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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.

Click here for a list of fabulous women to catch at the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


In 2018, the Jeez Louise conversation addresses 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? 

Join some of the Festival’s best comedy minds for a civilised discussion about being uncivil.

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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 discusses 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?

Date: Sunday 9 April
Time: 4pm (55mins) 
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall