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Jeez Louise: Transplaining


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Trans, non-binary, and gender-diverse comedians and performers are standing up and stepping out. As the world evolves its understanding of gender identity, preferred pronouns and social norms, gender-transcendent stars are reaching wider and more diverse audiences and garnering critical acclaim. 

To further interrogate, understand and celebrate their careers, Jeez Louise: Transplaining brings together an incredible panel of writers and performers – including Chloe Black, Scout Boxall and Oliver Reeson – to discuss their lived experiences and share their stories, from the page to the stage.

The Jeez Louise series was born in 2002 to encourage more women to get into comedy, and support those already there. Over the past 18 years, women and LGBTQIA+ comedians have been welcomed onto stages and into writers’ rooms in increasing numbers – not in deference to political correctness, as some still cynically proclaim, but because their wit and skill makes great comedy.

We’ll discuss comedy’s potential to hold space for all comedians – and as a vehicle for speaking truth.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, venue capacity is unfortunately limited. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ups or a waitlist as may have been the case in the past. Read more about our live events plan here. Check our website, follow us on social media or sign up to our e-newsletter The Wheeler Weekly for updates and any late ticket releases.


Oliver Reeson

Oliver Reeson is an essayist and screenwriter. They are currently one of the recipients of the Next Chapter Fellowship, and mentored by Maria Tumarkin. Their work has appeared in publications such as Overland, Meanjin, Autostraddle, Literary Hub, and The Saturday Paper. In 2018 they co-created and w... Read more

Scout Boxall

Scout Boxall is one of the most exciting new talents in Australian comedy. Their work swings between pithy observational stand up and manic, chaotic powerpoint comedy with a sharp political awareness. Winner of Best Emerging Artist (Melbourne Fringe 2019), nominee for Best Newcomer (MICF 2021), and ... Read more

Chloe Black

Chloe began her stand-up career in Adelaide (at the famed Rhino Room) over 20 years ago. She was a Raw Comedy National Finalist in 2001 although she may have performed back then under another name. She has performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe and the Edinburgh Fr... Read more

Mama Alto

Mama Alto is a jazz singer, cabaret artiste and gender transcendent diva. She is a transgender and queer person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness and power in vulnerability. In addition to her excellence as a performing artist, she is a writer of in... Read more


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