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Jean
Kittson

A rapier wit.

Profile

Jean Kittson is an author, public speaker, actor, comedian and scriptwriter.

Jean came to national attention on ABC TV’s, 'The Big Gig', followed by Let the Blood Run Free, Kittson Fahey, Good News Week, the Glasshouse, Flat Chat, The Einstein Factor, and many more. She is also known for her comedy debates for the ABC, Channel 9 and Channel 10.

Current Work:

Jean is a regular panellist on ABC 702 radio’s, Thank God It’s Friday and also a regular on Today Extra, Nine Network.

She has conversed three times on ABC Radio’s Conversations, twice with Richard Fidler and once with Sarah Kanowski. She has presented twice for Women of Letters and was invited to speak about menopause at the National Press Club.

She has been a regular columnist with New Weekly, Sunday Telegraph, the Sydney Morning Herald, Inspire Magazine and the Readers Digest Health Smart Magazine.

She is the author of three books, Tongue Lashing and You’re still hot to me, the joys of menopause - reviewed as “…the definitive book on menopause I recommend to all my patients” and has contributed to many others.

Her latest book, We need to talk about mum and dad was published in March 2020 by Pan Macmillan and was in the Top 10 best sellers list.

She is currently the Patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia, and an Ambassador for the Macular Disease Foundation, the Australian Gynaecological Foundation, the Raise Foundation Youth Mentoring and Taldumande Youth Services.

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One of the great debaters - superb delivery from extensively researched material. A lady and comedian of the highest order - witty, sensuous and clever. Goldwell Cosmetics

What a brilliant performance! Not only did you contribute a creative address but you did so with charm and good manner.

Housing Industry Association

Jean was fantastic - she really contributed to the debate and I appreciated the extra time and effort she kindly gave to ensure the event was a success.

Guardian Pharmacy

Jean was absolutely fabulous - well prepared, well researched, well presented. Oh and she stole the hearts of about 100 guys.

LME Downunder

Jean's vibrant personality, affable nature and wonderful zest for life make her a fantastic speaker and personality. She has many 'fans' present and they couldn't get enough of her. She was willing to please and open to everything we suggested.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of SA & NT Inc.

Jean Kittson's presentation was a sensational performance and captivated the entire audience.

CSL Limited

Jean is just the best speaker - not only her expression but her humour.

Law Office Management Group Inc. (NSW)

Jean was great. She prepared herself well and read the group well - very professional and very funny.

RAC

Jean was incredible! The audience absolutely loved her performance. She was truly professional and read the audience well.

Aged Care Queensland

Jean was well prepared and delvered a witty, engaging and entertaining performance.

Electric Cement

Jean obviously puts in a great deal of time and effort into her presentations - she was able to entertain an extremely varied group of people with her humour.

Bass Hotels and Resorts

Jean was absolutely outstanding. She researched the topic with great thoroughness and was really able to target her presentation to her audience. Intelligent, perceptive and witty and managed to put a light-hearted view but insightful spin on some difficult issues.

Young Irrigation Network

Jean Kittson was a terrific guest speaker & the audience thoroughly enjoyed her performance.

East Gippsland Institute of Tafe

Very few comedians would take the time to research an organisation as thoroughly as Jean did. Her efforts were well rewarded by a very appreciative audience. That is when they could stop laughing to do so!

Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria

Fantastic! Dynamic! Amazing! A real star! Jean created a script and is a lovely and accommodating lady. She was perfect as a representative of Aherns: articulate, intelligent and gorgeous!

Aherns

Jean was amazing, she managed to make a very technical and dry topic entertaining with her anecdotes and comical insights into the every day. She was fantastic!

EAN Australia

Jean was well received by our guests and the evening seemed to flow well with humour and her professionalism.

Master Builders Association of Australia

Ms Kittson is an absolute marvel! She agreed to take on the APSEA 2006 entertainment slot at extremely short notice. As a result, she was given only a very "brief" brief about this newly-emerging and complex industry. Not only did she entertain the audience (in fact, she had them in teary fits) but she presented an industry-relevant segment from an extremely funny and original perspective. She was clearly the highlight of the event. I am impressed with Jean's thorough professionalism - her ability to take on such a difficult task on such short notice is testament to her talent and commitment to her clients. I would have no hesitation recommending Jean - and, indeed, engaging her again myself! She is an outstanding entertainer and a delightful and charming person to boot. Thanks to Saxton's and to Jean for a job well done!

Australian Spatial Information Business Assoc

From the first day, once the strongly male audience had gotten used to a smart female, Jean went from strength to strength. Great to work with and we would recommend whole heartedly.

Waldron Smith Management

Jean was terrific. She is very personable, highly professional, extremely talented and most eager to be involved. Jean showed what a charming and highly intelligent person she is by staying well after her performance and participating in some of our activities the next day notwithstanding that she was accompanied by her children and Husband. Jean was very much appreciated by our delegates. Her booking was an inspiring choice, even if I say so myself.

Bus & Coach Association (NSW)

Jean was absolutely fantastic. She was great with the winners and all attendees both before her stand up and after… she was swamped for autographs. And her standup routine was fantastic again (2nd time round).

East Gippsland Institute of TAFE

I wished to express our thanks and sincere appreciation for your excellent role of Mistress of Ceremonies at our recent National Congress. We have received a number of verbal comments regarding your professionalism as well as how your humour and research added to an overall positive experience of Congress.

BBC Entertainment

She was terrific - perfectly pitched to the audience.

Australian Institute of Company Directors

Jean is a very entertaining and generous speaker. She was very well received by our attendees.

LGMA NSW

The feedback we've received is that your speech is probably the best post-lunch speech that they've had in a long time. That's high praise indeed for a girl! I am sure you knew how well received you were on the day, the response from the audience was unequivocal. It was an absolute pleasure having you here and I hope that you enjoyed the event as well.

Australian Institute of Company Directors

An absolute delight, well researched, polished, accomplished, professional and excellent. Would definitely re-book.

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia

Jean had done her research thoroughly on the insurance business and got many laughs on such things as 'Marine Hull Insurance' which apparently is a mystery to everyone, and the signing of an insurance contract across the kitchen table - it was hysterical. She also included reference to two guys that had done something for charity during the day and referred to them personally and made their day! Absolutely lovely and charming.

The Conference Team

Clever lady.

AMCA (NSW)

Alot of comments received about Jean and her sense of humour. It was obvious that she had done her homework on Elgas and by integrating this into her speeches, got the dinner crowd on side and involved. A great choice for our Awards Night. Kept it moving and entertaining.

Elgas Limited

Jean was highly entertaining and created a personalised routine based on our crowd and their interests. We sent out feedback forms to our delegates and everyone has raved about Jean and how much they enjoyed the entertainment.

AGL

Jean Kittson was a true professional in all aspects - and a lovely lady to boot! As an MC she was perfect for our function, wrapping our audience up in a little cocoon of warmth and humour and creating just the right ambience. Even when there were slight mechanical glitches, Jean smoothly carried on and the audience were none the wiser. Thank you for recommending her.

Australian Family

She was very good, the audience responded really well to her.

Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival

Jean Kittson was delightful to deal with - so willing to help in the pre promotion and diligent in her efforts to ensure she spoke appropriately for our audience!

Youth Literature Festival

Yet again Jean Kittson proved to be entertaining while keeping the crowd under control and working her way through the "must say" items (partners, setting the scene etc.).

Australian Business Arts Foundation

Jean was challenged with a hard topic to facilitate - a topic on airports that she was not accustomed too. Jean not only exceeded our expectations in regards to her professionalism, but her research, humour and presentation were sincerely exceptional. We have only had good feedback, and I know that other airports were thinking the same… thank God for Jean to liven the day up.

Tailored Statements

Jean was very well prepared, pitched her presentation at the right level and was extremely well received by the audience.

Commonwealth Bank

Jean was excellent. The presentation was very entertaining - there was lots of laughter in the room and we have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback.

Sullivan Dewing

Jean Kittson was an absolute pleasure to work with and was very well suited to the event and to our clientele.

Treasury Casino and Hotel

Jean was absolutely OUTSTANDING. She was careful to do her research and cover the core topics and weave in the theme of diversity and inclusion in an engaging, insightful and humorous way. We have had so much terrific feedback - she was the perfect MC for our end of year executive luncheon!

NSW EEO Practitioners' Association

Jean was a wonderful speaker and kept the audience in raucous laughter for the entire time. One of our best speakers and she can be highly recommended. She stayed for the whole event which was a wonderful commitment and she was a delightful person to talk to. Our surveys showed that everyone enjoyed her performance.

Boorowa Tourism & Development (Boorowa Council)

Brilliant ability as an MC - professional, engaging, funny and able to control a rowdy crowd!

Lorick Management

Jean adapted her presentation between Sydney and Kiama. I've never seen the women so engaged and with tears flowing from laughing so much. Jean also got her message across beautifully which allowed other women to open up and feel that they are not alone.

Inspiring Women Kiama

Jean Kittson was fabulous as a speaker. She was humble and very, very generous with her time and also very inclusive to those who she spoke with. Both audiences (Northern Beaches, Sydney & Kiama) loved her and Jean's talk started the discussion and gave them permission to talk about each woman's own personal experience. Most of the feedback forms collected at the event mention how entertaining and informative Jean was, considering the topic Jean nailed it!

Inspiring Women Northern Beaches

Jean Kittson was excellent as the MC on the night of our fundraiser, Bill’s Soiree for a Cure. She kept the audience entertained and had them engaged with all the proceedings in keeping with the theme of the evening. The evening progressed without any hiccups thanks to Jean’s skill and professionalism.

Bill Walsh Cancer Research Labs

On behalf of the entire EVENT hotels crew we thank you so much for being absolutely amazing today! You not only had us all in stitches the whole day but also brilliantly tied in the WHOLE theme of the entire conference! Even with all our last second changes and my stuff up on writing the runner up names in ‘da Vinci code’ order lol!! How you turned it all into a comedy act ...and kept the vibes flowing ...so good! Thank you and we wish you all the very best!

The EVENT team
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