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'Brown Women Comedy' Set To Bring The Laughs At Adelaide Fringe

26 February 2024 | 3:43 pm | Jessie Lynch

The 'Brown Women Comedy' troupe is breaking barriers with a lineup that spans viral internet sensations to former 'Neighbours' actors turned comedians.

Brown Women Comedy

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Get ready for a riot of laughter as the Brown Women Comedy troupe — Australia's largest comedy show featuring a dynamic ensemble of South Asian women comedians — gears up for a nationwide tour in 2024.

After a sensational debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2023, this fearless group is set to grace the stages of the Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and Sydney Comedy Festivals.

The Brown Women Comedy troupe, described as the much-needed shake-up to Australia's comedy scene, is breaking barriers with a lineup that spans viral internet sensations to former Neighbours' actors turned comedians.

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Their shameless approach to comedy covers everything from growing up brown in Australia to navigating divorces and familial disownment, all turned into comedy gold.

"In a predominantly white festival scene, our show resonates deeply with the Indian & South Asian diaspora, craving comedy that mirrors their experiences. Last year, out of 550+ shows, only three were solo performances by South Asian Australian women at the MICF." said Daizy Maan, Brown Women Comedy Producer (and comedian) and founder of Australian South Asian Centre.

Contrary to expectations, the Brown Women Comedy troupe goes beyond clichés about cultural expectations. "If you're solely expecting jokes about the idiosyncrasies of brown parents and the weight of unmet cultural expectations, Brown Women Comedy isn’t for you. It touches on some of those things, yes, but so much more – sex, mental health, queerness, divorce," notes The Age.

Among the talented comedians performing include Adelaide-based Leela Varghese, Lebanese Indian actor and one-half of the award-winning musical comedy duo The Coconuts, Neighbours actor-turned-comedian Yasmin Kassim, Melbourne's Sashi Perera, a viral sensation who was Best Newcomer nominee at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2023, and 18-year-old up-and-comer Kushi Venkatesh.

Also on the line-up is Amna Bee, a Pakistani-Canadian comedian, now based in Melbourne, whose solo show ‘Don’t Tell My Family’, sold out at Edinburgh Fringe, Slam poet Shyaire Ganglani, Kru Harale (as seen on ABC’s Win The Week) and bilingual comedy dynamo Aarti Vincent.

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Show Details & Venues:

  • Adelaide Fringe: Nexus Arts, Gluttony, and Mercury Cinema

  • Dates: March 5th - March 17th