Attn: The ARIAs.
Last night, while accepting the ARIA for Best Comedy Release, Triple J’s Matt Okine took the opportunity to point out the lack of recognition for women in comedy.
You can watch the whole speech here:
Okine said. “I don’t think there was any women like nominated at all in the comedy category just then. I don’t think there’s any women who are like featured artists on tonight’s show even.”
Very astute of him. In fact, Matt, no women have been nominated in this particular category for the past 10 years.
So, as an antidote to that nonsense, here is a list of the Aussie women making us laugh right now. Check ’em out.
1. Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney from The Katering Show
The comedy duo who caught our eye by reviewing the Thermomix and hilariously quitting sugar are getting their own show on the ABC next year.
Here’s the margarita-swilling team making announcing their new project:
2. Celia Pacquola
Celia Pacquola was superb when she opened for John Oliver recently, and you might have caught her in The Beautiful Lie or the excellent Utopia on ABC over the past few months. She’s back on the network next year too, in new production Rosehaven.
3. Claudia O’Doherty
Claudia O’Doherty had a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck earlier this year, probably because Schumer wanted to hang out with her on-set. Schumer managed to lure her to New York with a job working as a writer on Inside Amy Schumer, but O’Doherty’s been creating her own comic characters for years.
One-woman shows led to TV appearances (she’s even been on QI with Stephen Fry), which led her to the US, where things appear to be going swimmingly.
A couple of years ago, she did a series of shorts for Channel 4’s Comedy Blaps in the UK. Watch her answer the age old question, what is England?
Oh yeah, and she’s written an extremely factual book about pandas, and her dad is Mambo artist/musician Reg Mombassa.
4. Hannah Gadsby
Hannah Gadsby has been hilariously deadpan on Please Like Me of late and she seems pretty unconcerned about the state of women in comedy in this country.