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Anne Edmonds is one of Australia’s most exciting new stand up, character and banjo-playing comedians. From naughty kid at school to performing at the New York Comedy Festival, Anne has a story to tell about a winding road to success.
I continually return to the theme of failure in my work and have a million personal stories about doing just that. Learning to fail is an essential part of comedy and any creative process. The things you learn when you fail far out weigh the things you learn from success.
The highlights of my career have been performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New York Comedy Festival and appearing in Wednesday Night Fever and It’s A Date on ABC TV.
I have worked for Beyondblue, developing communication strategies for young people about depression and anxiety. I have also worked for the Division of General Practice (SA and NT), promoting positive mental health to General Practitioners.
I am passionate about performing, particularly in front of a live audience. As a comedian I believe it’s my number one job and where I get all my energy and inspiration. I am also passionate about characters. My favourite characters to create and watch are from every day life, like a mother I’ve overheard talking in a café or someone I’ve had a coffee with at work. There is so much comedy in the small things that happen every day. It’s endless.
In the midst of the funny I also have a simple message I am hoping to get across about seeking help for depression and anxiety should they crop up along the way. It’s a serious message delivered in a light-hearted way. I can also sing and play keyboard and banjo guys! I am always happy to find a way to bust out a tune in a presentation. Or we can just go out for karaoke afterwards?
Anne was faultless. A great message for that particular group of kids and they were totally engaged by her presentation.