Melbourne millennial gives serious issues a comedic twist

Comedy Showcase celebrates the power, the sass and the hilariousness of women-led comedy this International Women's Day.
By: YWCA Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia - Feb. 20, 2020 - PRLog -- Comedian Aurelia St Clair hopes to prompt serious thought amongst plenty of giggles when she performs her special International Women's Day (IWD) show at The Hare Hole in Fitzroy on March 10.

The 24-year-old comic will use her deadpan-style of humour to shine a light on gender equality in her one-night show, Woke.

St Clair is one of four female comedians selected to perform in the national YWCA Australia International Women's Day Comedy Tour.  Four different comedians will perform one-night shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide in the days before and after IWD on March 8.

St Clair was recently awarded funding from Stand Up! Grants, an arts program created in honour of St Clair's friend and fellow Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon.

Dixon's tragic murder while on her way home from a stand-up gig in 2018 prompted the Victorian Government to create Stand Up! Grants to support the new generation of emerging female comedians.

St Clair said comedy was an effective way to raise community awareness and discussion around violence against women.

"Eurydice was a friend and colleague, so it was an honour to receive a grant that allows me to focus on my craft," St Clair said.

"But it saddens me that it took her death to prompt action and it's a reminder of how far we still have to go to prevent violence against women and to achieve equal pay for equal work.

"I hope that my IWD show helps to start those conversations across all sections of our community."

YWCA Australia spokesperson Amanda Chan said celebrating IWD with a national comedy tour was a fun way to engage people and stimulate debate about improving gender equality.

"YWCA is always looking for innovative ways to challenge existing power structures and barriers to women in Australia. Comedy is a non-threatening avenue for people to recognise policies that work against gender equality," Ms. Chan said.

St Clair, who lives in Melbourne but was born in Germany, said Woke was inspired by her own experiences with life, work and dating.

"As a woman of colour, a foreigner in this city and a female in the arts, it's fair to say I've experienced a cross section of the issues women face in 2020," she said.

"Comedy is a great way to talk about these issues in a funny and relatable way and leave people thinking about them long after the show is over."

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