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!’

Thursday 26 April

Headline: Julia Wilson
Support: Marty Lappan
MC: Mandy Nolan

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


Julia’s Website

Described by many as the toughest woman in comedy, Julia Wilson tours the world with her dubious morals, having plenty of seriously dangerous fun along the way!

This convent school girl, bouncer, accountant, stand-up comedian, whose humour refuses to be pigeonholed and personality can’t be ignored would rather live her life with bruises and scars instead of being too scared to do anything!

Whether it’s being bitten by a lion, stalked by a hippo, getting burnt by a burning hot gun cartridge, or being accosted by an armed hold up convict, Julia has aquired plenty of scars, and certainly isn’t afraid to share them with you!

Julia doesn’t just take to the stage, she owns it. Her unique style of storytelling is delivered with such honesty and at a blisteringly energising pace that a shirt full of sore ribs is guaranteed!

The highlight of any bill, Julia has headlined comedy events all over the world, thrilling audiences in Britain, Australia, South Africa, Croatia, Germany and Canada with her dynamic, gutsy performances on stage, tv, radio and film.

“Wilson is as tough as a sack full of nails… takes you on a taste defying ride you won’t forget in a hurry.” – Drum Media, Australia

“Laughter rips through her audiences like wildfire”– ComedyLive, Australia

“Her gags are fired off faster than snakebites in a mongoose cage…There’s nothing like laughing at other people’s misfortunes, and no guilt if you can claim you were scared into it… Be warned.” – TNT Magazine, UK

“Brilliant” – Three Weeks, Scotland



Marty Lappan was born funny to a family of radio/TV hosts and musicians, who quickly recognised his unique take on reality and (what?) rules as an entertainer’s gift!  Marty himself didn’t realise how much natural talent he had until he bit the bullet and pushed himself on stage at St Kilda’s famous and iconic ‘Espy’ Esplanade Hotel in the mid-nineties.  He was cutting his comedy teeth among the household names of Hughesy, Dave O’Neil, Greg Fleet, and the irrepressible and sorely missed Dave Grant.  This amazing talent pool provided a springboard to successful gigs at all the major Melbourne comedy clubs and beyond, including guest spots on Hughesy and friends Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) show, among others.

Within a year of his comedy debut, Marty had teamed up with good mate Chris Franklin to perform their own MICF show: The Bushie and the Bogan. Their shows had rave reviews and sell out audiences in Melbourne, and again at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. They toured nationally, and crowned their success by writing and performing the acclaimed share-house comedy A Room with a View at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

The corporate world soon heard about him. Marty has performed for companies as diverse as Australia Post (Philatelists Division), RAAF, Australian Army, Australian Navy, Toyota, St Kilda Football Club, as well as Grand Final Breakfasts for the Richmond and Melbourne Football Clubs (not on the same day!)

Performing stand-up is Marty’s first love, but he also has an impressive range of TV credits to his name, i.e. Hey Hey It’s Saturday, The Russell Gilbert Show, The James O’Loghlin Show, Full Frontal, Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules, and Headliners, as well as the Comedy Channel and YouTube.  Marty’s radio gigs include Lappan It Up,The Shed, and Sports Unlimited.

Live theatre also found it’s way into Marty’s repertoire as he played three characters in the cult classic and award winning He Died with a Falafel in His Hand.

Marty’s international work has included performances at world famous venues such as The London Comedy Store, the Jongleurs circuit of comedy rooms, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

As a performer, Marty has a unique understanding of all aspects of running the best of nights! He proved that in the late-oughties by running successful comedy rooms across Melbourne, calling on his enormous circle of talented mates, and mentoring up and coming comedy talent, passing on valuable lessons from experience. His comedy rooms were magnets for the best performers and it showed. He knows how to make people laugh!

Marty’s enjoying his current circuit of stand up gigs in the far north, and planning tours to nearby Asia….and beyond!

Thursday 26 April

Women Like Us
Book Launch

Not sure what to get Mum for mother’s day? Why not the Women Like Us book? Launching 1 May nationally but available first at the Big Gig at the Ballina RSL.  A funny, insightful, down to earth read

that talks about the challenges of being a mother, a woman..and a nice person.
Mandy and Ellen will be there on the night to personally sign the books!


Thursday 31 May

Headline: Mick Neven
Support: Dave Eastgate
MC: Mandy Nolan

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


Mick’s Website

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.



Dave’s Website

Dave Eastgate is an actor, stand-up comedian, writer and musician who lives in Sydney, Australia. In 2017 he starred in the ABC/BBC/Comedy Central US smash hit, Ronnie Chieng: International Student and was nominated for a Logie Award for his portrayal of a cancer patient in Channel 9’s critically acclaimed drama series, Doctor Doctor.

In 2015, Dave starred alongside his comedy idols, Glenn Robbins, Magda Szubanski, Gina Riley & Jane Turner in the Comedy Channel’s flag ship, sketch comedy series, Open Slather. The series ran for 20 episodes and featured Dave in sketches alongside, UFC Champ Ronda Rousey & Grammy Award Winner, Sting.

Other credits include the multi-award winning ABC comedy series, A Moody Xmas & it’s sequel, The Moody’s, as well as Maximum Choppage, Soul Mates, and Channel 9’s hugely successful comedy, Here Come The Habibs.

Stand-up comedy remains Dave’s staple as he tours extensively around Australia and internationally in NZ, UK, US, Singapore and even in the Middle East for the Australian Defence Force. In 2012 Dave shared the stage with Academy Award Winner, Robin Williams during his Australian tour and considers it a career highlight. Other highlights include playing sold out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 & 2012 & performing at the UK’s biggest heavy metal festival ‘Download’ in 2012. In addition to this Dave has supported touring international comics such as Arj Barker, Rich Fulcher, Jim Jefferies, Jeff Ross and Ross Noble. Dave has appeared as a stand-up comedian on Channel 9’s Mornings, SBS’s The Full Brazilian, Channel 10’s Thursday Night Live and the Comedy Channel’s Stand Up Australia and Just For Laughs at The Sydney Opera House.

Dave has truly cemented himself as one of the best live comedy acts in the country. It’s this reputation that landed him gigs as the audience warm-up for Big Brother, Australian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Australia’s Got Talent, The X-Factor & The Voice. His corporate clients now include Westpac, NAB, McDonald’s, P&O, Jim Beam Global, Microsoft Australia, Virgin Mobile (UK), Irun Bru (UK), Blundstones, ALH Group and The Gold Coast Titans Rugby League Club.

Outside of comedy and acting however is Dave’s passion for rock n’ roll. In 2013, his band, Dave Eastgate & Boner Contention, were the house band for the ABC sketch comedy show, Wednesday Night Fever, performing the opening and closing titles, stings and original numbers written by Dave, himself. For the past two years they have held a weekly residency at Australia’s premiere rock venue, Frankie’s Pizza by The Slice, where they host LIVE Hard Rockin Karaoke, a night when regular punters can sing their favourite rock tunes, with arguably, the hardest band in Australia!

A penchant for performing began as a child growing up in Papua New Guinea where his father was stationed as a diplomatic attaché with the Australian Defence Force. The family moved to the Gold Coast when Dave was a teenager and the self confessed “black sheep” began his professional career performing characters, stunts and music in the Queensland resort town’s famous theme parks, theatre restaurants and comedy clubs from the age of 16.

In 2001 at the age of 21 Dave headed to Osaka to work as a street/stunt performer at Universal Studios Japan. Immersed in the language and the culture of Japan, Dave spent 5 years performing his own characters, stunts and music. During this time Dave also toured the country as a singer/guitarist with a Japanese punk band, performed Japanese stand-up comedy and made several television and radio appearances… IN FLUENT JAPANESE!!!

A short stint backpacking and performing open-mics in NY, LA, Toronto and the UK followed before Dave would return to Oz in 2006 determined to “work his ass off” touring stand-up clubs and pubs around Australia, audition for anything he could get and form the greatest band on earth. In the ten years since, that decision has truly paid off.

 “…bracingly demystifies musical comedy to the point that Flight of the Conchords appear corporate scum next to him”

 **** Fest Mag UK

“…a genius to his timing – a talent not to be underestimated…”

 **** Three Weeks UK

 “…unleashes musical thunder with a laughter-packed set of songs…”

 **** Metro UK

 “F***ing Beauiful, man!” 

Academy Award Winner Robin Williams