Travels from: New South Wales
Professional Master of Ceremonies and hilarious stand up
Categories: After Dinner Entertainers, Comedians, MCs & Hosts
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Jean is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most popular and recognized female comedians, she has delighted and amused audiences in all areas of entertainment including radio, television, print and theatre. Jean is extremely versatile and multitalented, being both a performer and a writer.
Jean Kittson’s career began with her comedy debut at Melbourne’s legendary comedy venue Le Joke in a series of solo performances, followed by the stage version of LET THE BLOOD RUN FREE. The show that then went on to become a television series for Network 10 and Britain’s Channel Four, and was distributed world-wide. The Big Gig gave Jean national fame, as a comic chameleon, with characters as differing as Candida the new-age aerobics instructor, Veronica Glenhuntley, lovelorn newsreader, Rose McCloud, the ascerbic air hostess and many other lovable characters.
Following this success and Jeans rising popularity, Jean became one of the first female comedians to have their own show on Australian TV, when she teamed up with Maryanne Fahey for Kittson Fahey, which won a Silver Medal at the New York Television Festival.
Jean has had numerous television appearances, starring in in Channel 9′s Flat Chat, a regular guest on Good News Week and a presenter of the ABC’s Media Dimensions program. She is also well known for her lively comedy debates in The Great Debate Series, where she has hilariously argued that That Middle Age Is Sexy, The Aussie Bloke Is a Hopeless Joke, That Australia is Not the Arts End Of The World, That Beauty Is Better Than Brains and most recently at the 2003 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, That Celebrities Should be Seen and Not Heard.
Jeans theatre career is also vast, in the early 90’s Jean was the star of David Williamson's play Siren and she also starred with Glynn Nicholas and Philip Scott in The Big Giggle, which was a stage version of the popular TV show. In 1995 she wrote and performed her own one-woman play Escape. Jean also performed in A Mid-Summer Nights Dream at the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens as well as Love Letters with Glynn Nicholas for the Melbourne Arts Festival and for the Noosa Arts and Cultural Festival with Campbell McComas. Jeans radio credits include being a writer and performer with Sydney’s 2DAY FM, ABC’s 702 and a breakfast shift presenter with MIX 106.5.
After addressing the National Press Club on the topic of Menopause, Jean has written a book for Pan MacMillan and is sharing her tips on how to survive menopause in her new book You're Still Hot for Me.
Jean enjoys speaking on and has experience in the area of aged care, including her exciting and thought provoking times MC’ing past Tri State Conferences and her time with her grandparents, her in-laws and her two elderly parents.
Jean supports and is the ambassador for many charities and foundations including the Macular Disease Foundation, Jeans mother is a sufferer, the Ambassador for Northcott Disability Services, The Raise Foundation – Youth Mentoring, Taldumande Foundation for homeless youth and youth in crisis.
Jean is also the Patron for Junction Works Community Services and the chair for the National Gynecological Cancer Foundation.
If you would like more information regarding Jean Kittson or would like to book Jean for your next conference or event, please feel free to contact us on 1300 661 904.
Jean was BRILLIANT! She had the entire audience and crew in stitches of laughter and appealed to the variety of ages in the room. Just when we thought we couldn’t laugh any more, she had us doubled over yet again! We seriously couldn’t have asked for a more accommodating keynote speaker and the reviews from attendees were beyond amazing.
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