INTRODUCING the newest member of the team - Karen From Finance!!

  

"Karen has an obvious star power of her own – leaving the audience in stitches"

-       OUTinPerth 2018 

"...had the audience in the sort of hysterics that nearly required medical assistance."

-       Arts Review 2017

"She’s an established Melbourne icon, and self declared “Queen of Corporate”. "

-       Pop Culture-y.com 2018

 

Karen From Finance is the premiere 'corporate' queen of Melbourne, Australia. She lives alone with her budgie 'Dantè' and enjoys tax time, office-based bonding activities, and invoice archiving. 

After being made redundant from the accounts team at a small pie wholesaler in Geelong, Karen From Finance has since moved to the big smoke to become a real team player here in Melbourne. Make her feel welcome! CC her in on an email. Heck, BCC her if you must! Karen From Finance will always Reply To All. Specialising in BAS statements, Payroll Systems, and Accounts Payable, Karen From Finance takes her role in your office very seriously. She will not leave a Manilla folder unturned. Board meeting? No worries! Karen has your minutes taken! The office fridge will never run out of milk, not with Karen From Finance around. Karen celebrates her New Years on July 1st each year, and isn't shy of the odd Friday night after-work drink with the ladies. Her weaknesses include the ATO, Revolver, cute temps from the Agency and conjoined paper clips. So long as you don't pinch her stapler without asking, Karen From Finance really is a good time gal. Take your chats further than the water cooler and buy her a stiff drink. You never know - she could be the one to help you out with your next promotion!!

In both 2017 and 2018 Karen From Finance took off to the United States of America where she was featured at RuPaul’s Drag Con in LA and was booked on panels along side Season 1 Winner Bebe Zahara Benet and the hosts of Drag Race Thailand Art Arya and Pangina Heals. Karen has continued on to headline shows in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, and November 2017 saw Karen From Finance headlining the Austin International Drag Festival in Texas along side the likes of Milk, Latrice Royale and the UK’s Cheddar Gorgeous. Karen is looking forward to returning to RuPaul’s Drag Con LA in May 2019 where she will be doing her first feature performance on the main stage at the convention.

 This ‘Queen of Corporate’ is a regular at hosting contestants from the smash hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race at special events by inthedark entertainment, as well as their exclusive DRAG FEST tours which have included season winners Trixie Mattel, Sasha Velour, Aquaria, Alaska Thunderfuck, Violet Chachki, Jinkx Monsoon, Trinity The Tuck, Sharon Needles, Bob The Drag Queen, Raja and Bebe Zahara Benet.

Karen From Finance is one of the original cast members of Melbourne based cult queer cabaret 'YUMMY'. 'Yummy' premiered the debut full-length show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2017, which saw them awarded Best Ensemble and Best Production in the Cabaret category of the prestigious Melbourne Greenroom Awards. 'Yummy' then took the show to the Perth 'Fringe World' festival as well as the Adelaide Fringe Festival where they received countless 5 star reviews and were nominated for best cabaret in both festivals. 'Yummy' went International in June 2018 at the Right Royal Cabaret Festival in New Plymouth - New Zealand, and most recently debut at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland where they again received multiple 5 star reviews and sold out shows. ‘Yummy’ is looking forward to returning to the UK in July 2019 for a 5 week stint at Underbelly’s Southbank Festival in London.

Karen co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred in the full-length independent production ‘Karen & Olympia On Ice’ with Olympia Bukkakis in early 2015, the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival hit ‘Les N Mis’ with Dean Arcuri, as well as the 2017 Adelaide Fringe show ‘Mary’s Divas’, and is currently producing her first ever debut one-woman-show ‘Out Of Office’ which will be touring Australia and New Zealand in September 2019 presented by InTheDark.

 

CORPORATE RELATIONSHIPS

Westpac Banking Corporation, ANZ Banking Corporation, Telstra, RealEstate.com, Bond Street Dental, Dan Murphy’s, Myer,

 

MAJOR EVENT HISTORY

2019

Sydney Mardi Gras - Parade and Opening Party MC

 

2018

 Midsumma Festival

  • 'Summer Treats' by Yummy

  • Midsumma Carnival - Main Stage Performance and Dog Show

Fringeworld Perth - 'Yummy' Drag Cabaret - Nominated Best Cabaret

Adelaide Fringe Festival - 'Yummy' Drag Cabaret - Winner Best Cabaret Week 1

Right Royal Cabaret Festival New Zealand - 'Yummy' Drag Cabaret

Provocarè Festival – Club Provocarè by Dead Man Label

Edinburgh Fringe Festival – ‘Yummy’ Drag Cabaret

Edinburgh International Festival – Club Cummings

Broken Heel Festival Headliner – Broken Hill NSW

Brisbane International Arts Festival – ‘Yummy’ Drag Cabaret

Melbourne Fringe Festival – Wolfe & Wilde at the Festival Hub

Cairns Pride Festival – Headliner

Canberra Pride Festival – SpringOut MC and headliner

  

2017

Austin International Drag Festival - Headliner

Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music [Dandy Minion] - Melbourne Festival

Melbourne Fringe Festival - After Hours Cabaret

Broken Heel Festival Headliner – Broken Hill NSW

Melbourne International Writer’s Festival – Queer Salon

Due West Festival of Immersive Arts – ‘Wild West’ by Yummy

Provocarè Festival – ‘Little Death Club’ by Dead Man Label

Melbourne International Comedy Festival – ‘Yummy’ Feature Show

Midsumma Festival:

  • ‘Summer Treats’ - by Yummy

  • ‘Drag A Thon’ – Successful Guiness World Record Attempt by The 86

  • ‘Queers of Comedy’ – by Kirsty Webeck

  • ‘Auto Bio Queen’ – by Natasha Jynel

Adelaide Fringe Festival:

  • ‘Mary’s Divas’ by Karen From Finance and company

  • ‘Seen & Heard’ by Becky Lou

  • ‘Club Briefs’ by Briefs

  • Fringe Club performances with Yummy

 

2016

 Melbourne International Comedy Festival:

  • ‘Yummy’ Feature Show

  • ‘Les N Mis’ by Karen From Finance & Dean Arcuri

  • Haus Party at the Festival Hub Bar at Max Watt’s

Midsumma Festival Main Stage solo performance

Perth ‘Fringe World’ Festival Award Nominated – ‘Machè’ with Ginava

 

2015

Melbourne Fringe Festival:

  • ‘Seen and Heard’ with Becky Lou and company.

  • ‘CULT’ by Geoffrey Masters

Melbourne International Comedy Festival:

  • ‘North Side Story’ with Geoffrey Masters

  • ‘Edge’ with Isabel Angus & Rachel Davis

 

 2014

Melbourne Fringe Festival:

  • ‘North Side Story’ with Geoffrey Masters