UK-based comedian and actress Kim Hope has performed stand up and solo shows across her native Australia and internationally, as well as appearing regularly on television panel shows Good News Week, Good News Weekend/Night Lite and All Star Squares.
Kim recently returned to London after a successful season at the 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She will be performing regularly in London at Old Rope, Comedy Club for Kids at the Soho Theatre, Comedy Chops at the Hurlingham and SPANK!, and is currently writing her solo show, Walk, in preparation for 2012 Edinburgh Fringe.
Comedy Club For Kids - Edinburgh Fringe
Storyteller’s Club - Edinburgh Fringe
She Says, He Says - with Xavier Toby. Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF)
Upfront 17 - MICF
Comedy Club for Kids - Regular performer. MICF
Storyteller’s Club - MICF
Comedy Bites -ABC Radio National 774 (MICF Gala edition)
The Comic’s Box - Channel 31 Melbourne (MICF season)
Festival Club - featured act. MICF
Girl’s Night - regular act. MICF
“animated and melodramatic, Kim Hope easily stole the laughs and the show”
-The Pun, Melbourne
“Kim Hope is an excellent performer, and it is impossible to take your eyes off her during the show, as she controls proceedings so dominantly”
-Beat Magazine, Melbourne
It’s About Time - solo show. Edinburgh Fringe
SPANK! - Edinburgh Fringe
Rollercoaster - solo show. MICF
Upfront 13 - MICF
Family Fortunes (Comedy Festival Edition) - Channel 9 Australia
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2007 Roadshow- touring Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Singapore, May/ June/July.
“Hope’s delivery is never less than sharp, incisive and hilarious...this laudable comedian keeps the laughs coming with her intelligent and audacious comedy”
-The Pun, Melbourne
Rollercoaster- solo show. Edinburgh Fringe
“a brilliantly structured show – heartfelt and charming”
The Skinny, Edinburgh
“within a few minutes of her entrance, we know this is one rollercoaster ride we are going to enjoy”
“phenomenal stage charisma: an hour in her effortless good company simply zings by”
The Big Finale.- MC. Hobart Comedy Festival
Raw Comedy Hobart Final - MC.
National Comedy Competition
SuperStar Karaoke - Co-host with Wes Snelling.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF)
UpFront 11 - MICF
at The Love Lounge - Regular feature. MICF
Character Comedy - MC. MICF, Glitch
Bar and Cinema.
LaughterHouse - The Aviation Club, Dubai
Lush - Solo show. Hobart Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe
The Big Finale.
Hobart Comedy Festival
SuperStar Karaoke - Co-host with Adam Richard. MICF
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2004 Roadshow - Regional New South Wales
tour, May - June.
The Big Finale. Hobart Comedy Festival
The Funny Girls. Touring Western
SuperStar Karaoke - Co-host with Adam Richard. MICF
Jupiters Casino Gala. Gold Coast Comedy Festival
Puppetry Of The Penis
- Support act. Touring Western Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory and Victoria,
July - October.
Overexposed - Solo show. Hong Kong Fringe Festival.
Outrageous! - with
Adam Richard. MICF, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Raw Comedy - National comedy
competition. Regular MC Sydney and Melbourne heats.
Upfront 8. MICF
Of The Penis - Support act. Melbourne season.
Comedy Festival Gala. MICF
Sing Your Arse Off! - Solo show. MICF
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2001 Roadshow - Touring regional centres
and capital cities throughout Australia, April - July.
Puppetry Of The Penis
- Support act. Sydney season.
Anywhere Music Club, Singapore
Kim Hope and Adam Richard are Sassy! MICF, return season at Prince Patrick
Upfront 6 - Co-host. MICF
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2000
Roadshow - Touring regional Victoria and South Australia
Stand Up New York,
LA Improv - showcase gigs
Overexposed - Solo show. MICF
Shame: The College Years - with Adam Richard,
Peter Helliar and Rove McManus. MICF
Upfront 5. MICF
Kim Kong - Solo show. MICF
Shame - with Adam Richard, Peter Helliar and
Rove McManus. MICF
Miss Itchy's Crème de Menthe Breakfast Show - Cast
Upfront 4. MICF
Miss Itchy's Crème de Menthe Hangover
Breakfast Show - Cast member. Melbourne Fringe
Miss LouLou's Tap Dancing Starlettes
- MC Melbourne season.
Miss Itchy: I Can't Stop Burrowing - Cast member. MICF
Upfront 3. MICF
Upfront 2. MICF
Miss Itchy's Breakfast Show - Cast member. Melbourne Fringe
La Joke at The Last Laugh. MICF
1994 - Now
Regular appearances at
various venues throughout Australia including Sydney's Comedy Store, Melbourne's
Comedy Club, Le Joke, Hi-Fi Bar, The Cheese Shop, Espy Comedy, Elbow Grease as
well as on the Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane comedy circuit.
The Glass House - Regular guest panellist. ABC-TV
and the Beast - Guest panellist. Foxtel
Mikey, Pubs and Beer Nuts
- Guest appearance. Network Ten
The Big Schmooze - Guest appearance. thecomedychannel
All Star Squares - Core cast member, writer of daily comedy game
show. Seven Network
The Loft Live - Host and producer of weekly chat show.
Rove - Guest comedian and sketch performer. Nine Network
- Guest writer and presenter of current affairs comedy show. ABC-TV
Week Night Lite - Regular guest panelist. Network Ten
Whose Shout? - Regular
guest. Channel 31
Sunday Roast - Guest panelist. Fox8
- Co-presenter of weekly science-fiction show. TV1
The Loft Live - Co-host,
guest host, core cast member, segment producer. Channel 31
Totally Full Frontal
- Cast member in sketch show. Network Ten
Headliners - Stand-up performance.
Good News Weekend - Regular panellist. ABC-TV
1998 - 2002
Upfronts 4-8 - Televised annual MICF event. ABC-TV
1998 - 2000
News Week - Regular panellist. ABC-TV, Network Ten
The Loft Live
- Core cast member. Channel 31
1995 - 1997
Under Melbourne Tonight - Guest
comedian. Channel 31
spots and interviews on a range of programs and stations nationally including
Triple J, Triple M, Fox FM, 3LO, ABC Radio National, local and community radio.
Breakfast with Hughsey, Kate and Dave, Nova 100 - Weekly segment on Wednesdays
Dramarama, 3RRR - Regular guest.
Breakfast Show with
Adam Spencer, Triple J - Weekly segment on Tuesdays
1997 - 98
Humour - Stand-up comedy packaged for syndication across Australia by Radiowise
Richard Stubbs Breakfast Show, Triple M - Regular guest
Breakfasters, 3RRR - Weekly segments on Mondays and Fridays
addition to contributing material to All Star Squares, The Loft Live and BackBerner,
Kim has written various articles for The Age, Herald Sun, InPress and Beat Magazine.
is a graduate of the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts School of Drama.
She has played small roles in Neighbours [Network Ten] and The Damnation of Harvey
McHugh [ABC-TV], featured in television commercials, short films, Totally Full
Frontal and can be seen in sketches on the Rove '99 DVD. She appeared as Regan
in King Lear as part of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival [Australia] and was
a huge hit in the 2001 comedy Crimes Of Fashion, produced by Fragile Ego Productions.
has performed at and hosted many private functions for a large range of corporations,
charities, business and community groups. She has worked regularly as a presenter
at trade fairs and in corporate training videos. In 2004 she MC'ed the prestigious
South Australian Master Builders Association Awards dinner at the Adelaide Convention
Brian McCarthy Memorial Moosehead Award for Sing Your Arse Off!
Award [now Barry Award] for Best Show in the 1998 Melbourne International Comedy
Festival for Miss Itchy's Crème de Menthe Breakfast Show (Cast Member)
Brian McCarthy Memorial Moosehead Award for I Can't Stop Burrowing
Hope is a very talented performer who obviously thrives in front of a large audience...
she bursts onto the stage and maintains a frenetic, cartoonish pace throughout
- The Age, Melbourne
Hope's solo venture Overexposed showed why the Amazonian-looking beauty is carving
herself a comfortable niche in the Australian comedy scene..."
with her safety-net free, 'hold tight and fasten your seatbelts, it's going to
be a bumpy ride' routines, Kim Hope's live performances are an exercise in comic
- Juice Magazine, Australia
a performer with a beguilingly expressive face, her slightly ingenuous persona
has that rare quality of making the audience want to laugh with her... one of
Melbourne's most talented comedians..."
- Herald Sun, Melbourne
her humour is bitchy, biting and, at times, noir... very funny, immensely likeable...
she brought the house down..."
- InPress, Melbourne
Hope is tall and beautiful and the audience loved her..."
- Elle Magazine,
enormously entertaining... a pacy show packed with loads of laughs... Kim Hope
- Beat Magazine, Melbourne
Your Arse Off! - MICF 2001
"A comedy show about bowel cancer??? I had
high expectations walking into this one. Anybody who endeavours to show us the
funny side of terminal illness and has the capacity to pull it off deserves due
credit. Kim Hope not only pulls it off, she delivers a sharp performance with
her typically brazen charm and infectious brand of humour.
Your Arse Off! Is the story of Kim's sister Tina, who was diagnosed with bowel
cancer last year. With her cancer in remission, Tina, a self-confessed karaoke
queen, decided to embark on a musical tour of the U.S. She was to sing her way
across the continent, bursting into "New York, New York" atop the empire
State Building and so on [you get the idea]. Kim, deciding this was a fab concept
for a doco, packed the video camera and tagged along.
the most part, the show revolves around this grand musical adventure gone awry.
Kim's anecdotes of their journey are a tribute to her sisters unfailing strength
and humour and explore the respective ways in which the two siblings cope with
deeply memorable moments that are sure to stay with you long after the show is
over, Sing Your Arse Off! ensures a passionate performance from Hope. She succeeds
not only in making laugh at a humourless subject, but also manages to relay a
very moving story about the realities of dealing with terminal illness."
Louise Jones, InPress
show illustrates two impressive tenets: 1] the emotive, captivating and valuable
potential comedy can have as a medium, and: 2] Kim Hope's range as a comedian
show was a moving, hilarious and well-crafted piece with real creative flair and
an undeniable audience captivation. This is a special highlight of the Festival."
Charlie Pickering, Triple J
With Adam Richard - MICF 2002
"It's wonderful to see comedians enjoying
themselves onstage. And it's even more wonderful when their enjoyment translates
into laughs for the crowds.
Hope and Adam Richard do both in their show Outrageous!, which is half 'wrong'
stand-up and half slapstick, skit-style cabaret. The gags are fast, funny, contemporaneous
- a certain philandering footballer cops a pasting and a half - and Hope and Richard
are not afraid of letting good taste getting in the way of a good [or bad] joke.
the kind of cutting stuff you would hear thrown around a private gathering of
friends without fear or favour. The pair's routine is somewhat of a conversation
between close friends [which they are] delivered to the audience. It's hard-at-it,
in-your-face and creates a huge momentum for itself which gives it an almost unrehearsed
feel. Hope has my favourite line-but you'll have to see the show to hear it!"
Lyall Johnson, The Age