Jean Kittson is a comedian, actor and writer for stage, television, radio, magazines and newspapers.
Jean came to national attention on television with the show The Big Gig (for which she was nominated for a Logie Award). Followed by Let the Blood Run Free, Kittson Fahey, Good News Week, the Glasshouse, Flat Chat, The Einstein Factor, Media Dimensions and Strictly Speaking, Talking ’Bout Your Generation, Studio Ten. She is a currently a regular guest on Today Extra.
Jean is well known for her comedy debates for the ABC, Channel 9 and Channel 10. She has been a regular columnist with New Weekly, Sunday Telegraph, the Sydney Morning Herald, Inspire Magazine, the Readers Digest Health Smart magazine and The Hoopla. She is a regular guest on ABC 702 radio drive program, Thank God It’s Friday.
Her film credits include Hating Alison Ashley (for which she was nominated for an AFI Award) and The Nugget. Theatre includes Mum’s the Word, Calendar Girls, Siren, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her one woman shows include Blue Vinyl and Bedlam (for which she won the Melbourne Comedy Festival Award).
She has spoken three times on Conversations (ABC Radio), twice with Richard Fidler and once with Sarah Kanowski. And she has written and performed for Women of Letters twice.
Jean is an experienced MC, keynote speaker, panelist, debater and facilitator of conventions, conferences, award nights and other after dinner frolics, in corporate, government and community arena.
She was a founding director of the National Cord Blood Bank, the inaugural chair of the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation and a founding ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia. She is currently an ambassador for The Macular Disease Foundation, The Raise Foundation, Taldumande Youth Services and the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation. She is the Patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia.
Jean is also an author. Her first book was Tongue Lashing.
She was invited to speak about her experiences of menopause at the National Press Club. This lead to her best-selling book, You’re Still Hot To Me: The Joys of Menopause.
Her latest book, published by Pan Macmillan, is We Need to Talk About Mum and Dad – A Practical Guide to Parenting Our Ageing Parents, released in March this year.
Jean is married to cartoonist and political satirist Patrick Cook. She is also the mother of two daughters, Victoria and Charlotte.