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Is This Thing On? by Zoe Coombs Marr


THEMES: Comedy, Indentity, Growth
CHARACTER AGES: 16, 22, 27, 35, 60
Length: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members

“‘Is This Thing On?’ draws on Coombs Marr’s experience in and observations of the comedy scene. Is it funny? Yes it is,..


Brianna is a stand-up comedian. This is her life: an unfortunate name, a boring childhood, slow self-realisation, a late coming-out. Drink. Standing in smelly rooms with strange men who all tell the same jokes. Vomiting on stage. Carrying on anyway. Is there a reason? Probably not — just a way of coping with your own mediocrity. Whose life is this anyway?

Production History

Is This Thing On? was first produced by Belvoir, premiering downstairs at the Belvoir Street Theatre on October 4, 2014.

Published as part of Downstairs at Belvoir — Volume 2 alongside Cinderella by Matthew Whittet and This Heaven by Nakkiah Lui

ISBN: 978 1 925338 20 1

Additional information

Weight 0.250 kg


"The script itself is hilarious — both in the good comedy and in the well-executed comedy failure — and perfectly crafted, with every piece of narrative from the five performances slotting into place."

Daily Review

"...an extraordinary thing."

The Australian

"Laugh-out-loud funy."

Sydney Morning Herald

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