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Jeez Louise: Deadly Funny Women


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Australian comedian Linda Haggar launched Jeez Louise with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival two decades ago, at a time when the pathways for women into professional comedy were more difficult to navigate. The program continues to encourage women to become comedians, and support and celebrate those already in the industry, with panel discussions, keynote speeches, industry dinners and development workshops. All dedicated to listening to, understanding and amplifying the lived experiences of women in the entertainment industry.

This year, Jeez Louise is focusing in on the deadliest women in the biz by looking at the stories, opportunities and challenges faced by First Nations Australians in the world of comedy. Join us to hear firsthand how these women have found solace, space and success by spinning their yarns on the page, the stage and the screen, to audiences around the globe.

Join Steph Tisdell, Karla Hart and Maureen French as they share their stories live at the Wheeler Centre.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Comedy Festival


Karla Hart

Karla studied Aboriginal Theatre at WAAPA and is Alumni and holds a BA in Contemporary Arts majoring in Performing Arts from Edith Cowan University. Karla holds the 2021 Aboriginal Award for West Australian of the Year. Karla is an award-winning filmmaker, actress and radio personality. Karla was Pe... Read more

Steph Tisdell

Deadly Funny Comedy National Winner 2014, Steph was named Funniest Aboriginal Woman in Australia. She then moved to Scotland and was runner-up in Hilarity Bites Best Newcomer and a semi-finalist in the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny competition at the Edinburgh Fringe. Aside from tourin... Read more

Maureen French

Maureen French is a 70 year old Darug elder. Registered nurse still working in anaesthetics. Part-time stand up comedian. A wife, a mother and a nanna.


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