Jennifer Wong is a writer and comedian from Sydney.
She’s the creator and host of shows such as Comedy vs Racism, Pitch a Classic Today, and Book Club Impro, and has performed at arts and comedy festivals in Australia, Edinburgh, and Shanghai.
In 2017, her stand-up show, How to English Harder, had a sold-out run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney’s Belvoir St Downstairs.
She was a writer/performer in The Serpent’s Table, the sold-out Sydney Festival 2014 co-production by Performance 4a and Griffin Theatre. In 2015 she was a supporting cast member in the TV comedy Plonk (Channel Nine, Stan).
As writer and presenter of ABC iview’s Bookish, she interviewed local and international authors, poets, and illustrators; and wrote and performed comedy sketches about books and reading. Her recent interviews with writers and artists can be heard on ABC RN’s Books and Arts, and she is a regular guest on ABC Sydney’s Thank God It’s Friday.
Jennifer’s first job in TV was writing for Good News Week (Network Ten) in 2008. Since then, she’s worked on comedy and factual programs with production companies such as Roving Enterprises, Zapruder’s Other Films, Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder, and Blackfella Films.
As an MC and facilitator, Jennifer works regularly with community organisations on events to do anti-racism, arts and culture, mental health, and education.
She loves the opportunity to bring comedy and the arts to people in different industries, whether it’s through hosting panels and ‘in conversations’, or as a speechwriter/joke writer behind the scenes.
“Smart wordplay and elegant cheek.” – The Sydney Morning Herald
“The super likable star of ABC’s Bookish is a low-key delight. She offers more than a rapid fire one-liner fest though, with an unusually gentle and thoughtful take on life as an introvert; perhaps Sydney’s most polite comedian, she’s also one of its funniest.” – The Guardian
“Sharp story-telling, sizzling insight, considered observation. And puns. Wong is one to watch closely.” – The Daily Telegraph
“I’m besotted with Jennifer Wong, this little PA in Plonk. Such a find.” – Margaret Pomeranz on Foxtel’s Screen
Comedy and Arts Festivals
- China International Comedy Festival (2017)
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2011-2017)
- Sydney Writers’ Festival (2016)
- Sydney Festival (2014)
- Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2013)
- Melbourne Writers’ Festival (2014)
- Sydney Fringe Festival (2012)
- Sydney Comedy Festival (2013, 2015)
- Perth International Comedy Festival (2013)
Comedy at Conferences and Workplaces
University of New South Wales, Mind Australia (Victoria), Australian Institute for International Affairs (NSW), fka Children’s Services (Victoria), David Jones, Scanlon Foundation, National Multicultural Women’s Conference, NSW Women of Diversity Dinner, TAFE NSW Higher Education.
Comedy at Community Events
Sydney Multicultural Community Services, Lebanese Muslim Association, All Together Now, NSW Reconciliation Council, Chinese Australian Forum.
Settlement Services International, Sydney Writers’ Festival, All Together Now, NSW Writers’ Centre – Boundless Festival, TAFE NSW Higher Education.