“They say laughter is the best medicine; to laugh and to entertain allows a unique catharsis. I’ve found no better way to express my innermost vulnerabilities and normalise them than through comedy. I’m passionate about Indigenous advocacy, removing the stigma regarding mental health issues and imploring people to replace apathy with empathy and making people laugh is such a great way to tackle such big issues.” – Stephanie Tisdell
Steph Tisdell with her magnetic personality and hilarious sense of humour never fails to delight audiences. Only new to the comedy scene, she is making a fast rise as one of Australia’s funniest female Indigenous comedians. Best known for her bold, brassy stand-up routines about body image (owning your own size), relationships and split-personalities.
A proud Murri (Qld Aboriginal) woman, who started doing comedy from a dare in a bar in Dublin while back-packing around the UK and parts of Europe. It didn’t take long for Steph to pursue a career in comedy and take out the National Title for the 2014 Deadly Funnys.
Making a move to Edinburgh, Scotland to develop her technique, delivery and stage presence as a comedian, she was taking the stage every chance she could performing regularly with the famous “Stand Comedy Club” alongside world-class comedians.
Steph was making herself a name and soon becoming a crowd favourite in Scotland. She was a semi-finalist in the coveted “So You Think You’re Funny” Competition, runner up in the Hilarity Bites Best Newcomer and a finalist in the Yesbar Comedian of the Year Competition. Performing on various bills during the 2015 Edinburgh Festival, she also delivered a solo performance called “Boob-a-rang” during the Fringe.
In 2016 Steph returned “down under” to open for the “Scottish Comedian of the Year”, during the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Coming back to Oz, Steph needed exposure to grow and develop an audience. She soon made that happen being a regular for “Best of the Best”, Phatcave, Set List and featuring on “Dumb White Guy” podcast with Brendan Burns, Greg Fleet, Lawrence Mooney and Lindsay Webb”.
Taking a year off, Steph returned to the scene in 2017 with a renewed sense of purpose, passion and depth to her material. Her comeback went off with a big bang, appearing as a special guest for the Aboriginal Comedy Allstars as part of Australia’s largest comedy festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Steph shared the stage with Australia’s best Aboriginal comedians Andy Saunders, Kevin Kropinyeri and Sean Choolburra.
Steph’s new comedy is vulnerable, real and insightful. Her witty observations challenge stereotypes in a non-offensive and hilarious way. Her presence is powerful on stage with her impressive facial expressions, outrageous re-enactments and improvisations.