Grace Tame shocks with unexpected move: 'Pretty big deal'

Former Australian of the Year Grace Tame is set to appear at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on Sunday.

Ms Tame’s appearance at the festival was confirmed by Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp during an appearance on Studio 10 on Monday morning.

“Comedy really does showcase so many people and issues. I did see Grace last week and I was actually surprised when she told me she was going to be part of the comedy festival,” Ms Capp said, adding the 27-year-old has "a very sharp wit".

Grace Tame.
Grace Tame will appear at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on Sunday. Source: AAP

“She has some amazing insights and I am looking forward to supporting Grace as she takes on comedy in the same amazing way that she has taken on so many other amazing roles more recently.”

Appearing as a part of political podcast line-up

Ms Tame is listed on the line-up for Sunday, set to appear as a part of the political comedy podcast A Rational Fear hosted by comedian Dan Ilic and Lewis Hobba.

She will appear on the panel alongside a series of guests including Gabbi Bolt from the Chaser, comedian Dane Simpson, DJ Andrew McClelland, and comedian and writer Alice Fraser.

It's a new venture for Ms Tame, who is best known for her advocacy for sexual assault victims and her tireless work resulting in the overturning of Tasmanian laws preventing survivors from speaking out.

Entertainment reporter Peter Ford spoke to 6PR's Mark Gibson on Monday calling the former Australian of the Year's appearance a “pretty big deal”.

“She’s highly intelligent,” he said.

“I’m imagining that her comedy is not going to involve the horrible serious subject that she’s so devoted to, which is about protecting children.

“I can’t imagine that is going to be part of the routine, but good luck to her.”

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