Shows & Festivals

Hello. It’s October 2014, and I’m getting ready for my new stand-up show for next year’s comedy festivals in Australia. It’s full of stories about food, and I can’t wait for you to see it. If you’d like to come to any trial shows in Sydney, or find out where and when The Show About Food will be playing (working title, of course), please subscribe to my mailing list.

Here are some other things I’ve done:

Laughable: The One-Liner Show at the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival: 27 March – 20 April


Other things that happened at the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The Serpent’s Table: Sydney Festival 2014

Presented by Griffin Theatre Company and Performance 4a in partnership with Sydney Festival and Carriageworks: 24-27 January


Post-show update: Five stories. Seven performers. Eleven sold-out shows.

Combining storytelling, installation and great food, five remarkable Asian-Australians share dishes of special significance to their lives, and reveal the moving, humorous and provocative stories behind them. You’ll savour their dishes and the experiences that inspired them.

Featuring some of Australia’s most inventive artists and cooks such as Pauline Nguyen (Secrets of the Red Lantern) and Indira Naidoo (The Edible Balcony), The Serpent’s Table is a communal celebration of the cultural and culinary richness of Sydney.

Visit the Sydney Festival website for more info.



Jennifer Wong: Laughable at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival: 3-24 August as part of the PBH Free Fringe

Laughable-Jennifer-Wong-finalRide a carousel of pun trick ponies and sparkling one-liners with one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s top 10 new comics to watch.

In the absence of ponies, there will be jokes: ‘I met a comedian at a Morse code conference who couldn’t work clean. His whole act was beeped.’ ‘Big fan of Shetland ponies. Well, I like them a little.’ ‘Brevity is.’

‘If there’s a quiet achiever award for comedy, Sydney stand-up Jennifer Wong might be your winner.’ – Herald Sun

‘Sharp story-telling, sizzling insight, considered observation. And puns. Wong is one to watch closely’ – Daily Telegraph



Jennifer Wong: Laughable at Bondi Feast

2013 Bondi Feast – A festival of theatre, comedy, music & food

9pm Friday 19 July in Bondi (sold out). Extra show added: 6pm Saturday 20 July.

Ride a carousel of pun trick ponies and sparkling one-liners with one of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 10 New Comics to Watch. Catch Jennifer Wong before she takes her best ‘Laughable’ collection to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2013. It’s also her last show in Sydney for the year as she’ll be plying her puns and stories overseas for the next six months, so come ride the ponies.

“If there’s a quiet achiever award for comedy, Sydney stand-up Jennifer Wong might be your winner.” – Herald Sun

“Sharp story-telling, sizzling insight, considered observation. And puns. Wong is one to watch closely.” – The Daily Telegraph

Jennifer Wong is Spineless at 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival: 28 March – 21 April

Poster for Jennifer Wong is SpinelessA bookworm with no book to her name stands face-to-face with page fright. Or tries to stand, what with the no spine and all.

After sold-out shows in Melbourne and Sydney, comedian Jennifer Wong is reunited with her first love: books and writing.

Inspired by Woody Allen, Dorothy Parker and David Sedaris, Jennifer Wong knows what she wants. But attempts to follow in the writers’ footsteps are not easy, and further complicated by the fact that one of them is dead.

Expect stand-up on this invertebrate existence, with shameless pitches to publishers.

“The show centres on Wong’s fascination with literature and language, drawing insightful parallels between her native tongue of English and her not-so-perfect attempts at Cantonese and Mandarin.

Although softly spoken, Jennifer is the loud voice of reason, depicting the clashes of culture and difficulties second-generation Chinese-Australians face as our nation’s relationship with China grows, in terms of business, culture and language. Yet, despite some serious undertones, she still delivers her material with quick wit, plenty of puns and charisma.” – What’s On Comedy

“The show’s overall humour is self-deprecating with touches of dorky enthusiasm. Wong unashamedly declares her love of puns and tests out her favourites with the audience. Some puns are brilliant; others are terrible in the best possible way, but Wong’s strengths lie in her storytelling abilities. Her off-kilter observations on racial stereotypes and the Chinese language are charming and entertaining, and perfectly paired with her unique vernacular and wit. Her delivery skews towards awkward, which is very endearing.” – artsHub

“If there’s a quiet achiever award for comedy, Sydney stand-up Jennifer Wong might be your winner.” – Herald Sun

The International Jennifer Wong Book Tour: Not Yet Published* at the 2012 Sydney Fringe

2012 Sydney Fringe Festival: 20-22 September

Flyer for The International Jennifer Wong Book Tour: Not Yet Published“Why do audiences go to author readings and line up to get their books signed? How much proof do we need that authors can read and write?”

After sold-out comedy festival shows in Sydney and Melbourne, Jennifer Wong brings it back to where it all began: a love of books and writing.

Inspired by literary heroes Woody Allen, Dorothy Parker, and David Sedaris, the local writer and comedian presents a writers’ festival parody like no other.

Come celebrate the National Year of Reading with Jennifer Wong on the Sydney leg of her international book* tour. Expect readings, audience Q&A, and shameless pitches to publishers.

*Not Yet Published

Ouch & Other Words

2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival: 29 March – 22 April
2012 Sydney Comedy Festival: 3 & 8 May
2012 Perth International Comedy Festival: 16-19 May

Poster for Ouch & Other Words

A bookish comedian did a First Aid course so that no one around her will ever feel pain or die. This is called delusion.

Expect stories lovingly wrapped in cotton wool, with the sharp stabbing of an Epi-Pen cocktail of glucose and venom.

Jennifer has written for Good News Week and was a researcher on Can of Worms, both on Channel Ten. In 2011 she was one of five new Australian comedians selected for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Comedy Zone. This is her second solo show, and her first First Aid certification.

“Remember this show for when you’re sick of angry comics screaming about the world.” – TimeOut Melbourne

“Jennifer Wong is the future of standup comedy. Clever, thoughtful and very funny. A masterful weaver of tales and winner of hearts, she is the must-see comedian of the year.” – Tim Ferguson, Doug Anthony All Stars

“A promising hour from an emerging Australian comedian.” – The Age

“Sharp story-telling, sizzling insight, considered observation. And puns. Wong is one to watch closely.” – The Daily Telegraph, Must See Local Picks at the 2012 Sydney Comedy Festival

Comedy Zone

2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival: March – April

Australia’s best stand-up apprentices have been jack-hammered into the one show…We advise to wear your hard hats, people. To enter The Comedy Zone is a risky undertaking – you’re likely to laugh your head off.

Featuring Jennifer Wong (NSW), Daniel Connell (ACT), Luke Heggie (NSW), Henry Stone (QLD) and Ronny Chieng (VIC). With special appearance by YouTube sensation Jaydos.

“Smart wordplay and elegant cheek.” – The Sydney Morning Herald, Top 10 New Comics to Watch in 2011


About Face: An Asian-Australian Variety Show

COOLie at Belvoir St Theatre Downstairs: 2-5 & 9-12 February

Poster for Performance 4a's COOLie series COOLie comprises three shows presented by Performance 4a.

MEETING IN MOREE – Chinese-Australia meets indigenous Australia when photographer/performer William Yang meets with indigenous elder and researcher Noeline Briggs-Smith.

STORIES EAST & WEST – six storytellers link past and present, Asia and Australia, family and personal aspiration. Directed by William Yang & Annette Shun Wah.

ABOUT FACE – a variety show to turn expectations 180 degrees. From mini-skirted vixens to big pants percussion, searing torch songs to a genuine 70s guitar hero. With Les Gock, Paul Cordeiro, Lena Cruz, Oliver Phommavanh, Jennifer Wong and Suara Indonesia Dance. Directed by Lisa Freshwater, with songs by Brett Wood.