Eurydice Dixons friends launch not-for-profit to honour spirit of her comedy



October 02, 2019 15:16:32

Friends of murdered Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon say a new not-for-profit organisation will help others continue Ms Dixon’s legacy of delivering challenging social commentary.

Key points:

  • Awkward Giraffe is new not-for-profit organisation set up in honour of Eurydice Dixon
  • The organisation was funded using Ms Dixon’s inheritance
  • Friend Kieran Butler said Awkward Giraffe would support «brave» and original comedians

Ms Dixon was killed last year while she was walking through Princes Park in Carlton after performing comedy in the city.

Her attacker, Jaymes Todd, was jailed for life last month for what the judge described as a «categorically evil» killing.

Ms Dixon’s friends this week launched the organisation, Awkward Giraffe, using money she had inherited.

The organisation’s stated goal is to support emerging comedians whose work is in the «spirit and legacy» of Ms Dixon’s work.

Friend Kieran Butler said the name came from Ms Dixon’s habit of making an awkward giraffe sign with her hands during uncomfortable situations.

«It makes it funny,» Mr Butler said.

«She is more than the way she died.»

Mr Butler said the not-for-profit was about moving forward and celebrating Ms Dixon’s bravery.

«We all genuinely feel that we were in the presence of somebody who was doing something quite special comedically and we probably feel an obligation to try and continue her work,» he said.

«She was well known for her views on feminism, but she would also be able to take topical stuff out of the news and give a slant on it that was always original.

«I suppose we’re looking for people who are doing something original, people who are doing something brave, she was very brave.»

Co-founder of the Comedy Women’s Association, Caili Christian, said Awkward Giraffe became Ms Dixon’s nickname.

«She was all about social commentary, with a touch of the political and always from a much smarter angle than anyone else could find,» she said.

«She drew the problems out into view and made serious issues look ridiculous.»

Friend and fellow comedian Lucy Best said the not-for-profit was «definitely very fitting» and aligned with Ms Dixon’s way of pushing the envelope.

«She drew attention to gender equality, suicide and ageism through comedy,» Ms Best said.

«Eurydice always had a unique and very intelligent angle on things that most people — comics or not — prefer not to talk about.»











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