The Big Gig

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 22 February 

Headline: Andrew Barnett
Support: Ellen Briggs
MC: Mandy Nolan

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

Andrew Barnett

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Andrew’s Comedy career began with a bang in 2010 when he made the NSW State Final of Raw Comedy. Since then Andrew has become a fixture of the Sydney comedy scene. Andrew has established himself as a crowd favourite across the Sydney Comedy Scene and beyond. He has performed in cities and towns around Australia.

Andrew has worked with comedians from across Australia and the world. He has opened for some of the finest International acts to visit Australia including Dom Irrera (USA) and Ian Bagg (Can). Andrew has also worked with some of the biggest names in Australian comedy including Akmal Saleh, Dave Hughes, Fiona O’Loughlin, Glenn Robins and Dave O’Neill.

In 2013 Andrew was invited by Australian Rock icons the Hoodoo Gurus to host the Comedy Stage at the Sydney leg of their invitational music festival ‘Rip it Up’.

Andrew has performed at numerous festivals across Australia, as a solo performer and part of ensembles. Andrew’s 2015 Sydney Fringe Festival Showwas described by The Daily Telegraph as a “knockout show”. Due to popular demand, Andrew’s 2015 Fringe Festival season was extended to include an encore performance.

In 2015 Andrew won the comedy prize in the ANZ Blue Rooms Competition as part of the Sydney Morning Herald’s prestigious Spectrum Now Festival.

In 2016 Andrew was selected to be part of the FRESH program at the Sydney Comedy Festival, which highlights the best emerging comedians in the festival.

Andrew has performed audience warm up for numerous television shows on Fox Sports Australia including Monday Nights with Matty Johns, The Cup Runneth Over, Matty Johns’ Big Weekend, NRL 360, The Other Rugby Show, The Late Show with Matty Johns and The Professor’s Second Year Syndrome. In 2015 Andrew also performed audience warm up for the National Rugby League’s annual player awards The Dally M Awards.

Andrew has a relaxed, affable style which belies a razor sharp wit. His comedy is filled with insightful observations and witty anecdotes. Andrew is sure to be a crowd favourite wherever he performs.

 

“Quick witted, sharp-tongued…” The Daily Telegraph
“Warm, personable and hilarious” – Akmal Saleh
Previous shows:
2017: Whys Man – Solo Show
2016: Role Reversal – with Julia Wilson
2015/16: The Funny One – Solo Show
2014: Three Blokes Telling Jokes – with Scott Dettrick and Matty B
2013: Confessions of a Hide and Seek Playa – Solo Show
2012: One Man Show – with Dave Keeshan

 

ELLEN BRIGGS

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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 29 March 

Headline: Katrina Davidson
Support: Anne Howe
MC: Mandy Nolan

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

KATRINA DAVIDSON

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Comedian Kat Davidson who has 20 years comedy experience, brilliant stories and keeps the laughs coming, no matter who is in the audience? This lady….

Seeing Kat on stage is like visiting an old friend you haven’t met yet. She’s shared the stage with the world’s best comics (Stephen K Amos, Steven Wright, Dave Hughes to shamelessly name drop a few), tamed a shed full of drunk miners, kept a 17 year marriage off the rocks and is currently being parented by her five year old.

Equally at home in a corporate venue or a room full of hens and bucks, Kat brings a fresh and intelligent view to her comedy. She tackles relationships, observations and random events with equal passion and her unique storytelling ability takes her audience along with her for the ride.

Kat has been a professional improviser since 1993, hosted Gala Events, coached blue chip companies in communication and worked a crowd from the back of a cattle truck. Occasionally, all at the same time!

She can be heard regularly across Queensland ABC radio and has headlined the best clubs in Australia and Canada. She is also the co-producer of the highly successful Ladies Comedy Nights in Brisbane, can regularly be found at sea performing for huge crowds on P&O Cruise ships and enjoyed sell out seasons of her original show Untidy at the 2012 Brisbane Comedy Festival and husband and wife co-production He Said, She Said (with husband Stav Davidson) at Wonderland Festival, venues around Brisbane and P&O ships since 2016.

 

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

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