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Mary Coustas

Mary Coustas 'as Effie'

Adored by all, Mary Coustas has embraced us with her humour and style for many years. Famously known as ‘Effie’, Mary is a Logie Award-winning actor, comedian and writer.

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Testimonials for Mary Coustas 'as Effie'

Just a quick note to thank you for participating in the hypothetical last week. We were very happy with how things went.

AAV Business Comm.


Thanks so much!! We had an awesome day and Mary made it all the more successful – she was a huge hit.

Senior Mktg Exec Adshel


Please once again pass our thanks on to Mary for coming down to the lunch. Mission Australia feedback has been fantastic - this is the first time all the kids have left something and been enthused. They thought the whole day was great and absolutely loved Effie. Hopefully if the message has got through to even one of these kids it was worth all the effort.

Macquarie Bank Ltd


Just a quick informal note to say Mary did a fantastic job! She was the perfect host for our purposes and she has helped in a big way to make the entire expo a huge success. As a Marketing Comms consultant, I move around many companies and I will not hesitate to suggest to use Mary again.

Joanna Cody, ANZ Expo


My personal thanks and appreciation to Mary for a great, inspirational presentation. Enjoyed by all in attendance. Mary is a lovely, lovely person and I was pleased to have the opportunity to hear her speak and also to meet her personally afterwards.

L.J. Hooker


“Everything went so well at the conference. “Effie" was awesome – she was an absolute hit with everybody!"

Fernwood Women's Health


Wow – what a night! The feedback from guests and staff has been absolutely incredible. Your comical anecdotes were a great hit and your banter with Larry was very entertaining. I can't begin to thank you for your contribution in making our Client Appreciation Party a night that will be remembered for many years to come.

Australia Post


Your presence and the comedy spot you delivered were instant hits with our clients and staff members alike. We are still in awe of the way in which you spiced up the information we gave you and delivered it with such aplomb.

Minter Ellison Lawyers


I would like to thank you for your participation in the National Conference - Quest for Excellence - which contributed to the success of the event.

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Mary Coustas 'as Effie''s Biography

Mary is the star of Out of Work, Acropolis Now, Wogarama, Hercules Returns and Greeks on the Roof, to name but a few. An icon of Australian comedy, she has won two awards for Best Comedy Performer, a Logie Award as voted by the Australian public and a Variety Heart Award from her industry peers. She is one of Australia's best-loved character actors and comics.


Her new show 'A Corporate Date with Effie' is sure to lighten up any corporate event as she shares her views on selling yourself in a dog-eat-dog world, pursuing what you desire and closing the deal in her inimitable style.


Also an extremely talented master of ceremonies and compere, Effie the Greek Hair-Gel Goddess will have your audience falling off their chairs with laughter. She's also superb at building staff self-esteem, corporate dinners, awards nights, hypotheticals, and debates.


Mary Coustas began her performing career with the innovative Handspan Theatre in Melbourne. An invitation to join the cast of Wogs out of Work saw her create her own characters including the inspirational Effie. Confronting Anglo Saxons (Skips) with the own prejudices, Wogs out of Work became the most successful original Australian theatre show ever produced, breaking box office records and touring nationally for over two years.


The show's phenomenal success led to five seasons of the hit TV sitcom series Acropolis Now in which Mary played Effie Stephanides, the Greek hairdresser who stole the show with her big mouth and refusal to take lip from anyone.


From there Mary went on to star in Wog-A-Rama, Waiting for Effie - her one-woman show - and the critically acclaimed Effie X-Posed. In 1998 she performed in the comedy Sylvia for the Melbourne Theatre Company, which received rave reviews. The same year she also hosted the Australian Film Institute Awards.


Mary and Effie's other numerous television appearances include Effie Just Quietly (SBS), Good Guys Bad Guys, Water Rats, Wildside, the animated film The Magic Pudding, the documentary The Ties That Bind, a guest appearance on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Australian host of the Eurovision Song Contest, and regular roles on Grass Roots and The Secret Life of Us.


Mary wrote and performed her own TV show Greeks on The Roof based on Effie's family home TV studio. As Effie has so much to say, Mary allowed her to write a book, Effie's Guide To Being Up Yourself. Effie also worked on Melbourne's FOX FM breakfast team and recorded the hit single Amigos Para Siempre (Friends for Life) with Norman Gunston. Her film credits include Nirvana Street Murder, Hercules Returns and Mull for which she received an AFI nomination for Best Supporting Actress.


Mary Coustas has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Performing Arts with a sub major of Journalism and has many stage and screen credits to her name. A quiet achiever, she donates a great deal of herself for her many chosen causes.


Speaking Topics Include

  • Master of Ceremonies


  • Comedy


  • A Corporate Date With Effie (hilarious comedy routine)

  • Lighten up any corporate event with Australia's iconic, hilarious & up-herself high flyer. This Logie award winning legend will make your corporate occasion unforgettable with her new comedy routine, 'A Corporate Date with Effie'. Be entertained, informed and uplifted about the things that drive us all to succeed: selling yourself in a dog eat dog world, pursuing what you desire, and closing the deal, in a way that only Effie's humour and honesty can deliver.


  • It's all about Me!

  • Effie is the Logie award winning creation of Mary Coustas, an actress and writer. Her beloved character of Effie became a cultural phenomenon after the success of Wogs Out of Work. The social significance of that theatre show gave birth to a many more: Acropolis Now, Wogarama, Waiting for Effie, Effie Just Quietly, Greeks on the Roof.


  • The Effie Effect

  • Whether it’s staff self-esteem building, corporate dinners, awards nights, community uplifting, boardroom bonding, hypotheticals, debates or government bureaucratic finessing — whatever. Effie can be a mouthpiece, your soldier, a corporate and social carbonator extraordinaire. The long-term benefits are there for you to gain from. She can be yours for a price.