In one of the first public events back at Fringe Common Rooms since the pandemic, premier diversity night Lemon Comedy will fill Trades Hall with laughs on Thursday 18 March. Celebrating comedians of colour, female-identifying, non-binary and LGBTQIA+ performers, and comedians living with a disability or mental illness, Lemon Comedy is inclusive comedy at its best.

Hosted by comedy queen Annie Louey (pictured left), the night will feature headline act Selina Jenkins, whose critically-acclaimed song writing and breathtaking performances never fail to wow crowds.  Annie and Selina will be joined by an exciting line-up including Sashi Perera, Alistair Baldwin, Heather Joan, Sonia Di Iorio and a secret international act, beaming in from the UK, as well as a couple of professionally filmed and edited sketches on the venue’s big screen.

Annie Louey is a regular at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and hosts JOY94.9 Up Early. A multi-skilled performer on stage and screen, Annie recently appeared in ABCTV’s Gourmet Lazy series, cooking with her mother.

Well-known for her heart-warmingly hilarious cabaret shows including shows BOOBS and Thy Neighbour, both based on powerful true stories, headliner Selina Jenkins (pictured below) took out Four Green Room Awards for Cabaret in 2020 – Writing, Original Songs, Best Artiste and Production

Sashi Perera is a RAW Comedy Victorian state finalist and an Improv Conspiracy Diversity Scholarship recipient. Alistair Baldwin has written for the likes of Get Krack!n, ABC’s The Weekly, Hard Quiz and more. In 2019 Alistair’s play Lame was performed at Southbank Theatre as part of Melbourne Theatre Company’s First Stage initiative. Heather Joan is a trans woman of colour, multidisciplinary artist, musician and writer. Sonia Di Iorio’s witty and wonderful writing and stand-up led her to snaffle up the 2017 Spleen Comedy’s Comic of the Year award and she has also performed at Splendour in the Grass.

Lemon Comedy is a global comedy showcase and one of the longest running diversity nights in Melbourne. It started in 2017 with performances as the queer bookshop, Hares and Hyenas in Fitzroy, and has since also had shows in London and Los Angeles. Lemon Comedy’s 2020 show at Fringe Common Rooms was a huge success and featured comedians including Dilruk Jayasinha, Dazza and Keif and Hot Department. The first 2021 Lemon Comedy showcase promises another unmissable night of diverse, inclusive, accessible and, most importantly, hilarious comedy.

Located in Melbourne’s iconic Trades Hall, Fringe Common Rooms is Melbourne Fringe’s year-round home for independent artists, for workers and for people who like to party. It’s a meeting place for one-off and regular events, including live music, performance, comedy, cabaret, dance parties, spoken word, workshops and rehearsals. It’s a culturally and physically safe space for our communities, including LGBTIQA+, First Nations, people who are Deaf or with disability. Fringe Common Rooms is where culture and community collide.

For event and booking details head to www.melbournefringe.com.au or call (03) 9660 6900

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