Zoë Coombs Marr

"This delicious meta-lasagne of insanity is unclassifiable, impossible to explain and off-the-charts, wet-your-pants brilliant. Zoe Coombs Marr is a genius." Herald Sun
“Surprise is the foundation on which comedy is built – and Coombs Marr is a master of it.” ★★★★ The Guardian, 2018

Zoë Coombs Marr is a performer, writer, artist and comedian. She grew up in Grafton, where she and her best friend staged a musical instead of going to schoolies week. She has a double degree in Performance Studies at UNSW and Fine Arts at COFA, where she was awarded the Dinosaur Designs Prize and the Art and Australia Award. Her video works and sculptures have been exhibited at a number of galleries, including First Draft, Kudos and King’s ARI, and in 2006 she won the National Poetry Slam Championships under dubious circumstances.

She is one third of the contemporary performance company post, whose most recent work Ich Nibber Dibber played at Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre and the Sydney Opera House in 2018. In 2017, her theatrical collaboration with Ursula Martinez and Adrienne Truscott, Wild Bore, premiered at the Malthouse Theatre and went on to be performed at the Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe and at the Skirball Centre at NYU.

Zoë has performed stand up comedy extensively in Australia, the UK and the US. In 2012, her solo theatre/comedy work And That Was The Summer That Changed My Life was awarded the Philip Parsons Young Playwright Award and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Other works include Gone Off or I’ve Been Everywhere, Man (Old Fitzroy Theatre, MCF 2012, SMAC award Best On Stage 2012) and Dave (MCF 2013, Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre, London). Zoë’s five-woman ensemble play Is This Thing On? was presented at Belvoir Theatre in 2014.

Her next offering Trigger Warning was the must-see comedy phenomenon of 2016. Zoe won the Melbourne Comedy Festival Award as well as the Golden Gibbo, two Green Room Awards and was also nominated for Best Show at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama. Turns out you can make intersectional feminism funny.

Here’s the thing though: until 2018 Zoë most frequently appeared in comedy circles (including in Trigger Warning) as Dave, a retrograde male comedian with a neck beard. That year she (re-)appeared as herself, sans Dave’s neck beard, with her hit festival offering Bossy Bottom. The show saw Zoe nominated for Best Comedy Performer at the Helpmann Awards and won her a prestigious Herald Angel Award in Edinburgh. In 2020 Bossy Bottom was filmed and internationally released on Amazon Prime Video.

Since filming her Amazon special, Zoë squeezed in a flying visit to support Hannah Gadsby in San Francisco and Los Angeles for her Netflix taping, performed Bossy Bottom in LA, debuted a new show Agony! Misery! in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne, co-hosted Sydney Mardi Gras for SBS twice, and created new works in iso for the Stan Comedy Lockdown series and Melbourne Fringe’s VCR Fest.

In 2021 she became a contributor to The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, hiding out in the crawlspace of the ABC with Barrie Cassidy and flying off on a broom as part of her regular Week In Work segment, as well as guest appearances on Amazon’s The Moth Effect and Spicks & Specks.

  • Television
  • Live Shows
  • Awards
  • Writing
  • Other Notable Work

2020 – SBS: 2020 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (Co-Host)

2020 –  Amazon Prime: Bossy Bottom (Solo Stand Up)

2020 – STAN: Lockdown Comedy (Stand up)

2019 – ABC TV:
The Let Down (Actor – Role: Amber)

2017-19 p ABC TV: Get Krack!n (Actor – Roles: EJ Hayes, Jean
Voiceover – Role: Shopper’s Corner Announcer)

2019 – SBS 2019: Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (Co-Host)

2018 – ABC TV: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Upfront Gala (Comedy Spot)

2018 – ABC TV: Tonightly with Tom Ballard (Stand Up)

2018 – ABC TV: Black Comedy (Guest Cast)

2017 – Network Ten: Cram! (Guest Contestant)

2017 – ABC TV: Stop Laughing… This is Serious (Interview – Documentary)

2016 – ABC TV: Comedy Next Gen – Trigger Warning (Stand Up Comedy Special)

2016 – ABC TV: Comedy Up Late (Stand Up as Dave)

2015 – ABC TV: The Chaser’s Media Circus (Guest Appearance)

2013-15 – ABC TV: Dirty Laundry Live (Regular Panellist)

2015 – ABC TV: How Not To Behave (Ensemble Cast )

2015 – Channel 31: About Tonight (Guest Host as Dave)

2014 – ABC TV: Back Seat Drivers (Guest)

2014 – SBS: Stand Up At Bella Union (Stand Up as Dave)

2020 – Born Slippy – Solo Show
Melbourne Fringe VCR Fest

2020 Agony! Misery! – Solo Show
Perth Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival

2018-19 – Bossy Bottom – Solo Show
Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Darwin Festival, YACK Festival, Canberra Comedy Festival, Return Season MICF 2019, Edinburgh Fringe, Malthouse Theatre Melbourne, Soho Theatre London

2018 – Ich Nibber Dibber – Play with Natalie Rose and Mish Grigor
QPAC Brisbane, Malthouse Theatre Melbourne, Sydney Opera House

2017-19 – Wild Bore – Play with Adrianne Truscott and Ursula Martinez
Malthouse Theatre Melbourne, Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre
London, Sydney Festival, Skirball Centre NYC,

2016-18 – Trigger Warning – Solo Show
Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Giant Dwarf Sydney, Easey Street Concert Hall Melbourne, Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre London, All About Women Festival Sydney Opera House, Return Season MICF 2017, Return Season Edinburgh Fringe 2017, Brisbane Festival, New Zealand Festival

2019: Winner – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Herald Angel Award

2018: Nominee – Helpmann Award – Best Comedy Performer

2017: Nominee – Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama

2017: Winner – Green Room Award – Independent Theatre: Performance

2017: Winner – Green Room Award – Independent Theatre: Writing

2016: Winner – Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Barry Award

2016: Winner – Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Golden Gibbo

2016: Nominee – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Best Show

2012:  Nominee – Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Best Newcomer

2019 – ABC TV: Get Krack!n (Additional Writing)

2019 – ABC TV: Rosehaven (Additional Writing)

 

2020: Comedy Spot – Delivered live

2019: Comedy Spots – Just For Laughs Montreal

2019: Comedy Spots Supporting Hannah Gadsby – MICF

2019: Director Tom Walker – Very Very

2018: Comedy Spot Supporting Ilana Glazer – Hamer Hall Melbourne

2018: Cast Member Tom Ballard and Friends – YACK Festival