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Radio host, TV presenter and accomplished MC.

A true professional, by the end of the night you'll want to take him home to meet your Mum.


Former host of The Project and weekday afternoons presenter on RNZ National, Jesse Mulligan was also a standup comedian and regular panellist on 7 Days.


Originally from Hamilton, Jesse has ‘done it all’ in the media, and it’s his diverse CV which enables him to perform professionally and entertainingly at any live event. He’s been a standup comic, TV producer, writer, PR man, food reviewer, radio announcer and, of course, a sought after MC. He’s even a trained lawyer!

Current work

But there’s a lot more to Jesse than what you see on TV. He works as a writer for television, radio and magazines, and he’s the restaurant critic for NZ Herald’s Viva magazine.

A veteran of almost 20,000 live broadcast interviews, he’s distilled some of his most memorable conversations into a funny and thought-provoking presentation “Ten Things I’ve Learnt from the World’s Most Interesting People”. He’ll also spend time before an event preparing his presentation and humour to be specific to your industry or audience.

With hundreds of awards nights, conferences and gala dinners under his belt, family man Jesse knows what your event needs and delivers beyond expectations every time. His unique background in standup comedy and corporate communications allow him to inject humour and warmth to the evening, without ever losing sight of the overall objectives of the event.

Jesse is the consummate professional and perfect for your next event! He’s very comfortable with mihi whakatau, te reo pronunciation and other aspects of tikanga Maori.

Feedback from organisers and participants was that Jesse did a brilliant job and delivered an entertaining performance as well as clear communication throughout the event, introducing speakers. Jesse has a great balance between smart and funny and works great for a function that was semi-formal but added a light yet quality approach to the overall feel and format. Auckland Tourism

Jesse, you were without a doubt the right choice for the event. Feedback from both members and clients about you has been particularly outstanding. From my perspective, your proactive and creative suggestions leading up to and during the event were received gratefully. Please be assured that I wouldn't hesitate in recommending you for any jobs in the future and will most certainly keep you top of mind for any of my own events should you be willing to take on another one.

Auckland Convention Bureau

Jesse's flexibility to meet with the client ahead of time was invaluable to the evening, and made a big difference to their overall confidence level with the awards show and event flow on the night. Jesse was perfect “ all the ad-libbing to lengthen it out a bit was right on target. We have had stellar feedback from our client this morning. I look forward to working with Jesse again!

Orange Events

We found Jesse to be extremely easy to work with. He followed our brief completely and was an entertaining and engaging MC and easily held the attention of our guests. We would certainly recommend him for similar engagements.

Beacon Media Awards

Jesse helped promote a relaxed and humorous atmosphere for our dinner while maintaining the brevity that the event required. Jesse was funny while being highly professional and courteous. As an MC he spoke clearly and naturally and socialised well afterwards. We are delighted with his performance and would recommend him

NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants

Jesse was fantastic, really professional and friendly. The attendees thought he was brilliant. He kept the evening to schedule and made for a fun night!

Loyalty New Zealand Ltd

Jesse was a fantastic MC. He brought the whole day together and was willing and eager to offer suggestions to make the day flow seamlessly.

Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand

We were lucky to have Jesse hosting our awards dinner, which coincided with the official launch of Spark New Zealand. Jesse delivered on so many levels; style, humour, professionalism and "unprofessionalism" when it was called for! What impressed us most was Jesse's ability to adapt and synchronise with the other speakers on stage quickly and effortlessly. It was clear he had taken the time to research and understand the brief, the audience, our business and the future we are trying to create for our customers. Our team loved working with Jesse and we hope he'll work with us again in the future.

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