(born 1959, London
) is an Australian comedian
, radio personality
and jazz singer
. Although born in the UK, she grew up and resides in Melbourne
She began performing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980’s while working in sales and marketing. Her first gig was a ten minute stand-up comedy stint at the Hilton Hotel.
In 1994, Bartram joined Perth station 94.5FM and, worked as a double act with Fred Botica
. After three years she moved to Melbourne’s Fox FM
and co-hosted the breakfast programme with Matt Tilley
. During her time as a broadcaster she interviewed Susan Sarandon
Kristen Davies, Anastacia
, Ronan Keating
, Matt Damon
and Sophie Ellis Bextor
and ,any other visiting celebrities. After a two year break from radio (2003-2005), she joined the MIX 101.1FM
team in March 2006 with the Tracy and Tim for Breakfast
show (with Tim Smith
). Tracy & Tim finished at Mix 1011 at the end of November 2007.
Bartram also has a considerable television profile. First spotted in 1993 by producers of Perth's daytime TV show, Jenny Seaton Live
and Mad About Movies
, she was given regular comic reporting spots on those shows. She was also, more recently, a regular panellist on Beauty and the Beast
, and occasionally on others such as Good Morning Australia
and Rove Live
Bartram writes her own shows and has produced them as well. In 1990 she launched "My Life Through the Eyes of a 60’s Child
", followed in 1992 by "Lipstick on the Wattle
" and in 1993 by "Tracy Bartram After Dark
". Other shows that she's written include "Six Foot Silly and Sexy
" 1994 (Adelaide, Melbourne & Perth), "Six Foot Silly and Six Months Pregnant
" 1994 (Edinburgh Fringe), "Discovering My Roots
" 1998, a musical performance backed by a seven piece band, "Rawhide
" 2001, "Tracy Bartram Live
"Tracy Bartram Live" was recorded and released as a CD through Shock Records in 2004.
She is a singer, dancer, actor and comedian. In 2003 after leaving Fox FM, she played in "Minefields and Miniskirts", wrote her latest show, "Illegally Blonde", which premiered at the 2004 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and then went to Edinburgh in 2004. "Illegally Blonde" toured regional Victoria Regional Victoria in June 2006.
Bartram also performs jazz with the Steve Sedergreen Trio and has EmCeed the Melbourne Jazz Festival Opening Ceremony and the Jazz Awards since 2003.
In 2008 she performed in "Mums The Word 2 - Teenagers" in its Sydney and Perth seasons.
Bartram runs a business named Serious Laughter – the mission of which is to change people’s lives through laughter. She is also a campaigner for animal and children’s rights – she was a patron for The Australian Childhood Foundation
and for 6 year, organised the very successful "Celebrity Garage Sale".
In June 2005, in light of the "not guilty" verdict handed to Michael Jackson on charges of sexual abuse of children, Bartram wrote an article in the Sunday Herald Sun, revealing that as a young girl, she had been sexually abused by a man whom she trusted.
Bartram is married with one son.