Here, we chat to Joel Creasey about why he’s happy to be a Friend of The Star, his Camp Comedy Show, and how, when it comes to being an ally, Australia’s leading entertainment destination not only wants to talk the talk, but walk the walk, too (in fabulous, sky high stilettos of course).
As fiercely passionate supporters of the LGBTQI+ community, diversity and inclusion is of the utmost importance to The Star.
The Star’s mission is simple – to ensure both staff and guests – no matter their gender, race or sexual orientation, whether they like sequins or prefer a suit, feel welcome when they walk through those glistening doors.
So much so The Star was named a silver employer in the 2021 Australian Workplace Equality Index, a testament to the strides the group has taken towards making the entertainment destination a safe, inclusive, and supportive workplace for all.
To demonstrate The Star’s ongoing commitment to the LGBTQI+ community, The Star Sydney and The Star Gold Coast recently teamed up with comedy superstar and Friend of The Star, Joel Creasey, to showcase some of the country’s best up-and-coming queer stand-up comedians by launching a casting call for a Camp Comedy show taking place in early 2023.
For one-night-only, rising stars got their rightful turn in the spotlight as Rock Lily and Atrium Bar transformed into a spectacular rainbow-colourful open-mic experience, with the best performance selected for a place on Joel Creasey’s Camp Comedy line up set to tour Australia in 2023.
Joel says of the casting call, “To give the scene a fabulous shot of adrenaline, in collaboration with one of our nation’s leaders in entertainment – The Star, I wanted to develop a show that gives a chance (and a microphone) to the comedy voices you may not have heard from before; supporting Australia’s next generation of comedy talent.”
“My Camp Comedy show at The Star was centered around showcasing the vast diversity of incredibly hilarious talent our nation has to offer. And me.”
“I hated school camp. So Camp Comedy sounded far more up my alley. Especially because I can do it with a drink in hand.”
The Star’s absolute commitment to diversity and inclusion is championed all the way at the top by George Hughes, Chief Marketing Officer of The Star Entertainment Group, who says creating a culture of inclusion is a top priority for him.
“I want every single one of our team members and our guests to feel truly welcome at The Star.”
Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting things to come at The Star, where all are welcome, and wearing rainbow-coloured looks are encouraged.
Now that’s something to feel good about.