Joanne Brookfield is a journalist and comedy writer. A regular contributor to The Age, she’s covered the three biggest comedy festivals in the world—Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Montreal Just For Laughs. She also spent several years performing stand-up herself around Australia and New Zealand.
Her first book, No Apologies: Women in Comedy Claiming their Space, Finding their Voices and Telling their Stories, features interviews with 60 women in comedy, including Judith Lucy, Denise Scott, Urzila Carlson, Wendy Harmer, The Kates (McLennan and McCartney), Fiona O’Loughlin, Jo Stanley, Cal Wilson and Rachel Berger. No Apologies, “a rallying cry … vital, irreverent and colourful” (The Age), is a “must read” (Australasian Humour Studies Network) for comedy fans however also covers issues relevant to all women, making it a “truly inspiring book” (The Post, WA).