Claire Hooper

Last Updated
Mar 30th, 2009
Contributed by
Dominica Malcolm
5th September, 1976

Claire Hooper's introduction to comedy started with improvisation with The Big Hoo Haa in Perth, 2003, before she moved into the stand up circuit, and won the WA State Raw Comedy Finals in 2004.

From then on Claire's career skyrocketed pretty quickly. In 2005 she was selected to appear as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival's Comedy Zone, had her first television appearance on Rove Live, was the Best and Fairest winner at the National Improvisation championships, and even had a radio show on RTRFM in Perth called "Hanging with Missy Hooper."

Every year has been another step up for Claire, with 2006 being the year of her first solo comedy show, "Oh," performed in both Melbourne and Edinburgh, as well as being part of "The Dead Set" with fellow Perth comedians Xavier Micheledes and Andrew Horabin. She was nominated for a Best Newcomer award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, switched from RTR to Nova radio and appeared in a short film Some Dreams Come True playing Susan.

After more TV appearances on Rove Live and thecomedychannel, a comedy debate for channel ten, appearing on Jean Kittson's team for the "Is Propaganda a Dying Art?" debate at the Perth International Arts Festival in 2007 and another solo show, "Showgirl", Claire landed a regular spot on ABC's "The Sideshow" alongside Paul McDermott. This paved way for her to be Julie McCrossin's replacement as a team leader with channel ten's revival of Good News Week during the Hollywood writer's strike in 2008, which continues to air in 2009.

Though she was now appearing in Good News Week, Claire still performed her third solo show "Storybook" in Melbourne, Adelaide and Darwin, and returns in 2009 with "Forget Your Troubles C'mon Get Hoopsy."