All male line up?

Win! What a joke!

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: In 2014 when Just for Laughs made headlines for their all male pre-sale line-up, Fair Agenda members called on festival organisers to address their gender problem, and worked together to make sure this issue dominated the festival's social media in the first weeks of promotions. When the festival announced their full line up months later, there were 8 women in the show; and one woman included in every single group event at the Festival. Thanks to everyone who was involved in the campaign!


What’s wrong with this picture? Despite the myriad of talented female comedians available, Just for Laughs Sydney have just announced the pre-sale lineup for their upcoming festival - and there’s not a woman in sight.

Amazing funny lady Maeve Marsden has just called it out, and pointed to the exceptional pool of talented, award-winning female comedians that could have appeared in this kind of line-up. She’s calling for better. And we are too.

Just for Laughs are still finalising their full line-up - which means they still have time to address the problem. Can you help show them how many Australians want to see more women featured in their upcoming Sydney festival?


Dear Just For Laughs,

Australia has a large pool of talented, award-winning female comedians. We’d like to see them better represented and featured in your Sydney festival.


Latest activity

susan , 2483  /  signed 2014-07-21 12:32:39 +1000
Rosalie , 2017  /  signed 2014-07-21 12:31:43 +1000
Robert , 2008  /  signed 2014-07-21 12:29:50 +1000
"Just for Laughs would be laughing all the way to the bank if they included women in the line-up and their promotions. Right now, even if the lack of female performers isn’t explicitly noticed by a punter of any gender, the limitation to men only will lead to a significant number unconsciously feeling excluded or disinterested."
Penny , 2906  /  signed 2014-07-21 12:28:45 +1000
Samantha , 2036  /  signed 2014-07-21 12:27:45 +1000
"Why is it never mentioned when an event will be all male, but an all-female cast is always carefully labelled as such? That’s the real joke. Sort yourselves out."
John , 2780  /  signed 2014-07-21 12:27:44 +1000
"As VP of Women for Election Australia I cannot elt this go by without commenting. I urge the organisers to not be making the same err as our federal government. When you exclude half the population you irrevocably damage the power of the communication. Humor is NOT exclusively male…Dorothy Parker, Mae West, Lily Tomlin an so many others demosntrate it has not been a male domain for a long time."
Dr Ron and Liz , 2297  /  signed 2014-07-21 12:27:13 +1000
Gabrielle , 2135  /  signed 2014-07-21 12:26:32 +1000
Ross , 2454  /  signed 2014-07-21 12:25:35 +1000
"Not having female comedians appearing at your festival is like having Tony Abbott as our Prime Minister – just plan not acceptable."
Virginia , 2131  /  signed 2014-07-21 12:23:36 +1000
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