Turning Pain into Punchlines at the Sydney Comedy Festival

Comedian Annisa B discusses how she channels her battle with endometriosis into humour in her show “My Vagina Tried to Kill Me!” on 2SER Breakfast.

Australian comedian and actress Annisa B shines a light on a painful medical condition that affects nearly one million Australian women and AFAB individuals—endometriosis.

“There is nothing more rewarding than finding a funny joke with the fact that you’ve been on the floor for several hours and couldn’t move,” she said.

Annisa hopes to open up the conditions of endometriosis and adenomyosis for education and laughs.

“Endometriosis would be like a serial killer that likes (…) to put their bodies outside the home, down the backyard, across borders,” she said. “Adenomyosis likes to bury the bodies in the walls. So it creates lesions inside the uterus itself.”

Her diagnosis took about 17 years, above the seven to 10 years average.

“For me to shed some light in an hour is an understatement of how many people are suffering out there silently.”

Handling a career in comedy while managing a chronic health condition is no small feat.

“I want to make this clear to everybody out there who is dealing with chronic pain: if you can’t do it all, you don’t have to. And that’s okay.”

Annisa points out that her show is not just for those directly affected by endometriosis. “It is for anyone, anyone that has come in contact with a vagina, come out of a vagina, thought about a vagina, even heard the word vagina,” she said.

“I think there’s something beautiful in sharing pain and turning that into power.”

“It builds a better sense of community. And I think it builds us as better empathetic human beings.”

Catch Annisa B’s show “My Vagina Tried to Kill Me!” from May 15th to May 19th at Manning Bar, with tickets available on the Sydney Comedy Festival website here.

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