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Jeez Louise began in Melbourne in 2002 out of a necessity in the comedy industry to hear more stories and laughs from the perspective of women. But we keep learning the same things and having the same discussions. It’s 2018, and we’re done with talking about whether women are as funny as men: we know the answer. For those who don’t vote, it’s yes.
This year’s Jeez Louise conversation will address the #MeToo movement, and what it means for women working in comedy today. In an industry that encourages rawness and vulnerability via humour and personal storytelling, where is the ‘too far’ line in terms of personal revelations? What’s funny and what’s not, when it comes to the sensitive subjects raised by #MeToo – and is there space for respectful disagreement on where we draw the line?
Join a panel of Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s best comedy talent for a civilised discussion about … being uncivil.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Nelly Thomas has been described as one of Australia’s most natural comedians. An award-winning performer, she was listed as one of Australia’s 'most innovative thinkers' in the Age's The Zone and was featured on the ABC’s Big Ideas: The Smartest Stuff on TV, Radio and Online.
Mel Buttle is a comedian and writer. She has a weekly column in the Courier Mail and has written for ABC’s Ronny Chieng International Student, the Drum, ABC3’s You’re Skitting Me, Please Like Me and Network Ten’s This Week Live. Mel has also appeared on Network Ten’s The Project and as a weekly guest on This Week Live, ABC TV’s Tractor Monkeys, Back Seat Drivers and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering.
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.
Susan Provan is the Director of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival which, along with the comedy program of the Edinburgh Fringe and the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, makes up a trio of the largest comedy events in the world.
Claire is the Principal Advisor for Phase 3 of the Independent Review into sexual harassment, sex discrimination and predatory behaviour in Victoria Police conducted by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. She was Senior Legal Adviser at the Commission for the Phase 2 Review.
The Wheeler Centre is delighted to partner with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. No jokes.