Women standing up

Say hello to Claire Hooper everyone. (Hello Claire.) Shes one very funny woman. And one of Australias top stand-up comedians. Shes performing in Bangalow next week.

Most stand-up comedians are men. Why? Because its bloody tough out there. And women are socially conditioned not to assert themselves in public. Its definitely not that men are funnier, just brought up loud and tough. But stand-up comedy is empowering for women and offers them a chance to have a good laugh at themselves, life and men.

Wicked Women at the Bangalow Bowling Club next Thursday, December 7, is a gig put together by our very own queen of gags, Mandy Nolan, to promote women in comedy.

The evening will feature Claire Hooper, a vibrant young woman who won the West Australian finals of Triple J Raw Comedy in 2004. She was one of the hits of this years Melbourne Comedy Festival, with her solo show OH being nominated for Best Newcomer. Her work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival also saw her named as one of the top five comedy picks for the entire event. She has appeared several times on Rove Live.

Supporting her is Jenny Wynter, a Brisbane based comic on the rise.

I am not exaggerating when I say that she possesses a rare quality a combination of stage presence, wit, intelligence and honesty that I dont come across too often, said Michael Pollock, musical director of Second City in LA (the biggest comedy club), of Jenny.

Tickets are $20/15 and are available at the club or by phoning 6687 1235. Show starts at 8pm.

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