The Big Gig

World Class Comedy at it’s Best

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Proudly Presented by Mandy Nolan – Since April 2007


Mandy Nolan

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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.

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 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!’

BRSL3301 Big Gig June 17

Thursday 29 June

Headline: Mark McConville
Support: Anne Howe
MC: Mandy Nolan

Doors 7.30pm Show 8pm
Free Entry – 18+ Years



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Having headlined and emceed all of the major comedy clubs around the country as well as regular corporate engagements and cruise ship bookings, Mark has comfortably become known as “One of the most reliable comedians in the business”

 “Performing is what I do, I’ve always done it, and I’ll continue to do it. Making people laugh is the best job in the world, I absolutely love it”

 “When I’m headlining on a cruise ship it’s great to go out there and do a full show for an hour or so. When MCing though I like to have more interaction with my audiences , you’re up there all night, make it personal and get to know each other and have some fun,  it’s great!”

As a story teller Mark can keep an audience enthralled as he peppers them with punchline after punchline littered throughout real life true stories from his own experiences.

As Mark evolves from one of Australia’s leading Headline comedians into that of an Entrepreneur and advocate for Mental Health his stand up is also evolving.

 “I’m a firm believer in encouraging people to experience comedy in all its forms, it’s been proven that laughter is beneficial to your health and can help reduce stress and anxiety. This in turn creates more work for comedians thus adding value to our industry as a whole, so everybody wins”

Mark has been seen on all of the major commercial TV channels as well as being a featured comic on the Comedy Channels “Home Delivered Comedy”. Radio stations haven’t escaped his attention either, having been heard around the country under the “Home Grown Humour” banner, but to be fully appreciated, he has to be seen live.

2016 sees Mark celebrate his 18th year as a Stand Up Comic, and like fine wine he’s getting better with age. Mark’s approach is up front and personal.  His direct manner means the audience is engaged from the moment he steps onto the stage.  Short and punchy, his gags cut to the chase, giving the audience a full physical workout of the best possible medicine – laughter. His innate ability to connect with people from all demographics means he can zero in on the finer points of life and present them in a way that makes you laugh and laugh hard.

“My ultimate goal is to reduce societal stress, depression and suicides by creating a direct link between the Comedy Industry and that of Mental Health, while making a lot of people laugh along the way”

Anne Howe


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Anne’s strict Irish catholic upbringing plus convent education, ensured Anne entered adulthood with a mouth like a “sewer”. She took to comedy some ten years ago mainly to avoid having to do her children’s homework and has since gone on to travel all over Australia with her loud, bawdy opinions on the beauty industry and being fat in a superficial world dominated by being beautiful.

Anne’s rude, crass, bawdy humour has audiences weeping as they either adore or abhor her brand of humour. Anne has travelled extensively around Australia entertaining, bringing the funnies and sharing with audiences her stories of 21st century beauty therapy and her struggle to find love. She loves nothing more than holding court and enthralling people with her somewhat visual descriptions of life and situations.

Back in 2009, Anne won the Grand Final of Green Faces, a prestigious comedy competition held in Canberra every year to find up and coming new comedians. To her delight she was, and has been the only woman to have won the contest thus far.

Anne has shared a stage with some comedy greats including, Fiona O’Loughlin, Mick Meredith, Jimeoin, Lindsay Webb, Tahir, Wil Anderson and Bev Killick to name a few.

She has also toured and MC’d for the Birth of Origin show, staring the late Artie Beatson and Tommy Rodonikus.

Anne may be a female, but is a favourite with both male and female audiences alike and as brought her broad cockney accent as far north as Darwin and as south as South Australia….she particularly favours a raucous crowd.

Anne is currently hosting her own talk show on Digital 44 “The Very Anne Show” and is now going to air with season three of this very down to earth non-sugar coated 25 minutes of “real telly”.

“Anne is larger than life, and a total scream from the moment she steps on stage.” Bev Killick

“One of the best support acts we have ever had on.” Puppetry of the Penis

“Anne smashed it on stage…” Tommy Rodonikus


“what can i say…BRILLIANT!” Allan (Alfie) Langer


Thursday 27 July

Headline: Dave Callan
Support: David McNevin
MC: Mandy Nolan

Doors 7.30pm Show 8pm
Free Entry – 18+ Years



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Dave Callan is best known from his years on Rove Live and hosting Saturday nights on Triple J. Dave has also appeared on Spicks and Specks, The Melbourne International

Comedy Festival Gala, the Footy Show, and Hey Hey Its Saturday.

The Irish Australian is in his element live on stage and is always outstanding, generous and hilarious.

He has performed in New York, Edinburgh and across Asia and Australia, and is a favourite of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.





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“After making it to the RAW National Finals in 2015 at the Melbourne Town Hall, David has been entertaining crowds all over Brisbane and Sydney with sold out shows at the Brisbane Funny Fest and the Sydney Fringe Festival. A sure crowd pleaser with his laid back, unpredictable jokes that will leave you wanting more.”