Penny Tangey started performing stand up comedy when she won the Victorian final of Triple J’s Raw Comedy Competition in 2001.
Penny was a 2006 recipient of a Brian Macarthy Memorial Award (Moosehead) for her show Kathy Smith Goes to Maths Camp. The Moosehead is an in-kind grant awarded to an innovative proposal for a Melbourne Comedy Festival show.
Her debut book, Loving Richard Feynman (published by UQP in August 2009) is a funny and moving novel about fitting in and growing up. Through secret, unrequited correspondence, Catherine, a science-loving 15-year-old develops a relationship with Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize–winning physicist, who is also dead.
Penny lives in Melbourne.