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World Class Comedy at it’s Best

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Proudly Presented by Mandy Nolan – Since April 2007

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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!’

Thursday 28 June

Headline: Elliot Goblet
Support: Paul McMahon
MC: Ellen Briggs

Doors 7.30pm Show 8pm
LEVEL ONE AUDITORIUM
Free Entry – 18+ Years

ELLIOT GOBLET

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Elliot Goblet (real name Jack Levi) first performed in mid 1981 and in his early days he worked mainly in the comedy clubs of Melbourne & Sydney to develop a unique comedy identity. Fortunately it was 10 months later that he was discovered by Daryl Somers and started getting regular exposure on national television variety shows to become one of Australia’s best known & favourite comedians.

He has enjoyed lots of career highlights.

  • Over 60 stand up comedy spots on Australian national television shows including Hey Hey It’s Saturday and The Footy Show (NRL).
  • Many guest appearances on celebrity TV game shows and cameo appearances on shows like Swift And Shift, Pizza and Neighbours.
  • Thousands of public performances all over Australia and in 7 other countries including The Montreal Comedy Festival.
  • When it comes to function entertainment, a multitude of corporate events and also many private events such as weddings, parties…but not anything.
  • A best selling book “Business According To Goblet” containing heavily nonsense coated business advice.
  • An Aria nominated Album “internally berserk”, and in 2015 a collection of some of his best one liners in the Album “goblet’s greatest bits”.
  • A regular segment on current affairs TV programs giving Elliot’s “offbeat but on target” view of the week’s news.
  • Support act for the band “America” in the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Hobart and it was a big thrill for him to be called back on stage at the end of the nights to join in the chorus of “Horse With No Name”.
  • Host of the Qantas in flight audio comedy channel world wide…and beyond.
  • Cameo role in the film “Fat Pizza” as a pesky health inspector.

 

Elliot Goblet 2018 from Jack Levi on Vimeo.

PAUL McMAHON

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Paul McMahon is comedian based in the Byron Shire and has gained success with his laid back style of observational humour that we can all relate to. He has been a Triple J RAW comedy QLD state finalist two years in a row and was winner of the 2010 ‘Village Idiot’ comedy competition at the Bangalow Big Joke comedy festival.

An ex bank manager turned comedian, Paul has been a regular on the Australian comedy circuit. He has performed alongside, Tommy Dean, Frank Woodley, Steady Eddie, Ronny Chang, Austen Tayshus,, Tom Gleeson, Dave O’Neil, Chris Franklin, Akmal Saleh and recently opened for US comedian Doug Stanhope on his Australian tour… Paul is a regular performer at the Basement comedy at the Gold Coast Arts centre and is in demand on comedy circuits with his laid back style of observational humour. Paul performed with huge success to large audiences at Woodford Folk Festival, Nimbin Mardi Grass, Falls festival and his successful solo show “Hippycritical’ which he performed at the Brisbane Fringe Comedy festival.

Paul is the polite, quietly spoken guy next door who says what he really thinks on stage. Fathers, girlfriends, friends, shopkeepers, in fact everyone will be able to relate to Paul’s easy going nature and hilarious perspective on life.

Paul McMahon has a knack for observation. In a world of comedy where sometimes it feels that everything has been said, Paul is able to go in and come up with fresh ideas. He’s unobtrusively laid back on stage, and is capable of taking the audience by the short and curlies with a killer punch line. Paul McMahon is a funny bloke. Watch out for him.  Mandy Nolan

I was late for my own gig because I didn’t want to miss a thing this witty hippy saidChris Franklin –

Not only is Paul very funny, he has the best hair of any comedian I have ever met.- Akmal Saleh

 

ELLEN BRIGGS – MC

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Ellen Briggs is a talented mother of two, with a sharp tongue and mind, and a swag of funny stories that she is not ashamed to tell!

With just two years’ experience, she bagged first prize on the National Foxtel Comedy Channel’s ‘Be a Comedian’ and earned a spot on Stand Up Australia. She then became a finalist in the nationally televised Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2007 “Raw Comedy” Competition.

Ellen regularly performs as a comedian and MC at venues all over Australia, and can often be heard on “ABC North Coast Radio” and Byron Bay’s Community Radio Station, “Bay FM”. In fact at the end of 2007, she was shortlisted for the breakfast radio program “The Cage” which is heard on MMM in Brisbane – without even applying!

Ellen’s relatability is what audiences love.  She’s unashamedly ordinary and hilariously funny. She has an easy-going, friendly nature that belies the dark wit that lurks beneath. It’s been said that “Ellen says out loud the things other mothers only dare to even think”, and that “with her tales of parenting, she could well become Australia’s next Fiona O’Loughlin”. Ellen takes her audience on an observational and hilarious journey through life as an accidental mother of identical twins and the wife of a husband who is away working for 9 months of the year. She has made an art-form of sneaking really politically incorrect jokes onto the end of “nice” yarns. She launches the punch lines stealthily. You won’t see them coming, but you’ll know when they hit. Trevor Hendy recently declared that “Ellen is probably the funniest comedian I’ve ever seen!”

Ellen has performed alongside the likes of Dave Hughes, Will Anderson, Peter Hellier, Charlie Pickering, Fiona O’Loughlin, Glenn Robbins, Gina Yashire, Austen Tayshus, Puppetry of the Penis, Tommy Little, Mandy Nolan, Troy Kinne, Judith Lucy, Peter Rosethorn, The Nelson Twins and Claire Hooper – just to name a few!  Ellen is a favourite at ladies events, such as Melbourne Cup Lunches, Girls Nights In and numerous other Cancer Council and other fundraising events, as well as Sportsmen’s Lunches all through South East QLD.

Ellen and fellow comedian Mandy Nolan have joined forces and have been performing their two-hour stand up show Women Like Us all over regional Australia, with all but one show so far completely selling out!

Thursday 26 July

Headline: Daniel Connell
Support: S Sorrensen
MC: Mandy Nolan

Doors 7.30pm Show 8pm
LEVEL ONE AUDITORIUM
Free Entry – 18+ Years

DANIEL CONNELL

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Daniel Connell could easily be described as the ideal Aussie comedian; affable, loveable and hilarious. His observational, dry, often unanticipated comedy has seen him take to stages all over the country.

Daniel first launched himself into the comedy world in the 2009 emerging comedian competition ‘Green Faces’, winning the Canberra heat and placing third in the national final.

Daniel became a regular on the Canberra scene, performing in comedy-loving venues like the Civic Pub Comedy Club and The Phoenix Pub and became a regular on the 96.7 Queanbeyan FM Friday Night Sports Show.

Driven to further his career in comedy, Daniel moved to Melbourne in 2010 and quickly established himself in the local scene. In 2011 he performed in ‘The Comedy Zone’ at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, a line up show of up and coming Australian comedians hand picked by the festival.

Since then Daniel has performed a brand new hour of stand-up at 6 consecutive Melbourne International Comedy Festivals. At the 2017 MICF Daniel made his debut on the Oxfam Gala (ABC) and was also selected to go on tour around Australia and Asia with the MICF Roadshow.

One of the most active stand-up comedians in Australia, Daniel can be seen at comedy venues across the country all year round. Check the ‘GIGS’ section on this website to follow his movements.

If you would like to book Daniel for an event of any kind, or see some footage of him in action, go to the ‘CONTACT’ or ‘VIDEO’ sections on this website.

 

“It’s not often a comedian can have the whole room laughing for more than an hour without so much as raising their voice – definitely a must see in the comedy festival.

— Herald Sun

 

S SORRENSEN

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S Sorrensen is a comedian in the throes of mid-life crisis. He is appalled at what he sees in the world. But when he expresses his absolute horror about climate change, war for oil, and brushcutters, others laugh. A lot.
In fact, audiences all over this wide brown land have laughed at S’s view of the world – both in his solo stand-up shows and in the two-handed Glover & Sorrensen shows (with Alan Glover).
S regularly leaves the safety of his shack near Nimbin, swapping his sarong for jeans, to do his therapy at festivals, clubs, pubs and dining tables from Cairns to Hobart. He has also appeared on telly and radio. (But don’t tell anyone…)

And when it’s raining and too wet to travel, he’s a writer and journalist.

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