Equality in comedy no laughing matter

08 February 2023

The Victorian Government is backing female and non-binary performers to take to the stage, with the Stand Up! program supporting six talented comedians to present shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

This year’s recipients, who each receive $5,000 and professional development support from the Festival, are:

  • Daisy Webb, whose 2023 festival set Joy explores coming out as a trans woman in the midst of a global pandemic.
  • Grace Jarvis, whose show This Is The Last Goldfish That I Am Going to Eat For You is an anthology of all the things done to try and make friends.
  • Sketch comedian Hannah Camilleri presenting her solo show Lolly Bag
  • 2019 RAW Comedy national finalist Rose Bishop with her show Feral
  • Sashi Perera who is making her solo Comedy Festival debut with Endings, and
  • Scout Boxall, the 2022 festival Moosehead Award winner, presenting a new show, Turbo Lover.

The recipients join a list of comedic talent including Aurelia St. Clair, Alex Ward and Urvi Majumdar, whose previous Stand Up! grants were a springboard to global comedy stages, as well as podcasting, writing and acting gigs.

The 2023 Melbourne International Comedy Festival will run from Wednesday 29 March to Sunday 23 April at venues throughout Melbourne.

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