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Jeez Louise


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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

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 complet... Read more

Rachel Berger

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 observation... Read more

Kate McLennan

Kate McLennan is an award-winning writer, stand-up comedian and actress. She is the co-writer of The Katering Show, where she plays an intolerable foodie alongside her food intolerant mate, Kate McCartney. The show launched on YouTube in 2015 and hit over 2 million views in its first week online. I... Read more

Jess Perkins

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.


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