Just for Laughs: the world’s favourite comedy festival has no room for women
Sydney Opera House announced its ‘Just for Laughs’ line up, but they didn’t bother announcing any women. I got mad and wrote a Daily Life opinion piece about it. Published 16 July 2014.
This morning I got an email from the Sydney Opera House informing me that I could buy tickets to “the world’s favourite comedy festival.” I love comedy, I thought. Indeed, I perform comedy. This is the festival for me!
Except it isn’t.
Like so many comedy festivals, events, open mic nights and variety shows, ‘Just for Laughs’ has just announced an exclusively male line up. Now, I’m not saying that Bill Bailey, Trevor Noah, Rhys Darby, Jim Gaffigan and Dave Thornton aren’t funny, I am just completely fed up with the exclusion of women in Australian comedy.