Tessa Waters

Producer | Director | Comedian | Writer | Mentor

Image by Stephanie Wood from Frankie Magazine article 2015

Image by Stephanie Wood from Frankie Magazine article 2015

Tessa Waters is a multi award winning comedian, actor and writer and mentor with a decade of experience in creating acclaimed comedy, theatre and short films which have played to sell-out crowds around Australia and the UK.

In 2017 she launched her own mentorship program(see image below) with the most recent achievement being The Travelling Sisters winning Best Comedy at Melbourne Fringe Awards 2017.

She is a committee member on the Moosehead Award Panel and was on the selection committee for the 2018 award round.

Her previous work includes; WOMANz, which broke records at the 2014 Melbourne Fringe being the first show ever to WIN three awards in one night, OVER PROMISES, which was NOMINATED for Best International Show at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2017 and most recently FULLY SIK which WON the Best Comedy Weekly Award at Adelaide Fringe 2017 and has just been filmed as a full hour special for ABC’s Comedy Next Gen series 2, due to go to air in December 2017. In 2015 she was touted in the TOP 5 Hottest New Things in Comedy by the Sydney Morning Herald for her MICF season.

All this off the back of being voted in the TOP 10 character shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2014 (Laugh Out London) and completing a year of training at the prestigious Philippe Gaulier School(France) in Clown and Theatre 2014.

 Awards and Nominations

Fully Sik

WINNER: Best Comedy Weekly Award Adelaide Fringe 2017

Over Promises

NOMINATED: Best International Show - NZ Comedy Festival 2017


WINNER: Best Comedy Weekly Award Adelaide Fringe 2015

WINNER: Most Outstanding Comedy Melbourne Fringe 2014

WINNER: SA Tour Ready Award Melbourne Fringe 2014

WINNER: WA Tour Ready Award Melbourne Fringe 2014

NOMINATED: Best Cabaret Performer Green Room Awards 2015

How to be a Rockstar

NOMINATED Best Kids show Fringe World 2016

NOMINATED Best Kids show Fringe World 2017

Fringe Wives Club

NOMINATED Best Cabaret Melbourne Fringe 2017

NOMINATED Best Newcomer Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017

NOMINATED Best Cabaret Fringe World 2017


“A real force of nature…you are sure to leave on an elated high” Steve Bennett Chortle

“Waters is incredibly funny” ★★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald

“Waters is a thunderstorm of sketch and improv” The Music.com ★★★★½

“Undisputed Queen of Stupidity...She has the charisma of Elvis, funniest show I've ever seen!"” ★★★★★ Stars Broadway Baby

 “Waters is the most-free performer I have ever seen, must see physical comedy” ★★★★★ Stars Funny Women

 “I left giggling and my cheeks hurting from laughing so hard” ★★★★★Across the Arts

 “The best physical comedy I have ever seen, a fully sick show” ★★★★★ Radio Adelaide

 “The stupidest most delightful performance you will see all year” ★★★★½ Stars Clothesline.com

“To explain exactly what this performance entails is quite impossible, what I can tell you is Tessa Waters will make you laugh till you cry” ★★★★ Great Scott Media

“This powerhouse performer smashes through the stage, the fourth wall and straight into the audiences faces” ★★★★½ Stars The Australian Times

"Her charm and presence covers every inch of the venue and it is impossible not to be entranced by it" ★★★★★ Stars Glam Adelaide

"This show deserves as many stars as there are sequins on her pants" ★★★★★  AussieTheatre.com


Photographer: Kate Pardey

Festival: Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016