Steph Tisdell is FRESH from the stage of the Melbourne International Comedy Gala and ready for her debut!

Described as magnetic and hilarious, comedian Steph Tisdell is ready to take on her  Festival debut as she explores the issues of identity as an Aboriginal woman, guilt, racism and mental health wrapped up in one inspirational and hilarious hour. 


When and where was your first gig and how did it go? 

As a dare in a pub in Dublin, drunkenly standing on a chair, asking the regulars to listen to me as I had to do this dare. Its actually a much longer story, but you’ll have to watch the show to hear it ;) 

What do you love most about being a comedian? 

The bitches! Haha, kidding of course. I love the fact that if you’re doing it right, you can make your audience a little community. There’s something so special about that to me, the intimacy of stand up. Even though that seems odd, there’s a level of truth and vulnerability you can’t get anywhere else. 

What can we expect from your debut Sydney Comedy Festival show?

Just the truth. That’s what comedy is. So, my show is my little truth. 

Your best advice for someone wanting to pursue a career in comedy? 

Be overconfident. I mean it. But only in the beginning. Start a fire in your belly. It’s a weird job because your success relies so much on your persistence and commitment. So you have to back yourself. 
I’m plagued by feelings of being unworthy, but because I was excited just to perform in the beginning and had a naive view of what I could if I was given the chance, I planted seeds I’m not able to sew. 

The funniest person you know who’s not a comedian and why?

This is a cheeky answer cos it’s technically more than one, but my siblings when we’re all together. We just riff off each other and I never ever laugh as hard as when we’re together. My brother Ben probably has the weirdest sense of humour I’ve come across, but when we’re together it’s always just big laughs. 

Your hot tips for this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival?

I don’t know exactly what this question means. So I’ll just say – watch live comedy. Watch new, watch open mic, watch the best, watch the worst. Just literally, go bathe in the arts. 

NOMINATED Best Newcomer Melbourne International Comedy Festival
WINNER Show of the Week, Adelaide Fringe Festival

Do not miss Steph Tisdale Identity Steft at the Enmore theatre, 16 – 19 May

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