The Women’s Health Week Comedy Gala returns this year for a third mighty time - Saturday August 31 at the National Theatre.

Hosted by the fabulous Rachel Berger and starring some of Australia’s best female comedians, there will be no topic off limits as these women tell it like it is!

Don’t miss your chance to be at the 3rd annual Women’s Health Week Comedy Gala for the funniest night of your life.

Kitty Flanagan

Our headline act is one of Australia’s best known and most loved comedians. The winner of Best Comedy at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and nominee for two Helpmann Awards, Kitty has played all over the world and now tours Australia relentlessly, determined to bring her award winning stand up shows to every regional arts centre and theatre around the country. She appears regularly on the comedy/quiz show, Have You Been Paying Attention? and is also known for her segments on The Project and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, as well as for playing the role of Rhonda on the award-winning ABC show, Utopia

Anne Edmonds

This talented comic has been nominated for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival most outstanding show an astonishing four years in a row. Anne is an incredibly likeable and sublimely funny stand-up, character and banjo-playing comedian. She is a regular on TV shows like Have You Been Paying Attention?The Project and Hughesy We Have A Problem, and has gained a legion of fans as the woman behind cult anti-hero Helen Bidou, the garishly unhinged fashion and beauty expert on ABC TV’s Get Krackin’

Bev Killick

Bev Killick is from the bold-and-brassy school of stand up, delivering a non-stop energetic set every time. As soon as she blasts her way on stage, you know you’re in for a treat. Thoroughly loveable, a little bit bawdy and 100% real, Bev travels across Australia as a regular on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s annual Roadshow, as well as internationally as a mainstay of the cruise ship circuit. Bev is ambassador for the Laugh Without Leaking' campaign run by the Continence Foundation of Australia. 

Susie Youssef

Theatresports national champion and sketch-comic-turned-standup, this thoroughly charming Sydneysider has written, produced and performed comedy for stage, radio and television for several years. A core cast member on Squinters (also starring Tim Minchin and Rose Matafeo) and Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Susie is currently co-host on Network TEN’s The Sunday Project and a regular on panel shows such as Have You Been Paying Attention?. You may also have spotted Susie playing Egg Woman on Get Krackin’ or dressed in dubious clothing running the Op Shop on Rosehaven. Susie is a  regular performer at the Sydney Comedy Store and at Redfern’s Giant Dwarf Theatre.

Geraldine Hickey

Delightfully laconic and refreshingly candid, Geraldine is revered in the comedy industry as a real comedian’s comedian. With television credits including The Oxfam Comedy Gala, Comedy Next Gen, and Tonightly, Gezza’s unselfconscious charm and a superb skill for finding the funny in true stories has made her a much-loved member of Triple R’s Breakfasters team and a popular regular on the club and pub circuit around the country. Geraldine’s love of comedy is only matched by her devotion to footy and her fondness of sharks and crocodiles (she really likes sharks and crocodiles).

Geraldine Quinn

As Australia’s number one rock cabaret goddess and Bowie enthusiast, Quinny is known for her brilliant blend of sass, satire and pathos. A singer, songwriter, comedian, MC, actor, director, and writer, Geraldine has been nominated for thirty awards (winning eight of them), has self-produced six albums, hosted Australia's first cabaret podcast, created more than fifteen shows over thirty worldwide festivals, and been writer/performer of ten original cabarets...so far. She is currently the ringmaster for Circus Oz’s hit 80’s themed show Neon, and is also touring her smash hit show Sunglasses At Night: The 80s Apocalypse Sing Along Cabaret (which is as much fun as it sounds). A knock-out performer who will have you scouring the internet for her albums.

Cassie Workman

Know for her heartfelt storytelling, incisive wit, and brutal deconstruction of the status quo, Cassie is probably the most experienced comedy newcomer in Australia, owing to the fact that she previously performed under another name.  Having previously won Raw Comedy in 2009 and the Best Newcomer Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2011, Cassie returned to the stage last year after beginning her transition, and at this year’s MICF her show Giantess – a brilliantly funny and poetically poignant story of coming to terms with gender identity – was nominated for Most Outstanding Show. A wonderfully inventive and hilarious writer, it is no surprise to learn that Cassie is part of the creative team on Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell

Rachel Berger

And bringing it all together, our host this year is a firm believer in laughter as a powerful tool to communicate a powerful message. Rachel’s dynamic presence, irresistibly sharp observations and high public profile have done much to establish the position of women in comedy, providing a distinctive voice for women's opinions and viewpoints. With over three decades treading the comedy stage, she is skilled at dealing with complex issues in a thoughtful, compassionate and hilarious fashion. No cow is too sacred for this Berger!

When: Saturday 31 August - 7.30pm

Where: The National Theatre Melbourne

Producer: Janet McLeod

Tickets are $85 for A-reserve and $75 for B-reserve. 

All ticket holders receive a free Women's Health Week gift bag on the night.

This event has now sold out!

Special thanks to our partner in mental health, Liptember, who also believe in the power of a good laugh.