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Tracy Bartram (born 17 June, London, UK) is an Australian comedian, radio personality and singer. Although born in the UK, she grew up and resides in Melbourne, Australia.
She began performing stand-up comedy in 1989 while working in sales and marketing. Her first gig was a ten-minute stand-up comedy stint at the Hilton Hotel.
In 1994 Bartram joined Perth station 94.5FM and worked as a double act with Fred Botica. After three years she moved back to her home town of Melbourne's Fox FM and co-hosted the breakfast programme with Matt Tilley. It held the number one FM breakfast show ratings for six years.
During her time at Fox FM she interviewed many high profile celebrities on her own national Hour of Power show. Favourites included Susan Sarandon, Kristin Davis, Anastacia, Ronan Keating, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Geoffrey Rush and Bob Geldof. After a two-year break from radio (2003–2005) she joined the MIX 101.1 FM team in March 2006 with the Tracy and Tim for Breakfast show (with Tim Smith). Bartram and Smith finished at Mix 1011 at the end of November 2007.
From 2008 to 2010, Bartram was a regular fill in presenter for the Red Symons breakfast show on 774 ABC Melbourne.
Bartram also has a considerable television profile. First spotted in 1993 by producers of Perth's daytime TV show, Jenny Seaton Live and Mad About Movies, she was given regular comic reporting spots on those shows. She was also a regular panellist on Beauty and the Beast, and occasionally on others such as Good Morning Australia Rove Live, and Mornings with Kerri-Anne.
Tracy Bartram began her stand up comedy career in 1989 at a try out night at the Hilton Hotel in Melbourne, after a successful career in sales and marketing.
Bartram writes and produces her own shows. In 1990 she launched "My Life Through the Eyes of a 60's Child", followed in 1992 by "Lipstick on the Wattle" and in 1993 by "Tracy Bartram After Dark". Other shows that she's written include "Six Foot Silly and Sexy" 1994 (Adelaide, Melbourne & Perth), "Six Foot Silly and Six Months Pregnant" 1994 (Edinburgh Fringe), "Discovering My Roots" 1998, a musical performance backed by a seven piece band, "Rawhide" 2001, "Tracy Bartram Live" 2003.
"Tracy Bartram Live" was recorded and released as a CD through Shock Records in 2004.
She is a comedian, author, singer, radio broadcaster, keynote speaker, MC and activist. In 2003 after leaving Fox FM, she played in "Minefields and Miniskirts", wrote her show, "Illegally Blonde", which premiered at the 2004 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and then went to Edinburgh in 2004. "Illegally Blonde" toured regional Victoria Regional Victoria in June 2006.
Bartram has a keen interest in music and was MC for Melbourne Jazz Festival Opening Ceremony and the Jazz Awards from 2003– 2010.
In 2008 she performed in "Mums The Word 2 – Teenagers" in its Sydney and Perth seasons.
In 2009, she formed her own band, The Tracy Bartram Band. She works with jazz musicians because comedy and jazz are both improvised. She interprets classic pop songs into cool jazz tunes. Her band consists of piano, drums, guitar & vocals.
Bartram runs a business named Serious Laughter – the mission of which is to change people's lives through laughter. She is also a campaigner for animal, women's, children's and GLBTI rights – she works actively for her causes & for four years she created and organised the successful "Celebrity Garage Sale".
She is patron of Entertainment Assist, Women's Circus, The Magdalene Foundation and, is an active supporter of The Victorian Women's Trust and Choose Cruelty Free, an organsisation which educates on the benefits of using non-animal tested cosmetics and household goods.
She is a professional and specialist corporate master of ceremonies.
She is also a media trainer and works with corporations and senior management on authentic presentation from the podium.
She is passionate about helping others with her knowledge on recovery from addiction, from a personal perspective.
Bartram is the mother of one son.