Felicity Ward

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Felicity Ward
Felicity Ward.jpg
Felicity Ward at the Any Questions for Ben? Premiere In Sydney, Australia, January 2012
Born Felicity Ward
1980
Killcare, New South Wales, Australia
Residence Melbourne
Notable work(s) Spicks and Specks, Thank God You're Here, Good News Week, The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, Any Questions For Ben?

Felicity Ward is an Australian comedian, best known for her TV appearances on Spicks and Specks, Thank God You're Here, Good News Week and as a writer/performer in the Channel 10 Network television programme The Ronnie Johns Half Hour.[1] She is a part of The 3rd Degree, who made and starred in the The Ronnie Johns Half Hour.

Biography[edit]

Ward grew up in Killcare, a small coastal town on the Central Coast of New South Wales.[2]

She first came to public attention in the Logie nominated sketch show The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, especially her character work as 6yr old Poppy, German nihilist Gretchen and lawn bowls instructor Heidi.

Ward made several appearances on the ABC's Spicks and Specks during its six year run until 2011.[1] She also hosted The Comedy Hour on 774 ABC Melbourne.[3]

From 2006-2009, Ward has performed alongside fellow 3rd Degree member Heath Franklin (as Chopper) in the highly popular comedy festival show "Chopper's Fuckin Bingo". Ward played Chopper's ball girl and drug addict niece, Jenny. It has been performed in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, including Chopper's Fuckin Christmas Bingo in 2007.[4]

At the 2008 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Ward performed her debut full-length solo stand up show, "Felicity Ward's Ugly as A Child Variety Show" to popular and critical acclaim,[5] culminating in her winning the Melbourne Airport Award for Best Newcomer.[6]

In 2009, Ward brought her award-winning "Ugly As A Child Variety Show" to the Adelaide Fringe (Feb 20- March 21), the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (April 1–26), the Sydney Comedy Festival (May 12–17)[1] and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Aug 7-31).[7] Produced by Laughing Stock Productions, the show was a commercial and critical hit, selling out shows in all cities. Ward was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2009 MICF and won Mervyn Stutter's Spirit of the Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.[8]

In September 2009, Ward appeared at the Melbourne Fringe Festival with a new show - "Felicity Ward reads from The Book of Moron",[9] a hybrid storytelling/stand up show with music. She performed the show at the 2010 Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

On March 22, 2010, Ward appeared on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala on Network 10.[10]

2011 saw Ward appear in front of sell-out crowds with her critically acclaimed show, "Honestly," culminating in winning Best Local Act at the Time out Sydney Comedy Festival Awards 2011.[11] She was also named in the Sydney Morning Herald's Top 10 comedy shows for 2011, was the face of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and garnered four star reviews all over the country. She toured internationally: to Hong Kong and Singapore, with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, and to New Zealand, with the Comedy Convoy. She also performed a variety style show at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in September 2011 called Felicity Ward's (week-long, ill-timed) Christmas Special.[12]

Ward had a well received supporting role in the 2012 Australian comedy Any Questions for Ben?, created by Working Dog Productions.[13]

Her new show, "The Hedgehog Dilemma", was performed at the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with sell-out seasons and nominated Best Comedy at both festivals. It was then performed the Sydney Comedy Festival and Perth Comedy Festival where she won Best Australian Act at both festivals. It has now been invited to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012, and a short run at the Soho Theatre in London following that.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Felicity Ward's Ugly As a Child Variety Show". Retrieved 4 Feb 2010. 
  2. ^ Clare Graham (17 Apr 2009). "Show based on local childhood". Peninsula News. Retrieved 4 Feb 2010. 
  3. ^ "ABC774 launches Comedy Hour". radioinfo. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Chopper's F*ckin Christmas Bingo". Australian Stage. 13 December 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Richard Watts (7 April 2009). "Ugly as a Child Variety Show". The Age. Retrieved 4 Feb 2010. 
  6. ^ John Mangan (12 October 2008). "Three weeks of Fringe binge winds up with prize night". The Age. Retrieved 4 Feb 2010. 
  7. ^ Edinburgh Fringe 2009 details
  8. ^ "Felicity Ward Honestly". Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Felicity Ward Reads from The Book of Moron". Melbourne Fringe. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (2010)". IMDb. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Time Out Sydney Comedy Awards 2011 - the winners". Time Out Sydney. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Onya Soapbox :: Talent :: Felicity Ward". Onya Soapbox. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Schembri, Jim (9 February 2012). "Any Questions for Ben?". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Felicity Ward: The Hedgehog Dilemma". Soho Theatre. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 

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