Jane Postlethwaite is a Cumbrian Comedian, Writer, Actor and Voice over.
Inspired by northern humour, dark themes, feminism and interesting characters she has created multimedia, audience interactive, thought-provoking and comedic work to make you laugh, cry laughing and think about what you cried laughing at for days after.
Jane is a Funny Women Awards Finalist 2015 and a Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Award Finalist 2015.
Her first character show was 'Made in Cumbria' and had a sold out run at Brighton Fringe between 2015-2016. It was nominated for two Brighton Fringe awards - the Latest Comedy Award and for the Audience Choice Award.
Her multimedia character comedy shows between 2015-2017 were ‘Made in Cumbria’ and ‘The House’ both went to Brighton & Edinburgh Fringe.
She ran a successful comedy night called the Bad Book Project based in Brighton for three years between 2015-2018.
Her work for Brighton Fringe 2018 was called, ‘Last night at the Circus’. Touching on raw themes of mental health, suicide and self help, Last Night at the Circus is a gut wrenching yet hilarious one woman multimedia show exploring what it means to sabotage your own success set in a dystopian yet breathtaking Circus landscape.
The aim of the show was to spark conversations long after you've seen her work. This new show took place at Brighton Fringe 2018 in The Warren's Theatre Box gaining 4 and 5 star reviews.
She was recently heard on the Radio 4 comedy drama, 'Almost like being in love' written by Catriona Knox and produced by Caroline Raphael. The play stars Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones and Moorside) and Rosie Cavaliero (Hunderby and Midsomer Murders). Also, one of her comedy characters was featured on the Jo Neary Radio 4 show called ‘Inbox’.
In July 2018 she was selected for the BBC New Comedy award heats.
She plays several characters in ‘Don't Worry; It's Only the End of the World’ a post-apocalyptic radio sitcom written by Alfie Shaw available on iTunes.
She co-hosts the Miraculous Cumbria Podcast with fellow comedian and writer Steph Bradshaw. The podcast involves the pair visiting Cumbrian Landmarks and places of interest then talking about them. The Miraculous Cumbria pair recently co-hosted The Friday Showcase show on BBC Radio Cumbria.
The duo paired up to create is ‘Haunted’ which premiered at Brighton Fringe in May 2019 to sell out audiences. The show was a mix of sketches, stand up, audience interaction and theatre.
She is also currently working on ‘Character Building’ a series of character monologues, animations and radio play sketches. This new project includes various women in comedy who are contributing with writing and performance.
She is also working on two new comedy shows for Brighton Fringe 2020. Her one woman show is ‘L’Assassin’ a dark and hilarious show about female assassins and her other show is a shared hour of stand up comedy with comedian Joe McCarthy - name/venue TBC.
If you want to learn with Jane, she runs a handful of comedy writing, character and women's workshops across the UK and abroad. She set up the Cumbria School of Comedy in 2019, works with charities to get comedy to help mental health and runs women’s comedy workshops in Manchester. See the education and workshops page to sign up for a workshop near you.