Penny is an award-winning comedian, actor, writer and director.
A rising star of Australian comedy, 2017 has been the biggest of Penny’s career so far. She performed live on Comedy Central Australia & New Zealand, wrote and produced sketches for ABC Fresh Blood, toured Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, was a regular cast member on John Conway Tonight, and she’ll be appearing on South Korean TV later in the year as part of the Busan International Comedy Festival.
In 2016 Penny was awarded Screen NSW funding under 'Gender Matters’ to complete a writer’s attachment on the ABC TV show, The Checkout, (for which she also worked as an actor and director). She quickly emerged from this role to step into a job writing 4 half-hour episodes of a new comedy series with Ambience Entertainment. At the same time, Penny trained as a live TV studio director thanks to [email protected] - a partnership between Screen NSW and Giant Dwarf theatre in Sydney.
Penny’s debut solo show, Pop Pop, won the Best Emerging Artist Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2015 and toured to sold-out crowds at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She was listed among the Sydney Morning Herald’s must-see up-and-coming comedians of 2015. Her subsequent live shows, Piranha Banana Llamarama (2016) and Pony Greenhorse (2017), have also been very well-received by audiences and critics alike.
Penny was awarded the Ian Potter Foundation Cultural Trust Grant to attend prestigious French theatre school, École Philippe Gaulier in 2013. Television credits include, for the ABC: The Let Down, Fresh Blood 2017, John Conway Tonight, Kiki & Kitty, Growing Up Gracefully, The Checkout, Wednesday Night Fever, Hungry Beast, The Hamster Decides and The Gruen Transfer; also: Random & Whacky (Network Ten), The Feed (SBS), All I Need (7TWO).
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