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

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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!’

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 28 February 

Headline: Mandy Knight
Support: Paul McMahon
MC: Mandy Nolan

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

MANDY KNIGHT

MANDY KNIGHT

FEATURE COMEDIAN

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Time Out award winner MANDY KNIGHT has headlined all over the world including Dubai, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, South Africa and Rickmansworth.

She has appeared on television Stand-up shows including; Live at Jongleurs, The Comedy Store and The World Stands-Up for the Paramount Comedy Channel.

She was the very first female comic to MC the Jongleurs comedy chain. And the only woman currently compering The Comedy Store in London and Manchester.

Watching Knight is like being punched by an iron fist in a velvet glove. She will leave you insulted but breathless from laughter. She is not for the feint hearted or hard of thinking.

As a television actress, Mandy appeared as a main character in Jo Brand’s Like it or Lump it. She has also appeared with David Baddiel in The Baddiel Syndrome and on The Little Big Woman Radio Show.

Her other television credits include presenting various shows including Live Time (a sort of Richard and Judy style show – where she held fascinating interviews with people about things like National Cheese Week) and writing for television for ITV’s Des and Mel Show.

She is currently in development with SKY TV with a 6 x 1 hour comedy drama.

“I Might Be Single – but The Voices Keep Me Company”She has used her talents as both a stand up and fine character actress to perform three one-woman shows in Edinburgh, London and Sydney:

“Some of My Best Friends are Ginger”

“I’m In Love with the Singer from Pulp”

Her latest Edinburgh show “The Dark Knight” has played to sell-out audiences 2017/2018

 

SANDEEP TOTLANI

SUPPORT COMEDIAN

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Born and raised in India, Sandeep Totlani is a pizza eating competition winner and a trained dentist (because some stereotypes are good). Sandeep discovered Stand-up comedy by accident when he watched Russell Peters on YouTube and entered Australia’s prestigious RAW comedy competition while on a student visa. Since then he has fallen in love with all things funny and been a regular at Australian Comedy venues.

Juggling between the Indian and Western culture, Sandeep has performed comedy in 3 languages on some of the biggest stages across Australia and India supporting big time local and International acts like Danny Bhoy, Zakir Khan, Damien Power, Matt Okine, Becky Lucas, Ivan Aristegueta, Atul Khatri and Jeeveshu Ahluwalia to name-drop a few. His perspective is fresh, stage persona likeable and style of comedy, both intriguing and hilarious.

★★★★★ “Hilarious & engaging” Uber Driver

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Thursday 28 March 

Headline: Tom Siegert
Support: Anne Howe
MC: Mandy Nolan

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

TOM SEIGERT

FEATURE COMEDIAN

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Tom started stand up comedy in 2004.

Since then he has become a regular and crowd favourite at all the big comedy festivals and Australia’s top comedy venues.

Tom has become a regular on the CH9 Australian Rules Footy Show, is a head writer and actor on the Kinne Show on CH7 and is the brains behind many of the viral Sportsbet Sketches.

He had sell out seasons at the Perth Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2017 and 2018 with his hit show The Suburban Footballer. Tom’s character “The Suburban Footballer” has over 70,000 followers on Facebook and is one of the most sought after comedy acts in Australia.

Tom has a unique, punchy style of comedy that is a must see for all comedy fans.

ANNE HOWE

SUPPORT COMEDIAN

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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

 

 

Friday 26 April 

Headline: Mark McConville
Support: Alan Glover
MC: s Sorrensen

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

S SORRENSEN
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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.

MARK McCONVILLE
FEATURE COMEDIAN

 

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An accomplished Stand-Up Comedian, MC and Keynote Speaker, Mark McConville has been working in the Australian entertainment industry since 1998. With over 20 yrs of public speaking experience he is widely regarded as one of the most reliable and professional comedians in Australia.

Mark now brings his skills as a comedian and public speaker to the field of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. In 2018 he graduated from Griffith University with a Masters Degree in Suicidology. Mark is also a proud recipient of the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence (2016). Subsequently he has been appointed an Honorary Position as Adjunct Lecturer at The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention AISRAP, based at Griffith University’s Mt Gravatt Campus.

Mark McConville the comedian and Mark McConville the Suicidologist are two very different entities, however, there is one overriding truth that connects them both, you can never underestimate the power of laughter.

ALAN GLOVER
SUPPORT COMEDIAN

 

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Since 1983 Alan has been cracking ‘em up throughout Australia, from Cairns to Perth, Darwin to Melbourne and countless clubs and pubs in between. His routines are personal, ridiculous, engaging and funny, and range from the forests of Australia to the jungle of Canberra and into the rocking chair on his expansive veranda in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales.

Internationally, Alan’s honest Australian-ness has given foreign audiences a very funny and educational experience. He’s performed many times in Singapore, Canada, the USA, Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and at the beginning of this century, he spent a year in London, the busy comedy hub of the U.K.

Alan is constantly touring the Australian Festival circuit and has performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Canberra’s National Folk Festival, Newcastle Fringe, Nimbin Mardi Grass, Tamworth Country Music Festival, and the inaugural Spike Milligan Comedy Festival.

Over his 35 year career Alan has worked on television (Tough Nuts 2You’ve Got To Be JokingJust KiddingPolice Rescue); in film (WaitingExchange Lifeguard); and as a radio and TV voice-over artist.