Finding funny women: a career in comedy shaped by icons

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Joanne Brookfield

Finding her female comedy icons then her way onto the stand-up stage was no joke for comedian Joanne Brookfield.

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This is an edited extract from No Apologies, Women in Comedy Claiming Their Space, Finding Their Voices and Telling Their Stories by Joanne Brookfield, featuring interviews with Geraldine Hickey, Wendy Harmer, Denise Scott, Felicity Ward, Rachel Berger and others about their careers in comedy. Echo Publishing, $29.99 RRP. Available now in print and e book. Photo credit: Shannon Morris.

About the author

Joanne Brookfield is a journalist and comedy writer, who has worked as a freelance print journalist, writing mainly for Fairfax newspapers and contributed to The Guardian UK, Sunday Herald Sun, and Courier Mail. She has covered the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Montreal Just For Laughs. She's also performed stand up with multiple seasons of her shows around Australia and New Zealand.