|Photo by Sarah-Jane Edis from Funny Ladies panel at NYWF.|
This year during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival I’m only going to see shows by women.
I care about this. But if I’m going to advocate for women in comedy (in my writing and in my programming) I need to educate myself as much as I can. That, more than anything else, is why I’m doing this.
- I’m going to pay for as many tickets as I can. I want to financially support comics as much as my bank balance will allow. Having said, I work part time and I freelance so I’m not exactly rolling in the dollars. If you’re a comic or promoter who would like to support this project by inviting me to your show, I would love to come along. Get in touch.
- I’m only going to recommend female comedians. This seems pretty obvious since all my favourite shows will invariably feature women but still, I made it a rule anyway.
- I’d like to acknowledge that this is only one slice of the diversity apple. While my main focus is seeing women, I’m going to try and see as diverse a range of shows as possible.
- In the case of group shows, showcases, panel shows (etc) I’ll only see the show if the gender split is equal or higher. It is looking like this means I won’t see many of these shows.
- Last year I saw 52 shows. I am not going to beat that. This year I’d like to maybe sleep a bit and eat some vegetables because I’m practising being nice to myself.
- Come see some comedy with me. It’ll be fun.