Festival Program


For the Love of Comedy

Sat 7 Sep, 2.30pm
RMIT Kaleide Theatre

Comedy can seem like a brutal and lonely career from the outside, yet those who devote their lives to it find moments of joy and connection. Join Nayuka Gorrie, Drew Hayden Taylor and Kirsty Webeck as they reflect on why they love the genre. With Stephanie van Schilt.

Drew Hayden Taylor supported by the Government of Canada

Update to previously advertised information: this event now takes place in RMIT Kaleide Theatre.


1 hour

Available on Pass



Session Artists

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta writer. They wrote and performed in season three of Black Comedy. They are a recipient of the 2018 Wheeler Centre Next Chapter program. They are writing a book of essays.

Drew Hayden Taylor is an award winning playwright, novelist, journalist and filmmaker. Born on the Curve Lake First Nation (Anishnawbe), he has done everything from performing stand up comedy at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC to acting as Artistic Director for Canada's premiere Indigenous theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts.

Stephanie Van Schilt is a podcaster and freelance writer. Stephanie currently hosts Sisteria, a podcast about women and non-binary creatives’ experiences creating and consuming arts and culture, and she's a former editor of The Lifted Brow. Stephanie's writing has been published in ELLE, Island, The Australian, The Guardian and The Saturday Paper.

Kirsty Webeck is one of the most in demand comedians and speakers in the country. She's won hearts across Australia with her clever humour and her capacity to have everyone leave her shows feeling great.

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