luke's adventures in the health industry at www.facebook.com/chronicsymphonic
WATCH Luke's video intro from the 2017 HealthEvoices Conference
From comedian to kids entertainer...
Since becoming a Dad in 2013, Luke's main musical project has been The Vegetable Plot, a "roots music" show for kids, families and foodies. Luke is renowned for his ability to communicate serious messages with seriously fun music, and The Vegetable Plot has been his most successful venture to date, performing shows all over Australia in 2016 and providing the soundtrack to NSW Fruit and Veg Month in over 800 schools. With its plethora of puns and dad jokes, and its energetic rootsy tunes performed live by some very tasty musicians, The Vegetable Plot is a band that can be enjoyed by parents, grandparents, foodies and kids alike. "Season One", the band's debut album, has now sold to countries all over the world.
LEARN MORE about The Vegetable Plot at www.thevegetableplot.com.au
WATCH Luke speak about the inspiration behind The Vegetable Plot
“Luke Escombe is a rock-soul singer, raconteur, blistering blues guitarist, comedian and songwriter, and is very good at them all. His commanding voice carries echoes of Dr John, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Cave and Jim Morrison” - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald (Oct 01, 2012)
"Burn the name Luke Escombe in your brain. World-class musician. World-class comedian. World-class show. Brilliant" - Talkfringe, Adelaide
"Brilliantly satirical...exceptional musical skill" - Alicia Norton, Fringe Benefits (Feb 27, 2012)
“Hilarious...creative and talented ****” - Ellie Willis, Three Weeks, Edinburgh Fringe (Aug 26, 2011)
“Sharp and extremely funny" - Cara Sayer-Bourne, AU Review (Sep 16, 2011)
“Stellar musicianship ” – Herald Sun, Melbourne
"Very funny, clever and charming" - Kate Miller-Heidke on Twitter
'Luke was a real highlight of our National Medicines Awards Dinner – his candid down to earth humour is not only hilariously funny but refreshingly honest and humbling. He is a truly talented individual who has risen above personal adversity to share his experiences and make the world a better place through music and laughter. Luke is a great MC for any occasion.' - Janette Randall, Chair, NPS Medicinewise
"Luke brings a unique perspective to life's challenges and triumphs including dealing with chronic illness and parenthood. His velvety vocals and pithy song writing ability are both engaging and moving. Luke is able to tailor his performance to suit a range of audiences and this makes for riveting entertainment whether you are seeking laughter, tears or simple reflection" - Stefanie Spiers, corporate and government affairs manager, Janssen Cilag
"Luke Escombe is no ordinary entertainer. I have seen him at two 2014 conferences –NPS Medicinewise (Brisbane) and Consumers Health Forum (Melbourne). He had the whole audience in stitches both times, with new material for each occasion. I have only met Luke upon congratulating him after a show, but I’m delighted to recommend him, because he has twice managed to be the best entertainment I have ever seen at any conference. Book him!" - Dr Justin Coleman, President, Australasian Medical Writers Association
Luke ran a sensational forum on patient recovery for staff from our Service at RNS Hospital. Staff absolutely LOVED it and feedback included, “Awesome”, “Left beaming”, “Learned a lot about recovery”, “Inspirational and relevant,” “Best presentation ever”. Luke has an amazing ability to change the perceptions of living with a chronic illness as well as inspiring and motivating through music and humour. - Dr Glenys Dore, Psychiatrist, Clinical Director Northern Sydney Drug & Alcohol Service.
Praise for the Vegetable Plot
"beautifully together, experienced and artfully aware of what excites children...The parents will love the show, because the music is top notch and the overarching philosophy right on point" - Lisa Thatcher
"..every element contributed to the wonderful sound. What really kept me engaged was the sheer level of lyrical intellect and complexity, something that promises to keep the parents entertained while the kids are having a blast..Excellent morals delivered in a wonderful way by passionate people" - What's On Sydney
"We LOVED the show today veggies! The band was amazing and the songs were sooooooo groovy. Buzz and I laughed and tapped our toes and had the best afternoon out. Congrats on a fabulous show!! We'll be telling all our friends about your wonderful music Lah-Lah xx" - Lah Lah