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Men may outnumber women in standup comedy but on large and small screens as well as on stage, they definitely don’t out-funny them. Jeez Louise is here to embolden, inspire and grow the population of ladies in showbiz comedy. Join us for a panel discussion that will explore the potential and prejudice, frustrations and friendships that define the professional world of female comics. The aspiration to liberty, equality and sorority is not quite met yet.
Featuring Adrienne Truscott (Wau Wau Sisters), Celia Pacquola, the UK’s Sara Pascoe (Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI, Girl Friday), Hannah Gadsby and chair Clare Bartholomew (The Business).
Presented by Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Wheeler Centre as part of The Comedy ConFAB - A conference for people serious about their comedy.
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.
Adrienne Truscott is one-half of the infamous Wau Wau Sisters and winner of the Panel Prize for the 2013 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards.
Since 2006 comedian Celia Pacquola has been entertaining fans with her spot on observational stand up, winning awards and gaining international recognition.
Sara Pascoe is an English writer, stand-up comedian and actress.
Hannah Gadsby is an award-winning Australian comedian who thinks quickly and moves slowly. She quickly rose to prominence after winning the national final of the Raw Comedy competition for new comedians in 2006. She has toured internationally and appeared on Australian and New Zealand television.
The Wheeler Centre is delighted to partner with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. No jokes.