Felicity Ward

Felicity Ward

In a reversal of the normal order, Australian comic Felicity Ward came to stand-up after having appeared in a TV sketch show, Channel Ten’s The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, where in 2005 and 2006 she played six-year-old Poppy, German nihilist Gretchen and lawn bowls instructor Heidi.

After the show finished, she worked with her co-star from the show, Heath Franklin, when he performed in character as tough jailbird Chopper. And at the 2008 Melbourne Fringe she performed her debut full-length solo show, Felicity Ward's Ugly as A Child Variety Show, winning the festival’s best newcomer title. It was also nominated for best newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival the next year.

She had further award success with her 2012 show The Hedgehog Dilemma, nominated for best show at the Adelaide Fringe and the Melbourne comedy festival, and winning her best Australian act at the Sydney and Perth Comedy Festivals.

Ward now divides her time between London and Australia and in 2014 was nominated for best club comic in the Chortle Awards.

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Felicity Ward shoots a Channel 4 Blap

Based on her stand-up show

Felicity Ward is making a Comedy Blap based on her anxiety issues and experience of having irritable bowel syndrome.

The British-based Australian comedian started filming the show yesterday, and she posted a photograph from the shoot across social media.

She captioned it: 'Guess who's filming their comedy #Blap today? If you liked my @netflixuk special, you might like this. Will be out soooooon on All 4! ARRRGHGHGH!'

Ward's Channel 4 short is based on her acclaimed 2016 Edinburgh show What If There Is Not Toilet and has the same name.

The stand-up show was also recorded as part of the Live At The BBC series, initially released on BBC Three's iPlayer channel. It's now available on the Netflix, which is what Ward's Instagram referred to.

Her Blap also stars Amy Beth Hayes, who played Kitty in Mr. Selfridge on ITV and is being directed by Tom McKay, who helmed Jack Whitehall's Backchat and three series of Drunk History for Comedy Central UK.

Released online, the last Comedy Blaps came out in February and featured Max & Ivan; Vicki Pepperdine and Jessica Knappett in a series from In Cahoots sketch duo Paul G Raymond and Luke Manning; Sherlock star Amanda Abbington in a one-off written by British comic Will Smith; and a series from Australian comedian Ryan Shelton.

The strand is an opportunity for the broadcaster to work with new comic talent at a lower cost than commissioning pilots.

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Published: 25 Nov 2017

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