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Mandy Nolan Presents
Featuring: Mick Neven

Support: Ms Stella

Doors 7.30pm Show 8pm
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Mandy Nolan

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Multi-talented Nolan is an accomplished comedian, artist and journalist. A self-proclaimed expert on all matters feminine she writes for the Byron Echo where her weekly Soapbox has attracted the admiration and loyalty of readers for well over a decade. Nolan has also been a contributor for Wendy Harmer’s online magazine The Hoopla and has been a featured guest on ABC’s Q&A and SBS’s Mums The Word.

Mandy Nolan is a funny woman.

A stand-up comedian for well over 28 years, audiences adore Mandy on stage, and around Byron Bay where she lives, Mandy-jokes are as much a part of the vernacular as any surf speak.

Her humour is sharp, honest, sometimes self-depreciating, somewhat outrageous, but never cruel or pretentious. Frequently irreverent, it speaks to a diverse audience with no set demographic, no gender, race or religion, occupation or tribe.

Mandy’s stand-up is known and loved for its rapid fire philandering and esoteric observations that emerge from the musings of what she describes as ‘a woman whose dilemma it is to navigate the new frontiers in the suburban badlands of human relationships and traverse that darkly hypocritical abyss that exists between action and belief.’

One of Australia’s strongest female comedic talents, Mandy Nolan has honed the ability to bring a room to its knees, whether that be Melbourne’s Last Laugh, Gold Coast’s Comedy in the Basement, Brisbane’s Sit Down Comedy Club, the 2000 plus crowds she’s wowed at Jupiter Casino’s Laugh Your Pants Off Gala’s or the 800 strong function of women from VIEW club who all declared Nolan hands down the funniest guest speaker they’d ever had.

In constant demand on the corporate and comedy circuit, Nolan is a sure fire hit at Ladies Luncheons, is soon to feature at a Conference for Women parliamentarians alongside Julia Guilard and Julie Bishop, and is the headline act for the annual Outback Ladies gathering 3 hours west of Charleville.

Nolan made her return to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year with three shows launching her latest comedic offering ‘Home Truths’ published by Finch Publishing. All three shows sold out.

A thrice published author Nolan’s previous titles with Finch include ‘What I Would Do If I Were You’ & ‘Boyfriend’s we’ve all Had and Shouldn’t have.’  Sydney Morning Herald’s Bruce Elder called Nolan ‘the country’s sharpest and wittiest comedic columnist’. In 2015 alongside an 8 date East Coast book launch she also appeared at Bellingen Writers Festival, Byron Writers Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival and the Romance Writers of Australia Conference.

A pioneer of regional comedy – Nolan created her own comedy Festival, and currently has 6 comedy rooms that she programs, promotes and performs at from the Gold Coast to Ballina.

But wait, that’s not all.

For nearly two decades Nolan has taught the gentle art of stand-up comedy to over 1000 aspirants, with successful protégés Hannah Gadsby, Ellen Briggs and Paul McMahon all featuring on the national, and international circuit. Nolan believes comedy has strong therapeutic value and has delivered several programs to Kids, People with Lived Experience of Mental Health, Grandparent Carers and seniors, who all found themselves on stage delivering 5 minutes of comedy, smashing stereotypes and reframing limiting social views.

Nolan’s most important work however is the unique Stand Up for Dementia, the  Humour Therapy she created for people with dementia that was developed with the assistance of  Commonwealth funding with research making its way International peer reviewed medical journals. Most recently Nolan was featured on SBS’s Insight for her innovative approach to working with people with high levels of dementia.

With her keen eye for detail and dark wit, Mandy excels in what she calls ‘a dangerous social autopsy!’ If you like David Sedaris and Jennifer Lawson, if you like outrageous observations peppered with intelligent insightful quips, then you’ll love Mandy Nolan.

Even Olivia Newton John couldn’t help falling a tiny bit in love with the big girl of comedy and regularly invites her to feature at her private functions.

‘Mandy Nolan is hilarious, with a wicked Wicked sense of humour!’

Mick Neven

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One of Australia’s busiest comedians, Mick is just as comfortable on-stage at the biggest comedy clubs and corporate functions in the city, and the smallest venues and sporting clubs in the country.
“Mick Neven’s stand-up is so slick…he’s seriously entertaining” 3.5 Stars, The Age 2012.
“Go see his show – it’s good shit” 4 Stars, The Herald Sun 2012.
His material is observant, sharp and satirical, highlighting the foibles of modern life in a likeable and relatable fashion. It’s intelligent, hilarious and sometimes political, delivered with high-energy and a never-ending stream of punchlines that continually take his jokes to the next level.
‘Mick is one of the best writers on the Comedy Circuit. Every time I work with him, he pulls out new jokes that I wish I’d written’ – Dave O’Neil – Comedian and Television Personality
With 10 years on the Australian Comedy Circuit under his belt he now Headlines every state, including The Comics Lounge, The Basement on the Gold Coast, Little Creatures in WA and more. He’s also worked with, learnt from and stolen jokes from the biggest names in the business.
‘I’ve worked with a lot of comedian’s at a lot of Functions and Sportsman’s Nights, and Mick Neven’s comedy set is one of the best I’ve seen’ – David (the Ox) Schwarz – AFL Footballer and media personality
A regular guest on ABC Grandstand and Melbourne’s 1116 SEN radio, Mick has also appeared on The Circle (See Mick on The Circle) and Hey Hey It’s Saturday (Channel 9). He’s travelled to entertain Aussie troops serving overseas and appeared in his own solo shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and The Adelaide Fringe.

MS Stella

Stella Kinsella is an independent Creative Producer and an award winning screenwriter and presenter. She specialises in Oral History and Social Interpretation and has produced several live events using a business model that merges filmed media, interviews and staged escapades to create high spirited events that inform, edify and entertain. These include The Short Poppy Awards for the Australian Screen industry, Stellavision (in Byron Bay) and the ‘I Grew Up In’ series of events.
As a writer she has written for several publications including the Byron Shire Echo, Screenhub and the Melbourne Magazine. Her writing achievements include the feature screenplay Veris which won the Australian Writers Guild Monte Miller Award in 2004.
In 2010 her feature screenplay Slim Pickens won the Holding Redlich pitching competition at the Screen Producers Association of Australia Conference which she presented to the market at the Cannes Film festival in 2011.
Her earlier work, Ruby Tuesday received the New Australians Screenwriters Grant in 1993 and her subsequent work Maintain the Rage and Veris were both performed as staged readings at ACMI in 2005 and 2007.
In 2007 she wrote and directed the mockumentary Making Mary and Max following the three year epic that was the creation of Academy Award winning Adam Elliot’s feature animation Mary and Max produced by Melanie Coombs. It was selected as part of the inaugural F4 film festival at the 2011 International Documentary Film Festival and screened in Belgium and Russia.
Stella worked as script consultant for seven years for Buena Vista International and has served as script editor on several short films.
She has worked as documentary researcher for Princess Pictures’ Sounds of Aus and This Sporting Nation.
As an independent producer she runs an archive company that has created several not for broadcast titles including Cradlehold, Finding Footscray and for the Victorian Women’s Lawyers Association.
She appeared at the 2015 Comedy Festival with Mandy Nolan’s Home Truths.