Jean Kittson


Comedy, Hosts/MC's, Media

Jean Kittson is one of the best known and most popular media personalities in Australasia. Her talents span speaking, writing and acting and she can be found amusing audiences in the theatre, in print, on radio and television; and at many a conference or event.

She made her comedy debut at Melbourne's legendary comedy venue “Le Joke” in a series of solo performances, and then in the stage version of “Let the Blood Run Free”. This show later became a television series for Network Ten and Britain's Channel Four, and was distributed worldwide.

Jean earned national fame through ABC TV's “The Big Gig” as a comic chameleon, with characters as diverse as “Veronica Glenhuntley” the lovelorn newsreader; “Candida” the new-age aerobics instructor; “Rose McCloud” the acerbic air hostess and many others. Following this success, Jean teamed up with Maryanne Fahey to become the first female comedians to have their own show on Australian TV, “Kittson Fahey”, which won a Silver Medal at the New York Television Festival.

Jean Kittson's other television appearances include starring in Channel 9's series “Flat Chat”, as a regular guest on “Good News Week” and as a presenter of the ABC's “Media Dimensions” program. She is also well known for her lively comedy debates in “The Great Debate” series. Jean has also been a regular guest on ABC TV's “The Einstein Factor” and “The Glass House”.

In 1990 Jean starred in the David Williamson play “Siren”. In 1991 and 1992 she starred with Glynn Nicholas and Philip Scott in “The Big Giggle”, a stage version of the TV show. In 1995 Jean wrote and performed her own one-woman play “Escape”, and other theatre highlights include “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, “The Night of the Missing Bridegroom” and “Behind the Mask”. Jean also performed “Love Letters” with Glynn Nicholas for the Melbourne Arts Festival and revisited the role in 2003 at the Noosa Arts and Cultural Festival with the late Campbell McComas.

On radio Jean has been a writer and performer with Sydney's 2DAY FM, a regular guest on ABC's 702 with Richard Glover and a breakfast presenter with MIX 106.5.

Jean has amused audiences in print with columns in “Health Smart” magazine, “New Weekly” magazine, the “Sunday Telegraph” magazine, and “The (Sydney) Magazine”, a monthly supplement with “The Sydney Morning Herald". She has appeared in a number of television commercials and in 1998 published a collection of humorous observations titled “Tongue Lashing” which became a Penguin best-seller.

Jean has also appeared in many feature films, among them Bill Bennett's “The Nugget” in 2002 and “Hating Alison Ashley” in 2005, starring alongside Delta Goodrem.

Jean Kittson's performance and style have returned to the theatre. With a decade away from her much loved theatrical audiences, she has received wide acclaim with “Mums the Word 2: Teenagers”, the sequel to her famous play “Mums the Word”, and has recently finished performing in a sellout season of “Calendar Girls”.

Jean is an Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia, Macular Degeneration Foundation, Junction Works, and Remifemin.

Jean is one of the most in demand corporate performers equally at home as the most polished and creative master of ceremonies or the hilarious comedienne.

SPEAKING TOPICS

  • Entertaining Debates
  • The Comedy Speech
  • The Corporate Roast

TESTIMONIALS

“Jean was highly entertaining and created a personalised routine based on our crowd and their interests. We sent out feedback forms to our delegates and everyone has raved about Jean and how much they enjoyed the entertainment.”
AGL

“Clever lady.”
AMCA (NSW)

“Our feedback is all positive - very happy with Jean Kittson.”
Association of Women Educators

“Yet again Jean Kittson proved to be entertaining while keeping the crowd under control and working her way through the ‘must say’ items (partners, setting the scene etc.).”
Australian Business Arts Foundation

“Jean Kittson was a true professional in all aspects - and a lovely lady to boot! As an MC she was perfect for our function, wrapping our audience up in a little cocoon of warmth and humour and creating just the right ambience. Even when there were slight mechanical glitches, Jean smoothly carried on and the audience were none the wiser. Thank you for recommending her.”
Australian Family