Who’s Mandy Nolan?…
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.
Articulate and passionate about conservation politics, Nolan MC’d 350 Australia’s Stop Adani Roadshow this year performing to thousands of people around the country and streaming Iive to well over 50 000. Nolan’s background in journalism and comedic skills come to the fore as an event facilitator and panel chair, having fronted Brisbane’s Ideas Festival Panel on GDP and Economic Growth, and at the Byron Writers Festival this year where she chaired panels with feminist writer Clementine Ford, environmental scientist Tim Flannery, maths nerd Adam Spencer, Rock n Roll bad boy Tex Perkin and the legendary Jimmy Barnes. The hour long one on one conversation she led with Jimmy Barnes was touted as the festival highlight, with over 600 people in attendance. Nolan also performed of The Conference for Women Parliamentarians alongside Julia Guilard and Julie Bishop, and is the headline act for the annual Outback Ladies gathering 3 hours west of Charleville. It was just two days before Madam Chair Bronwyn Bishop was brought down by her helicopter fiasco, and Bronny thought she was hysterical. Nolan even offered her a vol u vent.
Nolan performs regularly at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with her shows selling out. Nolan was also invited to perform at the 2016 Upfront Gala at Melbourne Town Hall showcasing the brightest female talent at the festival. Nolan was a crowd favourite, and has since been invited to tour with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as the closing feature.
In 2015 Mandy Nolan teamed up with Ellen Briggs to create Women Like Us, a two hour two woman stand up comedy show that has embarked on a national show to major festivals such as Sydney Comedy Festival, Perth Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival, capital cities and regional towns in almost 60 shows. The girls continue to travel their smash hit show around the country, in 2018 they will be publishing their first book together with plans to produce a web series by the end of the year.
Multi-talented Nolan is an accomplished comedian, artist and journalist. A self proclaimed expert on all matters feminine she writes for the Byron Echo where her weekly Soapbox has attracted the admiration and loyalty of readers for almost two decades. Nolan also writes for Mamamia, was a contributor for Wendy Harmer’s Online magazine The Hoopla and has been a featured guest on ABC’s Q&A and SBS’s Mums The Word.
A thrice published author Nolan’s previous titles with Finch include ‘What I Would Do If I Were You’ & ‘Boyfriend’s We’ve all Had and Shouldn’t have.’ Sydney Morning Herald’s Bruce Elder called Nolan ‘the country’s sharpest and wittiest comedic columnist’ . In 2015 alongside an 8 date East Coast book launch she also appeared at Bellingen Writers Festival, Byron Writers Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival and the Romance Writers of Australia Conference.
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, thats not all.
For nearly two decades Nolan has taught the gentle art of stand up comedy to over 1000 aspirants, with successful proteges 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.