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 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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Thursday 31 August

Headline: Dusty Rich
Support: David McNevin
MC: Mandy Nolan

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

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DUSTY RICH

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A comedic space-warrior riding a living volcano with one hand whipping the reins and the other gingerly fingering the lava-hot truth that flows freely down all sides – is smothering the world in comedy magma.

His meteoric rise in the Comedy Industry is due to the fact he had learnt to ride meteors at a very young age – a mind meteor, smashing through the atmosphere of mediocre and mundane. Each show is unpredictable and hilarious, leaving audiences gasping for air.

A true original, his style is manic but impactful. The mystical art of comedy bursts through his veins (and mouth) coupled with his razor sharp wit, taking no prisoners. Dusty Rich is, without question, an unnaturally naturally talented comedic anomaly.

Whether he’s in a suit and tie, earning that corporate cashola; in a vest and beard rousing everyone at a comedy club, or loud as rock ‘n roll in front of five thousand strong, he has to be seen to be believed.

 

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PAUL McMAHON

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Paul McMahon is comedian based in the Byron Shire and has gained success with his laid back style of observational humour that we can all relate to. He has been a Triple J RAW comedy QLD state finalist two years in a row and was winner of the 2010 ‘Village Idiot’ comedy competition at the Bangalow Big Joke comedy festival.

An ex bank manager turned comedian, Paul has been a regular on the Australian comedy circuit. He has performed alongside, Tommy Dean, Frank Woodley, Steady Eddie, Ronny Chang, Austen Tayshus,, Tom Gleeson, Dave O’Neil, Chris Franklin, Akmal Saleh and recently opened for US comedian Doug Stanhope on his Australian tour… Paul is a regular performer at the Basement comedy at the Gold Coast Arts centre and is in demand on comedy circuits with his laid back style of observational humour. Paul performed with huge success to large audiences at Woodford Folk Festival, Nimbin Mardi Grass, Falls festival and his successful solo show “Hippycritical’ which he performed at the Brisbane Fringe Comedy festival.

Paul is the polite, quietly spoken guy next door who says what he really thinks on stage. Fathers, girlfriends, friends, shopkeepers, in fact everyone will be able to relate to Paul’s easy going nature and hilarious perspective on life.

Paul McMahon has a knack for observation. In a world of comedy where sometimes it feels that everything has been said, Paul is able to go in and come up with fresh ideas. He’s unobtrusively laid back on stage, and is capable of taking the audience by the short and curlies with a killer punch line. Paul McMahon is a funny bloke. Watch out for him.  Mandy Nolan

I was late for my own gig because I didn’t want to miss a thing this witty hippy saidChris Franklin –

Not only is Paul very funny, he has the best hair of any comedian I have ever met.- Akmal Saleh

 

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Thursday 28 September 

Headline: Jeff Green
Support: Aaron Pratt
MC: Mandy Nolan

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

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JEFF GREEN

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“★★★★★ makes you want to laugh with him, and stays with you long after the lights go down” Broadway Baby (UK)

“One of the greats of pure laugh-out-loud comedy”  Herald Sun

Award-winning British comedian Jeff Green has become a well known face and voice on Australian TV and radio since arriving for his first Melbourne International Comedy Festival performance here in 1996. Amongst his many Australian TV credits are Spicks and Specks (ABC), Good News Week (Ten) as well as numerous appearances on the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala (Ten). More recently two of his stand-up specials Jeff Green – Up West and Back From The Bewilderness were shown on consecutive prime time Saturday night ABC 1.

Now an Australian resident (he has an Australian wife, some have accused him of social climbing but he disputes that), Jeff is hugely in demand in the UK, Europe and Asia – his stand-up comedy background is impressive: A solo West-End season and three full length UK TV comedy specials.

Jeff has performed for scores of corporate clients including a large spectrum of European and Australian Industry: Virgin, Bluescope Steel, BMW, British Gas, Scottish Publican’s Association, BOSS Industry Awards, Northern Housing Awards, Education Resources, Airwave Star Awards, Affinity Media, Channel Four Television and Deloitte.

“Jeff performed tremendously as the MC at one of our recent events. He understood the corporate objective and was able to deliver the message with comedic wit. Jeff was such a pleasure to work with that we would jump at the opportunity to book him again and would strongly recommend him to other clients.”  Senior Event Manager, The Event Emporium

A best selling author with his books selling over 300,000 copies. Jeff is well known on UK radio and TV; his BBC Radio 2 comedy series The Green Guide To Life attracted audience averages of over 3 million radio listeners. His recent UK TV appearances include Celebrity Masterchef(twice), Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow (both BBC1) and as team captain on Bill Bailey’s Birdwatching Bonanza (Sky 1).  In 2013, he released a new DVD titled Jeff Green Live! which was recorded at Hobart’s Theatre Royal.

In 2015 Jeff returned to Edinburgh Fringe by invitation to perform a season for legendary Fringe venue The Gilded Balloon’s 30th anniversary, where he once again achieved critical acclaim and sold-out shows.

“Pin-sharp comedy beautifully delivered is the trade-mark” The London Evening Standard

”Laugh for laugh Jeff is one of the best comedians in the land” The Guardian

”[The audience] couldn’t help but be won over by his wit and intelligence” Adelaide Advertiser

”An excellent comedian who knows how to make us laugh, Jeff Green is fast becoming a national treasure” Daily Mirror UK

 

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AARON PRATT

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Aaron started performing stand-up comedy at the ripe age of 32 in September 2012, shortly after he realised that his life was more like a sitcom than reality.

His unique humour was forged in the fiery pits of South Auckland (aka Mordor). This 6’2”, 180kg, Polynesian powerhouse will bring the house down, the structural support beams and any other aspect of the establishment not rated for his big laughs or excess body mass.

Aaron is considered amongst many as the best value comic (if based on a $ per kg ratio).

Aaron’s short stories about growing up a little different to everyone else, mistaken identity and Australia vs New Zealand are packed with LOLZ, ROLF’s and PMSL.

Aaron’s off beat slow and easy delivery style of joke telling got him through to the Triple J Raw Comedy Queensland State Final in both 2014 & 2015.

Rated “O” for Osome, this gentle giant will leave you in stitches; and not the usual type of stitches you get from laughing at someone his size.

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