For all those times you've been told to act like a lady (or wished someone had told you) we have cooked up a show for you! Hailing from the city of senators and sex workers, Canberra's female comedy elite have dug deep and created an hour special that will give you laughter, sadness and (if we time it just right) a little bit of arousal for this year's Festival!
Get ready to ACT like a Lady with Ellie Windred, Maddy Weeks, Vanessa Conlin, Codie Bell, Claire Hagan, Olivia Sparrow and Laura Campbell.
Cheeky and thoughtful, Vanessa Conlin has performed alongside some of Australia's comedy favourites, including Tom Gleeson, Nick Cody, Matt Okine and Celia Pacquola. Described as the darling of Canberra Comedy, Vanessa Conlin is one to keep an eye on.
Off the back of sold out shows at the 2016 Canberra Comedy Festival, Ellie Windred is coming to Melbourne! Armed with some very short skirts, she is ready to confuse her entire male audience by talking about her epic boils and chugging entire boats of gravy on stage.
Claire Hagan is a regular on the Melbourne comedy circuit with ties to Canberra that she does not wish to elaborate on. She’s performed alongside the likes of Luke McGregor, Lehmo and Anne Edmonds. Having been described as “my best friend” on multiple occasions and “very mean” on many more, her dry humour will charm you and make you wonder who did, indeed, let the dogs out.
Fresh out of high school and onto the Canberran stand-up scene, Maddy Weeks has already shared the stage with many of Australia's top comedians. Absurd, adolescent and angsty – you're sure to be in for a wild ride.
Quitting her job as full-time philanthropist to the stars, Laura Campbell has burst onto the comedy scene to take her rightful place as queen of niche disability jokes. Fresh out of the proverbial funny womb, Laura takes you through the hilarious and turbulent life of a small town girl with a chronic illness in the big city trying to make it through her 20's without shitting the bed (in every type of way).
Olivia Sparrow: she's just submitted her thesis, she's still living in a sharehouse with no heating, and she's never used bleach – it's the girl your mother warned you about. Paralegal by day, a rising comedy star by night, she'll still take the time to remind you to defrost the freezer and buy some damn toilet paper.
Codie Bell is a thesis student in Chinese literature and linguistics, a comedian and a social media tragic who has been offending sensitive men in comedy rooms across Canberra since the beginning of the year. Active in both the Canberra comedy and feminist scenes, she has already performed as a headline act at several local venues, and believes that comedy can shine a light on the dark and scary parts of human existence.