It’s hard to choose who to see at one of the largest comedy festivals in the world but fear not, Mamamia has been given a sneak peak into the top female performers to see at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Judith Lucy and Denise Scott
This critically acclaimed pair are hitting the stage with their show Disappointments which is guaranteed to make us feel better about our lives.
"Judith and Scotty will help you embrace your mediocrity along with your shattered dreams and what’s more you’ll walk out feeling proud," say organisers.
The pair first teamed up together in 1999 but now the two close friends are together again because of "mutual unemployment".
You can expect a lot from Tasmanian-born Please Like Me writer and actor Hannah Gadsby.
"This show was inspired by a woman who goes by the name Nanette," said Gadsby.
"Although we did not exchange a single word or even a glance, Nanette has changed my life. She hasn’t at all, but she did prompt me to think about some things and those things I thought have become this show. Cool stuff.”
South African/New Zealand comedian Carlson is a regular on Australian TV screens. Her new show, Unacceptable, has been hailed as a must-see.
"My show is about all things unacceptable," she told Daily Review.
"Why do people stop at the top of escalators and have no idea where they’re going? What were they thinking going up? What are we to do that does not involve violence or confrontation? How can we navigate through a dinner with friends or colleagues without offending anyone that’s gluten/sugar/meat/wheat/dairy intolerant?"
The show will discuss why is it unacceptable to call "bullshit" on the things we don’t like.
Wax's one woman show at the festival show is based on her bestselling book, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled.
Frazzled marks the UK- based comedian's return to Australia in a set that promises to teach you about doing nothing.
"As a child I had a gift in canoeing. I was forced to drop it because there was no future in it," Wax says on her website.
She's on stage for only four shows.
Smith brings us Post-Joke Era - the comedy you need when the world is a joke.
The Canadian-American comedian has performed all over the world and is said to be a force of "non-stop funny".
She has been named as one of Montreal's top 10 comedians. It will be great to hear her take on Trump.
Last year the NZ-based comedian and TV presenter was nominated for best newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Matafeo's show, Sassy Best Friend, is inspired by her long time obsession with romantic comedies.
For one night only Upfront will feature an all-female line up including and local comedians Cal Wilson, Susie Youssef, Mel Buttle, Josie Long and more.
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