Fearless Comedy Gala

The Fearless Comedy Gala is back for 2019

OLIVIA IRELAND AND BEATRICE SMITH

THE FEARLESS COMEDY GALA IS BACK FOR 2019 WITH A HUGE LINE-UP OF CANBERRA AND AUSTRALIA’S FUNNIEST PEOPLE, ALL IN THE NAME OF CHARITY. 

“I believe we should be speaking about it and being open about it in every arena in society, including the comedy arena.”

Juliet Moody is talking about domestic violence, a topic which is mostly viewed through a lens of statistics and news reports. But according to the Canberra comedian, there are more dynamic discussions to be had.

This September will mark the fourth year of the Fearless Comedy Gala, a variety event with a focus on bringing two somewhat unlikely bedfellows together–comedy and domestic violence.

What started as a brainwave during the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival has turned into one of Canberra’s most powerful annual events.

Created by Juliet as a way to raise awareness of domestic violence and funds for the Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT (DVCS), her motivation stemmed from her personal experience with domestic violence and how her love for comedy became an art of empowerment.

“We were hoping to create an event that actually brings hope and sends a message that you can rebuild your life after family violence just as I did,” says Juliet, explaining that her work helps conversations around domestic violence exist in a way that is empowering for survivors.

In just three years, the effects of Fearless Gala on the Canberra community have been overwhelmingly positive.

“One of the most encouraging parts is that we’ve had people along the way who have been in contact with us, who have said ‘because of your story and because of you creating this event I now feel that I can speak out’,” says Juliet.

Taking the stage at the Canberra Theatre Centre on Thursday 26 September for the 2019 Gala will be comedians Claire Hooper, Dane Simpson, Tessa Waters, Jean Kittson, Rachel Berger, and Sparrow-Folk, which is Juliet’s own comedy duo alongside co-creator Catherine Crowley, who Juliet says has been a big part of helping the Gala come together.

“Cathy was my champion, saying ‘we’re going ahead with this, we can do this’,” says Juliet.

“We’re very fortunate because it’s a very generous supportive [comedy] community–they all donate their time to ensure that all their work is given to the charity.”

(L-R) Juliet Moody, Claire Hooper, Catherine Crowley at the Fearless Comedy Gala 2018.

Guests can expect a barrel of laughs on the night and will go home smiling too, knowing that 100% of ticket sales on the night will go towards DVCS.

“We’ve been really lucky to cement our relationship with [DVCS],” says Juliet, who is a DVCS Champion, alongside HerCanberra’s founder Amanda Whitley.

“Both Cathy and I have a lot to do with their events and their work in the community. We work alongside them in the lead up to the event to ensure it fits with their core values and their goals as well.”

But Juliet’s advocacy work doesn’t stop there. As she says herself, she’s “a bit of an ideas person”.

Last year, Juliet held the inaugural the CanBra Comedy Gala, which raised money for victims of gender-based and sexual violence through the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre and says that she would love to take the Fearless Gala interstate in the future.

“There’s always that plan in the future to grow the work of Fearless to other areas–particularly regional areas around Canberra because as we know they’re impacted by family violence and gender-based violence as well.”

The Fearless Comedy Gala holds incredible importance for the Canberra community, and what the future holds with Juliet’s endless hard work is infinite possibilities.

the essentials 

What: Fearless Comedy Gala 2019
When: Thursday 26 of September from 7.30 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
Tickets: From $49 +bf
Website: canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/fearless-comedy-gala

Date
Thu Sep 26
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Location
Canberra Theatre Centre


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