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Melbourne International Comedy Festival is turning 30, and – as you do – we're taking stock with a look to the past and the future. A festival stalwart, Jeez Louise will check in with what has (and hasn’t) changed for women in comedy. What needs to change? Are 'funny women' still considered novel? Who's opening the door for whom?
Comedy is as subjective as ever – but has the landscape matured?
Rachel Berger, Kate McLennan and Jess Perkins offer their thoughts in discussion with host Clare Bartholomew.
Presented by the Wheeler Centre and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Clare Bartholomew has been performing, writing and producing new work in Australia and overseas for 17 years. She teaches clown master classes, has been a clown doctor working in children’s wards for 15 years. She assists in training and development of clown doctors nationally, and in 2014 completed a three week intensive with 20 other international clown doctors in Barcelona.
Rachel Berger is one of Australia’s favourite stand-up comedians, working variously as a comedian, broadcaster, novelist, columnist, agitator and television entertainer. She’s taken four solo shows to the Edinburgh Festival and her dynamic presence and engagingly sharp observations have made her an extremely popular performer both live and on television, across Australia and internationally. Rachel's high public profile has done much to establish the position of women in comedy, providing a distinctive voice for women's opinions and viewpoints.
Kate McLennan is a Melbourne-based comedian, actress and writer.
Before comedy, Jess Perkins was a high school Drama Captain destined for a career in call centres. But then she discovered Tripod, frequently sent them fan-mail, and they responded.
The Wheeler Centre is delighted to partner with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. No jokes.