Celia Pacquola

Celia Pacquola

Australia's Celia Pacquola started comedy in 2006, winning the prize for best first-time entrant in the Raw Comedy open mic competition at that year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival after only a handful of gigs. The following year she performed as part of the festival's Comedy Zone showcase.

In 2008 she traded in her waitressing career to write for Network Ten's Good News Week, write and perform for The Comedy Hour on ABC radio and broadcast her weekly radio show Red Hot Go on Fox FM.

In 2009, she performed her first solo stand up show Am I Strange? At the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival where she won The Age Critics Award for Best Australian Show. The show then transferred to Edinburgh.

Her follow-up Flying Solos, played the 2010 Melbourneand Edinburgh festivals, after which she moved to the UK.

However, she continues her career in her homeland, too, with one of the main parts in ABC's 2011 series, Laid.

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Estate agent sitcom for Aussie duo

Part of ABC's 2016 slate

Australian comedians Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola are to make a new sitcom about a struggling estate agency.

The eight-part series, called Rosehaven, will be filmed in rural Tasmania early next year, ready for broadcast on the ABC.

McGregor and Celia Pacquola, who have both performed in the UK, previously worked together on the mockumentary series Utopia. Renamed Dreamland in the UK to avoid confusion with the Channel 4 series of the same name, the comedy was set in the fictional bureaucracy of Australia's Nation Building Authority.

Rose haven was created by McGregor and is one of two comedy programmes he has on the ABC's 2016 slate.

Luke McGregor

Katering Show

The other, Luke Warm Sex, is billed as 'an embarrassingly honest and humorous look at sex'.

Meanwhile a raft of comedy talent are to make pilots under the ABC Comedy Showroom banner. Audiences will vote on which of the six episodes – featuring Eddie Perfect, Ronnie Chieng, Lawrence Mooney, Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan – they'd like to see as a full series.

McCartney and McLennan already make a digital show for the national broadcaster, the spoof cookery programme The Katering Show, pictured right.

That has been renewed for a second series; as have the comedies Upper Middle Bogan, Soul Mates, Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell, Black Comedy, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, and Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery.

Tim Minchin Matilda

Also in the 2016 programming is a look at Tim Minchin's success in musical theatre, entitled Matilda And Me.

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Published: 25 Nov 2015


Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2009

Celia Pacquola: Am I Strange

Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Celia Pacquola in Flying Solos

Edinburgh Fringe 2012

Celia Pacquola: Delayed


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