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George McEncroe

George McEncroe is a versatile performer, MC, facilitator and comedian. George has been part of many successful breakfast radio programs, written many articles for print and has made many appearances on television. A great all-rounder, George engages her audiences with humour and character.

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George McEncroe Travels from VIC
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George McEncroe's Biography

George McEncroe came late to her career in media and comedy, and is able to deal with serious issues sensitively, finding humor often in the darkest of circumstances.

 

From starting a new business, creating an award-winning Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, or collecting testimonies for the War Crimes Tribunal Georgina McEncroe has done it all..

 

It’s a tough schedule for a single mum with four kids and working four part-time jobs but right from the beginning, George has cared. She started her career working with young people diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

 

After graduating from Monash University as a teacher, George taught English in Istanbul. When she returned, George began working with her friend Helen Durham, who is now director of International Law and Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross. They interviewed women from former Yugoslavia about their war experiences – testimonies that were later tendered to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. As a direct result, rape officially became a war crime.

 

George also taught english and worked as a welfare coordinator at Ivanhoe Grammar. She still teaches at College of Events Management specializing in Pitching and Presentations and she teaches Comedy Workshops with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

 

At 34 George, wanted to do stand-up comedy however thought she was a suburban mum who’d left it a little too late. A couple of years later, she was nominated for best newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. A couple of years after that, she started one of several stints in the harshest comedy market of all – the breakfast shift on commercial radio.

 

George parlayed her stand-up gigs into a career as a writer and broadcaster. You might have read her op-eds and articles for The Age, Mamamia, The Herald Sun, and The Big Issue, or her book chapters in Mothermorphisis, She’s Having a Laugh, Women of Letters, Kitchen Table Memoirs, Slow Guide to Melbourne, and Listening to The Silences: Women and war. You might have seen her on the telly – Spicks and Specks, The Circle, and Can of Worms. Or you might have heard her on Triple M Brisbane, Triple M’s Get This, ABC 774, ABC RN, Gold FM, Kiss FM, 3AW, Triple R, and various podcasts like Meshel Laurie’s Nitty Gritty Committee.


If you asked George what she was most proud of, she’d probably say coaching the Fitzroy Junior Football Club or her daughter’s basketball team. Or one of the various school committees, mentoring young people, or MCing weddings.

 

George however is most proud of Shebah, which is now operating in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and Geelong. Two things inspired her to create Shebah. Firstly, she was recently divorced, and looking for ways to add to her income. Secondly, George was worried because her eldest daughter and her friends did not feel safe in either taxis or ride-share cars. They were walking home from parties because they didn’t want to get into a stranger’s car.

 

Over the past twelve months, George has also spoken at parliamentary enquiries and met with various transport ministers to plead the case for safe, legal, female-only ride-share service.

 

As George tells it, she was hauling wet clothes out of the washing machine when she thought, “I wish there was a female-only rideshare service.” At the same time, she thought, “I wish someone else would hang out the washing.”

 

But George has never waited for “someone else” to do something. So she hung out the washing. And then she trudged back inside and started what is now Australia’s leading ride sharing service for women and children.

 

George McEnroe took a long time to find her 'true calling' of writing, public speaking and performance. She is able to deal with serious issues sensitively and has always been able to find humour in the darkest of circumstances.

 

George McEnroe is a versatile performer and is available as an MC, facilitator and for stand up performances. As a keynote speaker she shares her unique journey as an entertainer, single mum, entrepreneur and passion for women’s rights.