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A multi-talented performer and writer, Jean Kittson is one of Australia's best known and most popular comedians, amusing audiences in theatre, film, print, on radio and television.

Jean made her comedy debut at Melbourne's legendary comedy venue Le Joke in a series of solo performances, and then in the stage version of LET THE BLOOD RUN FREE. This show later became a television series for Network 10 and Britain's Channel Four, and was distributed world-wide.

Jean earned national fame through ABC TV's THE BIG GIG as a comic chameleon, with characters as diverse as Veronica Glenhuntley the lovelorn newsreader; Candida the new-age aerobics instructor; Rose McCloud, the acerbic air hostess and many others. Following this success, Jean teamed up with Maryanne Fahey to become the first female comedians to have their own show on Australian TV, KITTSON FAHEY, which won a Silver Medal at the New York Television Festival.

Also for television, Jean starred in Channel 9's comedy series FLAT CHAT, was a regular guest on GOOD NEWS WEEK, THE GLASSHOUSE, MEDIA DIMENSIONS and has become a regular guest on ABC TV?s THE EINSTEIN FACTOR and Channel 7's THE MORNING SHOW.. She is also well known for her lively comedy debates in THE GREAT DEBATE SERIES. In 2010 Jean was a guest judge on the ABC TV series STRICTLY SPEAKING and had a guest role on SWIFT AND SHIFT COURIERS for SBS TV.

In 1990 Jean starred in the David Williamson play SIREN. In 1991 and 1992 she starred with Glynn Nicholas and Philip Scott in THE BIG GIGGLE, a stage version of the TV show. Jean has written and performed three one-woman plays, BLUE VINYL, BEDLAM and ESCAPE. BLUE VINYL won a Melbourne Comedy Festival Award and the next year BEDLAM won another Festival Award which included the opportunity to perform in the rooms at the Assembly Rooms for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Other theatre highlights include A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Jean also performed LOVE LETTERS with Glynn Nicholas for the Melbourne Arts Festival and revisited the role in 2003 at the Noosa Arts and Cultural Festival with the late Campbell McComas. In 2008 Jean starred in the highly acclaimed national tour of MUM?S THE WORD 2: TEENAGERS and in 2010 Jean stole the show in the national stage tour of CALENDAR GIRLS.

On radio Jean has been a writer and performer with Sydney's 2DAY FM, a regular guest on ABC's 702 with Richard Glover and a breakfast presenter with MIX 106.5.

Jean has amused audiences in print with columns in NEW WEEKLY MAGAZINE, the SUNDAY TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE, and THE (SYDNEY) MAGAZINE, a monthly supplement with The Sydney Morning Herald. She has appeared in a number of television commercials and in 1998 published a collection of humorous observations titled TONGUE LASHING which became a Penguin best-seller.

Jean has also appeared in many feature films, among them Bill Bennett?s THE NUGGET in 2002, and in 2005 HATING ALISON ASHLEY, starring opposite Delta Goodrem. Jean is currently in development on a new novel and radio show for the ABC, and continues to be a highly sort after speaker on the corporate circuit.