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Celeste Barber: Backup Dancer

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Hailed as the “Australian Queen of Comedy,” Celeste's original celebrity parody Instagram account has attracted over 9.5 million followers, including Reese Witherspoon, Amy Schumer, Chelsea Handler, Cindy Crawford and Tom Ford, whom she collaborated with in 2018 on his Boys and Girls beauty campaign. Celeste won the ‘Funniest Lady on Instagram’ Award 2017 on WhoHaha.com, a digital platform co-founded by actor, director, and producer Elizabeth Banks, showcasing women in comedy worldwide. In 2019, she was included in Variety Magazine’s prestigious ‘Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch’ Awards.

A MICF Raw Comedy state finalist for her sold-out Sydney Comedy and Fringe Festivals shows in 2015, Celeste’s one-woman show, Celeste Barber Challenge Accepted! premiered in Sydney in June 2017 and has gone on to three sell-out seasons in the US. In 2019 Celeste Barber Challenge Accepted! performed at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. Her New York show at The Gramercy was recorded for her first Showtime special before continuing with a sell-out debut season in the UK and Europe. Her show then returned to Australia and New Zealand in September 2019. Celeste toured Australia, New Zealand, the US and Europe in 2022 and 2023 with her stand-up show Celeste Barber: Fine, Thanks. Celeste finished her tour with specially filmed performances at the iconic Sydney Opera House, released on Netflix in 2023.

Celeste’s memoir, Challenge Accepted!, was released in Australia in September 2018, with a UK release shortly after. Challenge Accepted! was shortlisted for the ABIA 2019 Biography Book of The Year. Her US version of the book was released in 2019, with foreign rights following in France, Germany, Russia and Poland.

Her many guest appearances include Jimmy Kimmel Live! with Jimmy Kimmel, Interview with Andrew Denton, Lights Out with David Spade, The Wendy Williams Show, HARRY! with Harry Connick Jr, The Project, The Today Show, The Morning Show along with coverage from national and international media outlets and radio networks.

Celeste starred in the Netflix series Wellmania, inspired by Brigid Delaney’s novel Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness. Other credits include her comedy series #CelesteChallengeAccepted and The Way We Wore, a documentary series exploring the evolution of Australian fashion for ABC. She also appeared in the award-winning ABC/Netflix series The Letdown as the straight-shooting, no-frills, confident mum, Barb. She will appear in Binge’s Colin From Account S2 and new Australian features, See Pictures’ Runt and Like A Photon’s animation The Last Tiger.

In early 2020, Celeste used her platform to raise $52 million for the NSW RFS during Australia’s most devastating bushfire season. She also hosted the Fire Fight Australia event, which raised more funds to help those affected by the fires.