Comedy Festivals

It has been an enormous pleasure to co-write five successful Melbourne Comedy Festival shows with the superbly talented comedian and character actress Marney McQueen.


Marney McQueen makes her Spiegeltent debut for her brand new show Hair to the Throne, garnering a  glowing review from the Herald Sun. Next stop: the Adelaide Cabaret Festival!

hair to the throne


In this fresh and hilarious cabaret, the ever-surprising triple threat Marney McQueen spills the dirt from behind the theatrical curtain. As a leading lady in the two big gay musicals Hairspray and Priscilla, this single girl felt like a juicy rump steak at a vegan BBQ. Trading men and mating for sequins and showboys, here is the musical story of a globe-trotting starlet who found no Sex in the Cities. Not a sausage. Hot-on-the-heels of sell-out character cabaret shows in Melbourne, Sydney, London, Edinburgh and New York, Marney presents her first-ever Australian cabaret show as herself… with a little help from Rosa Waxoffski and friends.


RED, HOT & ROSA (2011)

Border Security officer Karen Barnes sings the virtues of sending kids to Christmas Island, mum-to-be Annabel shows off her new Bugaboo, and Rosa shares her personal celebrity success stories – waxing Julia Gillard’s red carpet, Anna Bligh’s disaster area and vajazzling Kate Middleton with Diana’s diamonds.



Marney McQueen introduces a swag of new characters, including overzealous border security officer Karen Barnes, Gallipoli-crashing backpacker Damo, carbon neutral bride Annabel Victoria Winters-Smythe, and celebrity mother of a Balinese drug smuggler, Raelene Dreggs. In Act II, Rosa the Russian Beautician dishes celebrity dirt, hosts a game of Perfect Match-ski, and wows the masses with her anthem Honour Your Bikini.


Meet Rosa the Russian Beautician, waxer to the stars. Rosa spills the goss on giving the US President a Barack, Sack and Crack wax, and tells of her tragic marriage to Igor – who fled to the hills with her brother, Ian Thorpski, and inspired the hit Russian film You Broke My Back in the Mountains.

Rosa Waxes Lyrical debuted at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and then travelled to the Edinburgh Festival, where it received several glowing five-star reviews.



“McQueen is an improv queen of formidable wit and speed, spinning utterances from patrons into crowd-rousing comic gold.” Jim Schembri, Herald Sun

“An original and beautifully trashy parody” The Age

”This fierce, crazy, sexy, all-singing, advice-dispensing, eyebrow-shaping and full-body depilation expert is a force to be reckoned with!” The Age

“They come along rarely, like diamonds in coal dust, glittering in all the darkness… a perfectly formed comedic character with all the edges polished and rounded, the intonations and inflexions practiced until they are flawless and have the impact and presence of a high yield, nuclear detonation – 5 STARS“, Edinburgh Guide

“Rosa is impeccable, providing her audience with hilarious character-driven comedy in truly captivating cabaret style. So if you enjoy song and dance, sexually irreverent humour and more euphemisms for a Brazilian wax than you ever imagined do not miss Rosa Waxes Lyrical”, Inside Out Australia

“Marney Mc Queen is a true chameleon entertainer… she has the potential to be a leader in the next generation of brilliant one-person show performers”, Jacki Weaver

“She has the goods”, Barry Humphries

Rump Steak at a Vegan BBQ