A woman in a red and white polka-dot dress holds a photo of two teenage children. They look embarrassed.

The Cool Mum

Comedy • Interactive
New Zealand • Australian Premiere

An award-winning comedy show that's sold out around NZ!  Bring your Mum, your teens and your Gran - to get cool the Jo Ghastly way! Jo ’s expertise comes from being a self-proclaimed “Cool Mum” (seriously, Jo is on TikTok so you know she's got the credentials!)

Nominated Breakthrough Comedian 2020 NZ Comedy Guild Awards.  ‘The Cool Mum’ won Best Solo Show and Audience Favourite Show at Nelson Fringe Festival 2020.  Best Line-up Show, Most Sold-out Shows and Spirit of the Fringe Christchurch Comedy Carnival 2019.  Jo has also kept two babies alive until adulthood.  

“Fantastic story-teller…Side- splitting videos” Backstage Christchurch. “Hilarious” Theatreview. “I wish you were my mum” Most Comedians. “I wish you weren’t my mum” Jo’s kids. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  “I’m very proud” Jo’s Mum.

Presented by: Jo Ghastly

Jo is a NZ based comedian, improviser and actor. By day she works as a psychiatrist, author and film producer.

Previous career highlights include being a Canterbury 3ZB cheerleader last century and being typecast on stage and screen as everyone’s neurotic mother. Comedy provides welcome relief from peri-menopausal mood swings and the tortures of parenting teenagers.

Jo’s debut solo comedy show “The Cool Mum” won Best Solo Show and Audience Favourite Show at the Nelson Fringe Festival 2020 and was programmed in the 2022 NZ International Comedy Festival. Jo was nominated for Breakthrough Comedian (S.I.) at The NZ Comedy Guild 2020 Awards

Jo also performs regularly with improvisation troupe Impulse Theatre. Recent screen roles feature film “The Stolen" and "The Adam and Eve show".

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