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Michele A'Court

Genre: Comedy

Country of Origin: New Zealand

Six-time winner of the NZ Comedy Guild's Best Female Comedian Award, Michele A'Court has forged a successful career as a stand-up comedian, corporate entertainer, actor, voice artist and writer.

Whether it's on stage, television, radio, or on the page, Michele has an ability to find just the right way to reach her audience. She is in demand as a performer and a social commentator across all media.

Michele is the Lead Columnist for "Your Weekend" magazine and relishes the opportunity to write each week on current social issues. She's a regular guest on TV3's current affairs comedy show, "7 Days"; on Radio NZ National's "The Panel" with Jim Mora; and "9 to Noon" with Kathryn Ryan and Te Radar. Michele also reviews books for Radio NZ National and the NZ Listener.

Michele first came to NZ's attention more than 20 years ago as the award-winning host of What Now?, a children's TV show which went live-to-air for two hours each week, and The Video Dispatch, a live current affairs programme aimed at youth but, according to legend, was the "must-see TV show" for NZ's politicians.

Her international experience as a stand-up comedian includes shows at comedy festivals in Edinburgh, Melbourne, Adelaide, Coff's Harbour and throughout NZ - shows which have dealt with the war on terror, national and international politics, life, love and laughter. Michele travelled to East Timor to entertain the troops back in 2001 and very much enjoyed the experience of performing for an audience that was heavily armed.

As a veteran of the industry, Michele is a funding assessor for Creative New Zealand's Theatre Panel. She is also a judge for the Billy T. Award - the annual, pre-eminent award for NZ comedy.