Michèle A’Court – Brief Bio 2017
Winner of “Female Comedian of the Decade” at the 2010 NZ Comedy Guild Awards, Michèle A’Court is a stand-up comedian, freelance writer and best-selling author.
Michèle’s work turns up everywhere – on stage, television, radio; in newspapers and magazines – and she is in demand as a comic, an event MC, and also as a social commentator across all media.
Michèle’s solo comedy show, “Stuff I Forgot To Tell My Daughter”, was a sold-out hit at the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival and the 2014 World Buskers Festival. Michèle took the show on a national tour to 35 towns and cities in 2016, and continues to tour the show in 2017.
That show became a bestselling book published by Harper Collins in 2015, debuting at number one on the Indie Top 20, and sitting cheerfully on the Booksellers Top Ten list for several months.
Michèle has been writing a weekly newspaper column since 2008 which now appears in the print edition of “Your Weekend” and on the www.stuff.co.nz website. She relishes the opportunity to comment on current social issues. She is also a frequent freelance contributor to magazines and to www.thespinoff.co.nz
Since 2015, Michele has been part of a monthly feminist podcast called “On The Rag” (alongside Alex Casey and Leonie Hayden) to talk about what the world is like for women. http://thespinoff.co.nz/tag/on-the-rag/
Michèle is also frequent voice on Radio NZ National’s “The Panel” with Jim Mora; and “9 to Noon” with Kathryn Ryan and Te Radar; and she was a regular guest in the early years of TV3’s award-winning comedy show “7 Days”.
In October 2015 she was presented with the Reilly Comedy Award by the Variety Artists Club of NZ for achieving excellence in the field of comedy.
Her international experience as a stand-up comedian includes work in the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, Papua New Guinea and East Timor; and she has performed at the Edinburgh, Melbourne, Adelaide and NZ Comedy Festivals. She has been working as an after-dinner speaker, event host and conference MC for more than 20 years.
Michèle is the Patron of the Moving & Handling Association of NZ (MHANZ) which cares for carers in the health sector. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, and a Life Member of the NZ Comedy Guild.
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