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.

Zoë has performed stand up comedy extensively in Australia, London and New York. Her solo show, Trigger Warning, won the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Barry Award as well as the Golden Gibbo, and two Green Room Awards. It was also nominated for Best Show at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama.

In 2008 Zoë completed 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.

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 International Comedy Festival. Other works include Gone Off or I’ve Been Everywhere, Man (Old Fitzroy Theatre, MICF 2012, SMAC award Best On Stage 2012) and Dave (MICF 2013, Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre, London). Zoë’s five-woman ensemble play Is This Thing On? was presented at Belvoir Theatre in 2014.

Zoë is also one third of the contemporary performance company post. Most recently, post’s work Oedipus Schmoedipus was presented at Belvoir for Sydney Festival, Arts House Melbourne, and won a Green Room award for best experimental text. post’s other works include: Who’s The Best? (Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Arts House, Brisbane Powerhouse, Darwin Festival, and Noorderzon Festival, NL, 2011-2013), Everything I Know About The Global Financial Crisis In One Hour (Belvoir Theatre, 2010), Shamelessly Glitzy Work (Performance Space Sydney, Melbourne Arts House, Brisbane Powerhouse) and their newest work Ich Nibber Dibber comes to Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre and the Sydney Opera House in 2018.

The voice of ABC2, Zoë filmed Trigger Warning as part of the Next Gen series, was a regular panel member on Dirty Laundry Live, and has also been seen on Cram (Ten), ABC’S The Chaser’s Media CircusHow Not To BehaveBackseat Drivers, and Live at Bella Union (SBS).

In 2017, Zoë’s theatrical collaboration with Ursula Martinez and Adrienne Truscott, Wild Bore, premiered at the Malthouse Theatre, following return seasons of Trigger Warning at Soho Theatre, London and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Zoë returned to comedy stages in 2018 as herself, sans Dave’s neck beard, with her hit festival offering Bossy Bottom and was nominated for Best Comedy Performer at the Helpmann Awards.