Comedy, Creative Entertainment, Hosts/MC's
Felicity Ward is a multi-award winning, 31 year old, Melbourne-based, stand-up comedian, comic performer, writer and actor. She is most well-known in Australia for her work on Network Ten’s “The Ronnie Johns Half Hour”, and her regular guest appearances on ABC’s “Spicks and Specks” and 7’s “Thank God You’re Here”.
Felicity first came to public attention with her much loved comedy characters on Network 10’s sketch comedy show, “The Ronnie Johns Half Hour” (2005-06). The show ran for 2 seasons, became a cult hit and was nominated for an Australian TV Logie award, for Most Outstanding Comedy.
Felicity Ward had participated in Melbourne International Comedy Festivals (MICF) previously, but it was her debut full-length comedy show, “Felicity Ward’s Ugly as a Child Variety Show” at the 2008 Melbourne Fringe that announced Ward as a solo stand up performer. The autobiographical show went on to become a commercial and critical hit, and she was awarded Most Outstanding Newcomer. At the 2009 Adelaide Fringe, Felicity Ward’s UAAC Variety Show sold out a 4-week season, before playing to full houses at the 2009 MICF, culminating in a nomination for Most Outstanding Newcomer. The Age described her as ‘Warm, witty and brilliant’, and Chortle.co.uk, gushed praise; ‘She is an irresistible force of nature... She's brilliantly insane, and insanely brilliant. Ward was then invited to take UAAC Variety Show to the Edinburgh Fringe, where she was awarded the ‘Spirit of the Fringe Award’.
Since 2006, Ward has also starred along fellow Ronnie Johns alumni Heath Franklin (aka “Chopper”) as “Jenny”, Chopper’s drug-addict niece, in the live, sell-out, comedy show “Chopper F**kin’ Bingo”, which The Sydney Morning Herald’s 2006 Arts Review, named as one of the ‘five funniest shows of the year’.
In 2008, Felicity hosted the live radio topical sketch show, “The Comedy Hour” on 774 ABC Radio Melbourne, and saw the first of many guest appearances on ABC TV’s panel game show, “Spicks and Specks”. Host Adam Hills said of Felicity, “(She) is one of the most naturally funny people I know. She not only has funny bones, she has funny marrow.”
At the 2009 Melbourne Fringe, Felicity debuted “Felicity Ward Reads from the Book of Moron”, a series of humorous essays and short stories, which she went on to reprise for the 2010 Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival and MICF, before touring it to NZ and the UK where The Scotsman exclaimed, “This is one of the funniest shows I’ve seen this year.”
In 2010, Felicity also appeared on the 2010 MICF TV gala, The Sydney Morning Herald named Felicity as one of the top ten rising stars of Australian comedy, and she reunited with fellow 3rd Degree members for a live reunion national tour of “The Ronnie Johns Half Hour”.
2011 was a massive year for Felicity, which saw her headline comedy rooms around the country for the first time and she was also chosen as the face of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival ad campaign.
She wrote and toured her new stand-up show Honestly which attracted sell-out crowds in Adelaide (4 Stars - Adelaide Advertiser), Melbourne (4 Stars - Herald Sun) and Sydney (4 Stars - Time Out) concluding with the Time Out Sydney Comedy Festival Award for Best Local Act 2011.
This year has also seen Ward spend 3 weeks in New Zealand, starring in the “Comedy Convoy Tour Documentary” series, penciled to air later this year on New Zealand television. This was followed by a 7-week tour of Western Australia, Singapore and the inaugural trip to Hong Kong with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Ward wrote & performed her second hour long show for the year, a variety show at the Melbourne Fringe 2011 “Felicity Ward’s (week-long, ill-timed) Christmas Special!”, garnering rave reviews (“Manic, hilarious, inspired, fearless, genuine, crikey”) and critical acclaim (4 Stars - ”This is a bravura performance.” The Age).
The end of 2011 will see Ward writing & developing exciting new television projects, and a new stage show for 2012. Most excitingly she will also star in the upcoming Working Dog feature film “Any Questions For Ben?”, scheduled for release on Australia Day (26th January) 2012.
Felicity has also appeared on The “Trophy Room”, “The Librarians”, “Laid”, “Good News Week”, “Australia vs…”, “Melbourne Comedy Festival All-Star Gala”, “Sleuth 101”, “The White Room”, “You Have Been Watching”, “7 Days (NZ)”, and “7pm Project”, and is a regular on 774 ABC Melbourne.
“Her brilliance shines. This is one of the funniest shows I've seen this year.”
“Felicity Ward's savage honesty, animated physicality and stories of personal bugbears evoke legendary comics such as Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball.”
Sydney Morning Herald
“Warm witty and brilliant.”
“She is an irresistible force of nature. She's brilliantly insane, and insanely brilliant.”