“Perl fuses comedy and music equally, lending weight to both the skill and craft of each of them” -Illegitimate Theatre

Jude Perl is a singer slash songwriter slash comedian slash piano player slash another thing, who has an irrational fear of punctuation marks not being written out as words. She was born in Texas (probably the same hospital as Matthew McConaughey, sorry not sorry for name dropping) but grew up in Melbourne, which is very similar to Texas, in that it’s not at all similar to Texas. Here is a quote about Jude:

“Perl manages to draw the complete attention of her audience from her opening phrase. There is a narrative sureness in her voice to match its timbral warmth. Like Ute Lemper, Perl has the kind of instrument that inspires lyricists not to slack off, to invest more in their songs” – The Australian

Jude has done some really impressive things, maybe not as impressive as Meryl Streep or Dom Deluise, but still pretty good. In 2012 Jude released her debut EP ‘3am’ which featured her first single ‘Girls & Boys’. Her single received regular airplay on commercial radio all over Australia (including on Fox FM and 2Day FM) which is an incredibly rare achievement for an independant artist. Jude was interviewed by Ella Hooper and Ben Wasley on Aus Top 20 where she performed her track live. Her music video for ‘Girls & Boys’ was also shortlisted for the 2014 SoundKilda film festival

“Hard to fault something as bouncy and grinning as this” – Triple J

“When it comes to crafting the catchiest of pop tunes, this Melbourne musician hits the nail on the head” – The Ripe

Her debut album ‘Modern Times’ was produced in LA by Grammy award winning engineer Brian Paturalski (Outkast ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’). Whilst iLA, Jude also worked with Colin Hay (Men At Work) recording one of her album tracks with him at his studio and singing backing vocals on his album ‘Next Year People’. 

In 2015, Jude performed her first hour long solo comedy show ‘Is It Just Me?’ for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Her season sold out and 3 extra shows were added due to popular demand. ‘Is It Just Me?’ as well as her 2nd solo show ‘Part Of This Complete Breakfast’ have both won a Green Room Award for best original songs.

In 2016, several of Jude’s songs were featured in the internationally acclaimed documentary ‘Embrace’ from activist and Body Image Movement founder Taryn Brumfitt, including a track that was written specifically for the film, which you can listen to here




“Insanely clever and comical songwriting. Her lyrics are insightful and hilarious because of their honesty, and her talent for writing hugely enjoyable music only makes the comedy stronger.” – Melbourne Observer


“Jude Perl’s ‘Is It Just Me?’ is extremely entertaining and honest comedy at it’s musical best. If good comedy and good music is your recipe for a good night out then this show is a must” – Theatre Press


“Jude Perl is a delight. Her comedy fest show “Is it just me?” is a solid hour of why-isn’t-this-on-the-radio songs mixed with lighthearted standup.” – The Plus Ones


“I knew I’d found someone who was going to give me the comedy show I’d always dreamed of” – Illegitimate theatre


“the sheer, cultivated talent of Jude Perl singing and on the piano is undeniable. Her skills as a singer-songwriter are some of the best in Melbourne, to my reckoning” – Illegitimate Theatre

Jude has performed packed shows at The Hotel Cafe in LA, Ronnie Scott’s in London as well as many notable venues around Melbourne including the Athenaeum Theatre where she was a leading role in ‘Let’s Get It On: The Life & Music Of Marvin Gaye’ which ran for 2 seasons during 2014. Jude performed live on ‘The Morning Show’ on Channel 7 with her co-star Bert Labonté. 

In 2012, Jude was one of 10 finalists in the prestigious National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. Another time, she choked on a moth. Who knows what she’ll do next.



Reasons to see Jude at 2016 Melbourne Comedy Festival -Squirrel Comedy


Selling Up -Beat Magazine


5 Things Jude wants to tell her 15 year old self -Scenestr


Q&A Scene -What’s My Scene


60 seconds with Jude Perl -Beat Magazine