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!’



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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 June 27

Headline: Jason ‘Rash’ Ryder
Support: Aaron Pratt
MC: Mandy Nolan

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



Over a period of more than 3 decades, Jason ‘Rash’ Ryder has amassed a huge catalogue of live comedy, film, television and radio credits. He is currently focused on cruise line entertainment, corporate events and motivational seminars with World Champion Surfer Cheyne Horan.

Jason’s original talent has allowed him to travel the world. He is also very proud to be recognised and rated as the current the No 1 booked comedian on Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines. He is very much enjoying the adventure and is achieving fantastic feedback and opportunities for creative writing and improvisation.

Jason is a gifted improviser with his quick wit and timing he is able to cater to individual requests and corporate requirements to ensure a stress free and memorable event. His comedy style is adaptable and flexible; he has entertained small intimate crowds through to large festival events. Jason is reliable, well-presented, easy to work with and ever the professional; always arriving early to events to ensure smooth running and to help with heading off of any potential issues, if required.

In the live comedy arena, Jason is one of Australia’s most experienced performers, as both a feature comedy act and MC/Host; he was the favoured host for the Comedy Channel for many productions. He has featured in all of Australia’s top live comedy venues, events and festivals; both here and overseas, such as the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Festival. He has also toured extensively throughout regional Australia; in addition to performances in London, New York and for the troops in Afghanistan.

His vast catalogue of practical experience and career development has allowed Jason to become one of the most useful and popular corporate humourists in Australia. His genuine knockabout Aussie style and accessible material has won him dedicated fans in this most challenging area of entertainment. A major bonus for any client wishing to utilise Jason’s comedic services is his ability to liaise with the client to ensure his material and performance are uniquely suited to their needs.

Since commencing live comedy, Jason has twice been nominated for the ‘MO Comic of the Year Award’, which puts him in the company of such legendary names as Vince Sorrenti, Will Anderson and Jimeoin.

Jason has also produced his own shows for the Comedy Channel – ‘Dawn and Barry’, a clay animation production reviewing the Olympics (with a 6 hr live to air turn over). It was a world first and saw Jason nominated for an Astra Award. Jason has also written two books; ‘Rash’s A – Z of Lying’ and ‘The A – Z of the Best Jokes in the World’ (Pan Macmillan), both have had great success in Australia and the UK. He has also written, produced and appeared in his own music video – ‘Something about Australia’.

With over 50 appearances in film and television, including guest spots on some of Australia’s most popular screen productions as well as music videos.

On radio, Jason has had his material appear nationally on the Triple M and Today networks, as part of the highly regarded ‘Home Grown Humour’ series. He has also appeared as a guest on various metropolitan stations as well as produced and performed his own radio show on Sydney’s popular Bondi FM.



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.

Thursday July 25

Headline: Lindsay Webb
Support: Greg Sullivan
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