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Jess Karamjeet


A fresh face on the local comedy circuit after escaping the UK.

Don’t be fooled by Jess Karamjeet's sunny disposition. She’s a master of words and her contradictions. A mixed-race bisexual immigrant with a hidden disability, she fuses personal anecdotes with her signature machine gun delivery.

 Originally from the UK and resident in Auckland since 2019, stand-up and screenwriter Jess is a rising star in the New Zealand comedy circuit and was selected for the NZ Comedy Trust’s ‘Ones To Watch’ showcase 2022.

Her writing credits include soap-operas around the world, and she was one of the brains behind #Chelly (you’re welcome, bi Neighbours fans) - but there’s no make-believe here. Her truth-bomb sets will have you on the edge of your seat.   

Jess’s comedy music duo show ‘GRIEF-SEX-RACE’ – navigating the awkward intersections of her identity while grieving the loss of her dear, departed dad - ran at the curated Q Theatre for Auckland Fringe Festival 2022 to rave reviews and picked up the Auckland Fringe PANNZ Touring Award. 

She has gigged around the UK, with the likes of BBC Comedy 2021 Winner Anna Thomas and Mock the Week's Ben Norris, as well as at Edinburgh Fringe. 

In 2023, her solo show 'Redundant Neighbours Writer Does Stand-Up' hits the Melbourne International Comedy Festival - with more shows to follow.    

As well as traditional stand-up, and having first slayed at the age of 16 as Sandy in Grease, she’ll occasionally pull out a guitar and serenade you with sass.  


WINNER: GRIEF-SEX-RACE - Auckland Fringe 2022 Touring Award.

WINNER: YeahNah! Comedy Competition 2022.