Emily Tresidder has returned to comedy and she has some stories to tell. Photo credit Emma Holland
Emily Tresidder is a stand-up comedian, radio presenter, producer and podcaster based in Melbourne, Australia. She has been performing stand-up comedy for six years and has sold out shows in comedy festivals in the UK, Asia and Australia. Her comedy shows Crazy Is
and Not Your Ex
were smash hits at the Edinburgh Fringe and she is the co-host of the iTunes top 50 comedy podcast Vic & Em's Comedy Gems. After taking a two-year break from comedy, Emily Tresidder has to the stage with a brand-new show called Emily Tresidder: Where'd You Go?
which is currently showing at the Four5Nine Bar at the Rosemount Hotel as part of Fringe World 2023 until Thursday, 9 February 2023.
In an interview with Magazine 6000
, Tresidder spoke about feeling burnt out with being a woman in the comedy industry, and the expectations that people put on her. Two years ago she decided to take a break from comedy to re-evaluate if comedy was the right career for her. During lockdown in Melbourne, she started a new job hosting her own radio show JOY 94.9FM, and began writing her return show to comedy Emily Tresidder: Where'd You Go?
Emily Tresidder talks openly to the audience about her self-doubts and what made her decide to return to performing stand-up comedy
Tresidder has described her new show as her most personal show ever. She has returned to the stage with a spring in her step and happier and more confident than ever before. She has thrown aside her self-doubts and talks openly and unapologetically about what it is like to be a woman working in the industry with her trademark charm, sharp wit, and engaging personality.
I thought that Emily Tresidder: Where'd You Go?
was a lot of fun. I liked how honest Tresidder was about her experiences as a woman in comedy and hearing her speak about all of the issues that drove her to take a break from performing stand-up. She spoke about battling with self-doubt, struggling with crappy managers, her frustration with bad reviews and being compared with Hannah Gadsby, and her determination to want to do comedy her own way. It was really interesting hearing about how women are treated in the comedy industry. How they are expected to talk about women's issues but not too much because then it becomes vulgar. They're expected to be as funny as the boys but not funnier than the boys and their shows should be vulnerable and have a deeper meaning. Just hearing about all of these rules felt suffocating. I'm not surprised Tresidder took a two-year hiatus.
When Tresidder spoke openly and honestly about her fears about failing as a comedian, I related with her. As a writer, I know what it is like to feel an overwhelming urge to create content, and then put it out there for people to consume. It is such a personal, intimate thing. You hope to yourself that people will like you and really see you. In the end, Tresidder returned to comedy, despite all the problems in the industry, because she realised that it was where she wanted to be. She loves to do comedy and finding her way back to it made her happy again.
Emily Tresidder: Where'd You Go?
runs for 50 minutes and is rated M. Full price tickets are $20.00 to $25.00, Friends Frenzy tickets are $15.50 to $17.50, and Companion Card tickets are $0.00. To book tickets for Emily Tresidder: Where'd You Go? CLICK HERE.
* Marisa Quinn-Haisu was invited as a guest