The Big Gig

World Class Comedy at it’s Best

Free Entry – the last Thursday of every month

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!’



Ellen’s Website

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!

Friday 26 April 

Headline: Mark McConville
Support: Alan Glover
MC: s Sorrensen

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




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.



Mark’s Website

An accomplished Stand-Up Comedian, MC and Keynote Speaker, Mark McConville has been working in the Australian entertainment industry since 1998. With over 20 yrs of public speaking experience he is widely regarded as one of the most reliable and professional comedians in Australia.

Mark now brings his skills as a comedian and public speaker to the field of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. In 2018 he graduated from Griffith University with a Masters Degree in Suicidology. Mark is also a proud recipient of the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence (2016). Subsequently he has been appointed an Honorary Position as Adjunct Lecturer at The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention AISRAP, based at Griffith University’s Mt Gravatt Campus.

Mark McConville the comedian and Mark McConville the Suicidologist are two very different entities, however, there is one overriding truth that connects them both, you can never underestimate the power of laughter.



Alan’s Website

Since 1983 Alan has been cracking ‘em up throughout Australia, from Cairns to Perth, Darwin to Melbourne and countless clubs and pubs in between. His routines are personal, ridiculous, engaging and funny, and range from the forests of Australia to the jungle of Canberra and into the rocking chair on his expansive veranda in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales.

Internationally, Alan’s honest Australian-ness has given foreign audiences a very funny and educational experience. He’s performed many times in Singapore, Canada, the USA, Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and at the beginning of this century, he spent a year in London, the busy comedy hub of the U.K.

Alan is constantly touring the Australian Festival circuit and has performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Canberra’s National Folk Festival, Newcastle Fringe, Nimbin Mardi Grass, Tamworth Country Music Festival, and the inaugural Spike Milligan Comedy Festival.

Over his 35 year career Alan has worked on television (Tough Nuts 2You’ve Got To Be JokingJust KiddingPolice Rescue); in film (WaitingExchange Lifeguard); and as a radio and TV voice-over artist.

Thursday May 30 

Headline: Rusty Berther
Local Supports: John Peacock & Vanessa Mitchell
MC: Mandy Nolan

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

30 MAY


30 MAY


Cleaning carpets provides John Peacock with a lot of time to consider the World.  It’s not perfect (the World that is) but John is a man with a plan.

One of his inner voices demands he be noticed.  The other voice thinks he should pull his head in and grow up. His psychologist suggested balance and creativity would be sensible goals for him this year.

He bought a skateboard and wrote some jokes.   A bit of a late bloomer, he’s blooming hilarious.

John Peacock has supported Akmal, Mel Buttle and Mandy Knight and more but most importantly he’s seen heaps and heaps of funny people on You Tube.

JP’s star is on the rise.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see this carpet-cleaning-philosopher step into his own as Byron’s newest comedy talent.

30 MAY


Vanessa ‘Larry’ Mitchell

Kicking off her comedy debut in 2015, Vanessa quickly developed a thirst for the stage, and has since established the fast growing Northern Rivers Comedy Club ‘Larry Laughs Loud’.

Vanessa aims to provide local opportunities for new and developing comics to try their stuff onstage, as well as bringing world class comics to the region.

Vanessa’s honest and brave humour gives her the point of difference in the comedy scene. With an air of confidence that can only be developed through intense self loving, Vanessa brings her stories to life in a way her mother despises.

Hosting and appearing on stage with comedy greats like Bev Killick & Mel Buttle, Vanessa is quickly gaining traction with her club shows as well as appearances around the Brisbane and Melbourne comedy circuits.

To stay up to date with Vanessa’s shows, check out Larry Laughs Loud on Facebook or visit

Alternatively, to keep in the loop with broader comedy happenings around the Northern Rivers scene, potential performers, open mic’ers or comedy fans should join  ‘Northern Rivers Comedy’ group on Facebook, a group set up by Vanessa

Thursday June 27

Headline: Lindsay Webb
Support: Aaron Pratt
MC: Mandy Nolan

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



Lindsay is truly an International act worthy of the title.

Festivals, Corporate Comedy, International Touring, Club Comedy & Support to the Stars.

2015 was a cracking year for Lindsay already. Performed at Falls Fest in Byron Bay, Performed his new show Next Level” at the Adelaide Fringe & Hosting SetList at the Rhino Room during the Fringe. In late March he also Hosted the Laugh Your Pants Off Gala” at Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast. Later this year (Dec) Lindsay will trial his new 2016 Show “What’s That!?” 

In 2014, amongst his 266 gigs Lindsay supported Dave Hughes early in the year & then kicking along to Sold Out Shows with  “What’s Your Name, What Do You Do?” at the Adelaide Fringe & Melbourne International Comedy Festival, complete with 4 star review from the Herald Sun & Performing on the “Set List Show” & TOFOP Live at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Followed by Supporting Wayne Brady (USA) Brad Garrett (USA) & Lawrence Mooney. Then a 2 week tour in LA performing at many venues including SetList at the UCB Theatre in Hollywood.

Lindsay loves digital media, as regular guest on Wil Andersons “FOFOP” Podcast, “The Dollop” Podcast Live at the Sit Down Comedy Club in August as well as Hosting a Podcast for BP Australia (CBBP Podcast). Lindsay is also now a fill in Presenter with 612 ABC Brisbane.

Also known for crowd warm up for many TV shows including: Gruen Nation (ABC), Q&A (ABC) & Save Your Life Tonight ABC, Ch 9 Telethon Brisbane, Australia’s Got Talent and more. 

He has supported many great acts, including Wil Anderson around the country & Jim Jeffries QLD shows. Lindsay was also a guest Comic on The Darren Sanders Show on GO. In 2013 Lindsay also Hosted many Class Clowns workshops for MICF.

Lindsay also hosted some pretty great shows recently, Royal Architect Awards, Gold Coast Media Awards, QLD Advertising Awards & Laugh Your Pants Off Gala at the Gold Coast Casino, twice.

Lindsay has also done many guest spots on TV & Radio, including “Stand up Australia”, “Good News Week” (CH 10) & “The Footy Show” (CH 9). “7Days” (TV3NZ). 

Most Popular Visiting Act, Adelaide Comedy Awards, 2011

Guinness World Record, October, 2009 (Longest Show by an Individual 38hrs 6min)

“Webb is an animated & clever storyteller. You can’t help but have a good time” **** Herald Sun 2014



Aaron started performing stand up comedy at the ripe age of 32 in late 2012.
His unique style of humour was forged in the fiery pits of South Auckland (think Mordor from ‘Lord Of The Rings’). This 6’2 180kg Polynesian / New Zealand powerhouse will bring down the house, the structural support beams and any other aspect of the establishment not rated for his big laughs or excess body mass.
Considered amongst many as the best value comic (based on a $ per kg ratio), Aaron’s short stories about growing up as the odd one out, misallocated stereotypes and comparing Australia vs New Zealand are both heartfelt and hilarious.
Aaron’s off beat slow and easy delivery style of joke telling got him through to the international ‘RAW comedy’ QLD state finals in two consecutive years (2014 & 2015).
In 2016 Aaron was selected to open for Australian comedian Akmal Saleh; and America ‘King of nerd comedy’ Brian Posehn.
More recently in 2017, Aaron has opened for Fiona O’Laughlin, Heath Franklin’s ‘Chopper’ and Kevin Tate (America).
After being invited to perform at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) ‘Clean Comedy Gala’, Aaron received rave reviews & has already been asked to perform in next years show.