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Zoe Coombs Marr’s new Edinburgh show is about literally everything that’s ever happened to her

Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee and Melbourne International Comedy Festival Best Show winner Zoë Coombs Marr will be bringing her brand-new hour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. Breaking from her usual character fair, Zoë’s new show is nothing fancy. No big concepts. It’s just going to cover every single thing in her whole entire life.

In a striking move away from the conceptual character shows, Zoë’s new hour opens a rare window into her personal world. For this, warts-and-all, (it’s mostly warts)… personal storytelling comedy show, she’s getting her affairs in order and cataloguing it all. Emphasis on all. Everything she knows, everything she can remember, and probably some of the things she’s forgotten. Every object, every detail, every word mispronounced and ornamental soap and smell from a drain, all the big stories, the small secrets, the minutiae and exes and haircuts and pencil cases and chips.

Drawing from her (frankly appalling) memory, she is attempting to chronicle her own history in a way that only someone with an adult ADHD diagnosis can do. Delving into her archive of jokes, organised by year on scraps of paper (yep, she’s a bit of a hoarder), and with a bit of help from a giant Excel spreadsheet, audiences can expect a hilarious, free-wheeling new hour of stand-up, that will evolve and change every night. She’s getting it all down. This might go on forever.

Zoë Coombs Marr is a comedy legend who was personally invited to perform at Just For Laughs Montreal in 2019 and 2023 and the 2024 Netflix Is A Joke Festival and is creator, writer and host of ABC iView’s Queerstralia – a sprawling, irreverently meta look into the untold LGBTQIA+ history of Australia.

Her groundbreaking show Trigger Warning was the must-see comedy phenomenon of 2016, culminating in a Melbourne Comedy Festival Award, Golden Gibbo, two Green Room Awards, a nomination for Best Show atEdinburgh Fringe Festival and the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama.

Zoe (re-)appeared as herself with Bossy Bottom, which saw her nominated for Best Comedy Performer at the Helpmann Awards and win a prestigious Herald Angel Award in Edinburgh. In 2020 Bossy Bottom was filmed and internationally released on Amazon Prime. Beyond her hosting duties on Queerstralia Zoe has recently made guest appearances on TV screens on Question Everything, The Weekly, Would I Lie To You? (Australia) and Harry Hill’s Clubnite on Channel 4 as well as the Hannah Gadsby Gala at Just For Laughs Montreal.