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Michele
A'Court

One of New Zealand's most awarded comedians.

Profile

Winner of “Female Comedian of the Decade” at the 2010 NZ Comedy Guild Awards, Michele A’Court is a fulltime professional stand-up comedian and freelance writer.

Current work
Comedian
Her work turns up everywhere - on stage, television, radio; in newspapers and magazines - and she is in demand as a comic, an event MC, and also as a social commentator across all media.

Michele’s solo comedy show, “Stuff I Forgot To Tell My Daughter”, was a sold-out hit at the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival and the 2014 World Buskers Festival. Michele continues to the tour the show.

In 2015, the show became a bestselling book published by Harper Collins, debuting at number one on the Indie Top 20, and sitting cheerfully on the Booksellers Top Ten list for three months.

Radio
Michele is frequent voice on Radio NZ National’s “The Panel” with Jim Mora; and “9 to Noon” with Kathryn Ryan and Te Radar; she has a regular spot reviewing the world’s weirdest news on TVNZ’s “Good Morning”; and she was a regular guest in the early years of TV3’s award-winning comedy show “7 Days”.

Columnist
Michele has been writing a weekly column for The Press since 2008 and relishes the opportunity to comment on current social issues. She is also a frequent freelance contributor to several national magazines.

Her international experience as a stand-up comedian includes work in the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, Papua New Guinea and East Timor; and she has performed at the Edinburgh, Melbourne, Adelaide and NZ Comedy Festivals. She has been working as an after-dinner speaker, event host and conference MC for more than 20 years.

Michele is the Patron of the Moving & Handling Association of NZ (MHANZ) which cares for carers in the health sector. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, and a Life Member of the NZ Comedy Guild.

Expertise
Media
Feedback
Michele more than fulfilled our expectations as a keynote Speaker - she captured the audience, constructed her speech/performance around issues relevant to the Charitable Trust involved and to the audience that were present. Michele was hilarious, genuinely warm, and totally professional. Feedback has been all positive and I have been congratulated on the choice of guest speaker. Friends of True Colours

Michele always exceeds our expectations. The audience love, love, loved her! We would use her for all our jobs if we could get away with it!

Insight Consultants

The audience loved Michele and has been repeating some of her jokes and comments. Michele was very professional and easy to work with.

Energiser NZ Ltd

Michele was a delight to have and I have had many emails and calls to say what a great choice we had made. She could really read the audience and her lovely bright personality made her popular with everyone. She helped to make our evening a great success.

Soroptimist International of Invercargill

Michele held the attention of the audience throughout her presentation. The audience reaction was very positive - a good mixture of wisdom and humour.

Tauhara College

Michele was a brilliant choice for our group of Retail Managers. She is witty, fun but also very professional. Highly recommend her! The audience thought she was brilliant. She kept them alive and excited.

Amcal Chemists

Michele was superb - her humour and professionalism made the night a success and she is so lovely to deal with.

NZICA

Michele added a lot of value to the evening in her role as MC at our event. She entertained the audience while also managing to keep the evening flowing. She is warm and friendly as well as being very professional.

Transpower

We needed light entertainment and relief from a day of conferencing and Michelle found the funny spot in all of us. Michele was enjoyed by all and stayed for a drink afterwards where many took the opportunity to talk to her.

Waltus Investments

We really liked Michele. She called two days before my event to go over certain details. She arrived in plenty of time and delivered well. In a way she is like a ‘sure bet’. You know she will just plain deliver the goods which means as an event organiser, it’s one less thing to worry and bite your finger nails over. You just cannot fault her at all."

Gilligan Rowe & Associates

Michele was just an absolute dream to work with, professional, funny, approachable and very adaptable to whatever we needed her to address - just can’t say enough! We have used Michele twice for 2 very different events and she is just fantastic!

Real Estate Institute of New Zealand

Michele was outstanding again. We had a more complicated show this year, with 3 stages for her to perform across (including one where she had to present 'in-the-round’). She pulled it off with flair. The audience had a great night, were thoroughly entertained, and Michele managed to hold their attention all night - which you know we've had difficulty with (with this crowd)! She has been a pleasure to work with throughout the planning and production. Nothing is too much trouble, and she’s really engaged in making sure the show works.

NZ Direct Marketing Awards

Michele was great as always. She is such a professional and her sense of humour is always well received. I would definitely use Michele again.

Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand

Michele was fantastic. Kept the day moving and exactly to schedule. Provided the right amount of humour and helped keep everyone going through what was a long day of presentations

Air New Zealand

This is the second year we have had Michele as our MC. We were so impressed with her last year we knew we had to have her again. She is amazing!

First Credit Union
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