Jeez Louise

A celebration of women in comedy

The great Linda Haggar set up the Jeez Louise Funny Women’s Forum in 2002, with the hopes of encouraging more women to get into comedy and to support those already there. At that time, comedy was an incredibly male dominated industry and she wanted to change that. Jeez Louise is still going strong.

Keep an eye out for Jeez Louise 2019 events to be announced!


In 2018, the Jeez Louise conversation addressed the #metoo movement from the perspective of women working in comedy today. 

In an industry that encourages rawness and vulnerability via humour and personal storytelling, what are the lines that shouldn’t be crossed, on and off stage? Have the last six months induced any change? 

The Festival’s best comedy minds came together a civilised discussion about being uncivil.


Jeez Louise Address: Cal Wilson
Presented in collaboration with Nelly Thomas

Women in comedy. The questions are always asked. Based on anonymous answers from industry and audiences, Cal discussed whether gender makes a difference... from the perspective of those watching, programming and performing comedy.

This address explored honest responses around diversity in the world of comedy. What does the industry actually think? Is it what we think they're thinking?