TV viewers know her as team captain on Good News Week, and as co-host of The Great Australian Bake Off (alongside fellow comedian Mel Buttle). Live comedy audiences know Claire for her hilariously inventive and wholly engaging live shows. What a thrill to have her as our host for this year's Comedy Gala.
‘Mistress of the deadpan straight-face, irony-laden punch line’ — Australian Stage.
Denise first started working as a professional actor and comedian around thirty years ago, but in the last decade she has gone supernova – winning awards, appearing on high-rating TV shows, writing two popular memoirs, and selling out theatres both as a solo artist and alongside Judith Lucy in their hit stage shows The Spiral and Disappointments.
Armed with some of the funniest bones in comedy, Denise remains a favourite guest on TV shows including Spicks And Specks, The Project, Studio 10, and Have You Been Paying Attention?
Celia is a chameleon – a stand up comedian, writer and actor who springs effortlessly between stage and screen and has become one of our best-loved and most in-demand performers in any genre. Probably best known for her role as Emma on ABC’s Rosehaven (which she writes and co-stars alongside Luke McGregor), Celia has well and truly cemented herself as one of the top tier actor/comedians in Australia. A regular on Have You Been Paying Attention, in 2019 she picked up a particularly glittery award to add to her trophy shelf after she won the final of Dancing With The Stars.
‘One of our most gifted stand-ups at the top of her game’ — The Age
Comedian, actor, writer, podcaster - Kirsty is an unrivalled storyteller whose upbeat energy and loveable stage persona have made her a popular fixture on the Australian comedy circuit. During lockdown she became a maestro at the art of Zoom comedy shows. With a knack for turning the mundane into the hilarious, we highly recommend following Kirsty on social media (she also has an adorable cat named Fergie – named after the Duchess of York, not the singer).
‘Incredibly funny, incredibly smart, and most of all, incredibly, incredibly good at what she does. The good gear.’ — pedestrian.tv.
Mixing spot-on observations with exceptionally catchy, clever, and funny song writing, this Texas-born musician-comedian has been compared to Tim Minchin more times than is countable. Jude has won 3 consecutive Green Room Awards for Best Original Songs, and her 5th solo show ‘I Have A Face' won the Best Cabaret award at Melbourne Fringe 2018. Plans to head to the 2020 Edinburgh Fringe Festival may have been curtailed, but keep your eyes peeled for what happens this year. Then you get bragging rights to say “I saw her before she got mega-famous”.
★★★★★ ‘Talented, hilarious, genuine’ — The AU Review
You couldn’t have missed Michelle on your small screens as a regular cast member of Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (seasons 10 & 11), she has also featured as a vocalist on Channel 9’s The Today Show and appeared in ABC’s critically acclaimed series Utopia, Whovians and Get Krackin’.
“Michelle Brasier is as funny as she is vocally talented.” — Stagewhispers.com
One of the fastest rising stars of the Melbourne comedy scene. You may have spotted Annie on the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Comedy Allstars Gala, or seen her on Channel 10’s The Project, or heard her on ABC Radio. With a big stage presence, sharp observations, and honest, relatable material, it’s easy to see why Annie is a crowd favourite wherever she goes.
★★★★ 'Louey has all the pieces for a great career in comedy' — Funny Tonne