Jeez Louise


Jeez Louise, the brainchild of Linda Haggar, began in 2004 as a part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and 10 years on we’re again proud to present Jeez Louise as a part of the festival – slightly re-frocked and as a part of our professional development initiative the Comedy ConFAB: A conference for people serious about their comedy.

Men may outnumber women in stand-up 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.

In 2014 we’ll be discussing gals in the industry through forums and panels, as well as running workshops (in two streams – ‘freshers’ for those new and wanting to know where to start, and ‘post grads’ for professional development of established artistes) and the traditional Faux Show for new talent to help the next batch of funny ladies step up to the microphone. 

Jeez Louise 2014 Program: 

Jeez Louise 2014 Launch

Thursday February 18, 7pm

Kelvin Club


Jeez Louise Workshops Day 1

Sunday April 6

10-10.45am: Welcome from Festival Director Susan Provan & Keynote address from Rachel Berger

10.45am-11.45am: Forum – ‘If I knew then…’ with Jen Brister, Andreea Kyndryd, Linda Haggar and Bev Killick

11.45am: Warm up with Karin Muezniks

12-1pm: Lunch (provided)

1-3pm: Workshops
For Freshers - Joke Doctoring & Stagecraft (with Jennifer Wong & Janet McLeod)
For Post-Grads - Brand Yourself & Social Media


Jeez Louise Workshops Day 2

Monday April 7

10am - 10.30am: Health & Wellbeing with Cath Styles
10.30am-12pm: Workshops
For Freshers - Faux Show Rehearsal (with Jennifer Wong & Janet McLeod)
For Post-Grads: Arts Accounting 101 with Gianna Rosica & Pitching

12.30pm -1pm: Lunch (provided)

1-3pm: Faux Show ('Freshers' perform – all welcome!) with MC Cal Wilson

VENUE: Northcote Town Hall
BOOKINGS: To register for the workshops, please email with your name and contact details, and we will be in touch with more details about this fab two day event!


Jeez Louise Panel – This Is What A Comedian Looks Like

Monday April 7, 6.15pm-7.15pm

Venue: The Wheeler Centre

This panel discussion will explore the potential and prejudice, frustrations and friendships that define the professional world of female comics.  Featuring local and international guests including Adrienne Truscott (USA), Celia Pacquola, Sara Pascoe (UK), Hannah Gadsby and moderator Clare Bartholemew.

Bookings essential - click here to book.

For more info on all things Jeez Louise email or call (03) 9245 3700