Heta  DAWSON - comedian

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One of the South Island's finest is coming to Auckland for the HA! festival.

Jo is a Ōtautahi /Christchurch based comedian, improviser and actor.  By day she works as a psychiatrist and author.

Previous career highlights include being a Canterbury 3ZB cheerleader last century and being typecast on stage and screen as everyone’s neurotic mother.  Comedy provides welcome relief from peri-menopausal mood swings and the tortures of parenting teenagers. 

Jo’s debut solo comedy show “The Cool Mum” won Best Solo Show and Audience Favourite Show at the Nelson Fringe Festival 2020.   Jo was nominated for Breakthrough Comedian (S.I.) at The NZ Comedy Guild 2020 Awards.  Her trio show “Transitions” was programmed in the 2020 NZ International Comedy Festival.

Jo also performs regularly with improvisation troupe Impulse Theatre.  Recent screen appearances include feature film “The Stolen” and TV’s “Adam and Eve Show”.


I wish you were my Mum “- Most comedians

I wish you weren’t my Mum” - Jo’s kids