comedy comedians Aurelia St Clair and Lily Starr

Comedy showcase celebrating International Women’s Day

A hilarious all-female comedy showcase for International Women’s Day is underway, with shows happening in cities around Australia.

Supported by YWCA Australia, the performances by four up-and-coming comedians are a celebration of women’s power and humour.

Sydney-based comedian Lauren Bonner rocked Brisbane’s Regatta Hotel on Monday night with her show Heartbreaker, reflecting with wry self-deprecation on her love life.

Next Monday 9 March, Lily Starr will perform at the Freedom Hub in Waterloo, Sydney.

Starr explores love and life in her show, touching on topics ranging from being a lesbian to living with epilepsy, in a show that blends observational humour and musical comedy.

Also on Monday night, Elizabeth Davie will treat an Adelaide audience to her one-woman show, Super Woman Money Program.

Clown school alumnus Davie explores gendered financial inequality in a performance that took out the 2018 Fringe World Festival Best Comedy Award.

On Tuesday 10 March, bisexual, bilingual, biracial comedian Aurelia St Clair will bring her show Woke to queer landmark The Hare Hole in Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Her dark, deadpan humour covers everything from race and religion to sex and avocados.

St Clair told Pink Advocate she uses her comedy to help broach social issues as well as entertain.

“I called the show Woke so that only woke people would come,” she joked.

“I definitely have some jokes that may be a little bit provocative, or make you think about them later, especially when it comes to racial things.

“Comedy is a good art form for making people think about serious topics.

“When you talk in a serious way it’s harder to accept, but when you make a joke, you can laugh about it and think: that’s true, maybe I should think about it a little bit more.”

Woke is based on St Clair’s experiences, and promises plenty of laughs for everyone.

“My show is about my life and things that have happened to me as a millennial woman struggling in the city – it’s all real,” she said.

“It has a lot of things that people can relate to, even if you’re not a woman, or not black, or woke, you can still laugh.”

St Clair said International Women’s Day is an opportune time to reflect on the intersectional inequities that women may face, such as the gender pay gap, which is exacerbated for women of colour.

“Every day is International Women’s Day when you’re an international woman,” she quipped.

“International Women’s Day is for all women.

“Nobody should have the right to call themselves a feminist if they exclude any of those groups, whether it’s trans women, sex workers, or women of colour.

“We should all be fighting the same fight.”

St Clair said she was excited to be doing the celebratory show.

“When days like International Women’s Day come up, there’s a lot of raising awareness online, but it’s nice to actually do something in person, with the community face to face,” she said.

“This event feels a little bit special.”

All events in the International Women’s Day showcase are wheelchair accessible, with Auslan interpreters for the performances.

Tickets for the upcoming shows are available now (links above).

International Women’s Day is observed each year on 8 March, celebrating women and highlighting the fight for gender equality. This year’s theme, I am Generation Equality, marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action toward empowerment of women and girls worldwide.

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