Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2023: Brown Women Comedy

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2023: Brown Women Comedy

This event is part of the 2023 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Brown Women Comedy

Laugh your heart out to an award-winning besharam (shameless) line-up of Indian, Pakistani and South Asian comedians living in Australia. No topic is too taboo. From growing up brown in Australia to getting divorced and disowned thrice, these women won’t be holding back. Your parents won’t approve but Amna, Kripa, Sukhjit and Daizy will make you feel better about failing your parents, being independent and the making of your identity.

Join us for the largest line-up of South Asian women comedians in Australia:

Originally from Pakistan and Canada, Amna Bee is a Melbourne-based comedian. Her solo debut show Don’t Tell My Family premiered at the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival with a sold-out run and rave reviews. She’s known for her wit, dry humour and deadpan style.

‘[Amna has] a wicked sense of humor that’s instantly engaging.’ Time Out

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is all set to make you laugh-cry with her unique flair for storytelling. Filled with intimate and hilariously uncomfortable stories ready to unveil… the real Sukhjit. Her passion for storytelling began as a finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam and semi-finalist on Australia’s Got Talent. Her work as a writer, performer, theatre-maker, filmmaker and producer for the last ten years has been recognised by many fancy and reputable organisations whose names take up too much word count but all you need to hear is that Kelly Osbourne said “I bow down to you and your braveness”.

Daizy Maan’s TikTok videos have garnered more than 25 millions views for being hilarious and calling out sexism in Punjabi music and, well… Punjabi men. Outside of her secret Tik Tok channel, Daizy had a real day job running startup programs aka helping clever kids build startups, get rich and go to the moon.

As the producer of Brown Women Comedy, she’s passionate about amplifying the voices of South Asian women. And now she’s tired of helping white men get richer so she’s encouraging brown women to be poorer by becoming comedians and joining them on that journey to below minimum wage. Clearly hilarious in Punjabi, Daizy’s giving English a crack this year as she optimistically enters unemployment.

Comedian, dancer and podcast host Kripa Krithivasan is famous, but no one knows it yet. Kripa has loved the stage ever since her vacay in the womb, having grown up dancing and translating her love of performing into spoken word poetry in 2016.

She began her stint in stand-up comedy in 2020, emerging into the Sydney comedy scene slowly but surely – before starting a podcast that works to platform stories of diverse voices at @unculturedpod.

When she’s not being funny or dancing, Kripa is trying very hard to finish off her law degree before the grey hairs start setting in.

We’ll also have another surprise guest comedian to be announced on the 2nd April!

Get ready to laugh your heart out to an exceptional line-up of diasporic Indian, Pakistani and South Asian women comedians Melbourne at as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Brown Women Comedy is possible thanks to our partners and supporters – City of Melbourne and Queen Victoria Women’s Centre.