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 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 30 November
Headline: Alan Glover
Support: S Sorrensen
MC: Mandy Nolan
Doors 7.30pm Show 8pm
LEVEL ONE AUDITORIUM
Free Entry – 18+ Years
If you think you’ve have heard this name before, you’re right. Alan Glover has been dishing out gags and laughing fits for more than 3 decades now, and the show just won’t end! The internationally acclaimed superstar has rocked at local bars and pubs across Australia and the busiest comedy hubs of Europe and the Americas, becoming one of the most sought after stand-up comedians Australia has ever produced. Not just that, Alan Glover holds away over the broadest variety of audience, and is one of the very few comics who have channeled their talent to the good of society. His jokes have taken him to the Arts Health Institute where he works as a humor therapist, animating the lives of the elderly.
Alan Glover’s demeanor epitomizes the Aussie way of life, which adds to his appeal amongst foreign audiences. His jokes reach out to millions from his residence at New South Wales, as well as o millions more around the world. Contact us now to become a part of his great laughing fiesta that has been going on for 25 years!
With a laid back, casual stage presence, Alan Glover occupies a distinct position in the kingdom of comics. His followers love the way he builds up a story gently, with a lazy tone and an expressionless face, and throws the punch line at the end causing endless belly laughs! It can be safely said that his style borders the deadpan genre; cracking jokes with a straight face and killing crowds with a monotone. The ease with which Alan Glover cracks jokes makes his act look effortless and natural. This really puts him one step ahead of his contemporaries, making him funny without even trying!
A calm, not-so-raucous crowd is Alan Glover’s niche, where he is most comfortable carrying the audience along. He has delivered uproarious performance at numerous corporate ceremonies, some of which include the BMW Australia, Apple, Nokia, Nissan and Microsoft. Best suited to corporate parties and grand events, this guy should definitely be at your speed dial!
Alan Glover’s career has been quite illustrious! Apart from his frequent visits to all famous comedy hubs in the world, he has been awarded with various accolades to celebrate his success at it. A regular performer at the Australian Festival Circuit, Alan Glover has also had the honor of performing at Woodford Folk Festival, where more than 100,000 people come to cheer themselves up. He loves performing live at the grandest of stages, and has performed at various other festivals including the Spike Milligan Comedy Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Newcastle Fringe Canberra’s National Folk Festival.
The television screen too has seen a lot of this living legend on shows like Police Rescue, Tough Nuts, Just Kidding. From performing live on stage, to becoming a regular on TV, to appearing on the big screen, Alan Glover has certainly established himself as one of the most versatile and unique comedians of his times.
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.
2017 NEW YEARS EVE
THE BIG GIG & MANDY NOLAN PRESENTS
A COMEDY GALA DINNER
MANDY NOLAN – LINDSAY WEBB – MARK McCONVILLE – JOHNATHON ATHERTON
Dinner Music by GLENN MASSEY (7.15 – 8.30PM)
SUNDAY DECEMBER 31, 2017
Doors: 6.45pm – Dinner from 7.30pm – Comedy from 9pm
Group of Ten (exactly): $64.90
Best in Show for Ballina RSL NYE
For ten years now the Ballina RSL have been offering comedy lovers a chance to bring in the New Year with a laugh. With a sit down meal, and comedy right up to midnight,
this is a totally civilised way to wave goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018. Hosted by Big Gig comedian and local legend of laughter Mandy Nolan with some of her favourite funny people.
Kicking off the night is the King of crowd work, Lindsay Webb.
Lindsay Webb is more than your average standup. He has an almost mind-reader like ability to pick faces in the audience and create a show purely on where they come from and what they do. It’s genius.
Lindsay loves digital media, as regular guest on Wil Andersons FOFOP Podcast, as well as Hosting a Podcast for BP Australia (CBBP Podcast). A regular guest at 612 ABC QLD with the “Futureheads” Panel.
Next up is Mark McConville. Bringing almost 20 years of performing experience coupled with a genuine passion for ensuring everyone in the audience has a bloody good time!
“Performing is what I do, I’ve always done it, and I’ll continue to do it. Making people laugh is the best job in the world, I absolutely love it”
Having headlined and emceed all of the major comedy clubs around the country as well as regular corporate engagements and cruise ship bookings, Mark has comfortably become known as one of the most relatable comedians in the business. As a story teller Mark can keep an audience enthralled as he peppers them with punchline after punchline littered throughout real life true stories from his own experiences.
And then there’s the comedy assassin, Mr Jonathan Atherton. There is nothing quite like the Jonathan Atherton experience. Wild, passionate, lateral thinking – like the bastard love child of Bill Hicks and Robin Williams. All Darkness and Light, Atherton is now a full time resident in the Northern Rivers, after nearly a decade in Kuala Lumpur where he started The Crackhouse Comedy Club, the first ever dedicated comedy club on the Malaysian comedy scene.
He provided what he calls ‘stress relief and legal highs!’ Atherton is still in demand for gigs on the Asian circuit and travels back regularly.