28th January

Mandy Nolan’s

Comedy Writing and Performance Workshop 1

Plesae Note: Workshop 1 SOLD OUT

Spaces Available in Workshop 2 (4th March)

Workshop 2 covers exactly the same content, exercises and material,

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To book your place in

Comedy Writing Workshop 2 on the 4th March,

See below for more info about the class content:


Learn the art and craft of writing and performing stand up comedy from one of the true legends of stand up comedy, a 25 year veteran of standing in on stage, making people laugh and laugh and laugh till they cry,

Mandy Nolan.
Prepare yourself to win your RAW Comedy heat

and make 2018 the year you take your stand up comedy to the next level.

28th Jan, Mullum Ex Services Club,

9am – 5pm

$100 per student

(Limit of 12 places)





Kids Comedy Class With Mandy Nolan

Local comedian and columnist, Mandy Nolan is running a comedy class for local children.

  FUNNY KIDS, is an 8 week comedy course for kids to learn how to write comedy material, construct jokes, and perform their material on stage the class gives children valuable experience in public speaking, and performing live on stage, essential formative experience for all kids.

  Class concludes with in a comedy performance by the kids for parents and friends –

8 Week course, 6th February – 27th March. 



Two different classes for to different age groups

8-10 YEAR OLDs:

Every Tuesday

Beginning on Tuesday the 6th Feb until the Tuesday, 27th March.

8-10 year olds Click Here to book.

11-12 YEAR OLDs:

Every Wednesday

Beginning on Wednesday the 7th Feb for 8 weeks until,

Wednesday, 28th March

11-12 year olds Click Here to book


4th March

Mandy Nolan’s

Comedy Writing and Performance Workshop 2

Brush up on you comedy writing and performance skills with tuition by one of the

legends of comedy,

Mandy Nolan.

Learn the techniques Mandy has developed over her

30 years of performing stand up comedy.

4th March, Mullum Ex Services Club,

9am – 5pm

$100 per student

(Limit of 12 places)

Click here to book



 Past Workshops –


Stand Up for Dementia

Stand up for dementia is a peer reviewed nationally recognised humour therapy program designed by Mandy Nolan for people living in the community with dementia.  The program takes people with dementia through a fun and engaging process and teaches them how to perform comedy over 6 – 8 weekly session working up to an in class performance. Stand Up for Dementia  has been shown to improve sociability communication, general well-being. happiness and memory of people with dementia.

The Stand Up for Dementia program has developed a Facilitator training package that teaches how to deliver the Stand- Up program to people with dementia.

Published study on dementia program in International journal: Dementia

(*Stevens J. 2012  Stand up for dementia: Performance, improvisation and stand up comedy as therapy for people with dementia; a Grounded Theory approach. Dementia 11 (1) 61-73.)


Byron Shire Respite Service – 8 Classes delivered to Byron Respite @ Brunswick Community Centre  2


  • Byron Shire Respite Service – 5 Classes Delivered to Murwillumbah Dementia group with end performance
  • Baptist Community Services NSW & ACT BCS Care Centre, Alstonville
    8 week delivery of program with final performance x 1
  • BDSCA – 8 Classes delivered to Ballina Respite


  • Baptist Community Services NSW & ACT BCS Care Centre, Alstonville
    8 week delivery of program with final performance x 3
  • Byron Shire Respite Service – 8 Classes Delivered to Grafton Dementia group with end performance, Casino,
  • Department of Health & Ageing/Southern Cross Uni – delivery of 2 day Facilitator training for 20 participants from across Australia


  • Baptist Community Services NSW & ACT BCS Care Centre, Alstonville
    8 week delivery of program with final performance x 1
  • Feros Care – 7 week delivery of program with final performance


  • SARRAH National Conference Project Presentation with researcher John Stevens

Community Based Projects

With a background in the community sector and in collaborative theatre Mandy Nolan uses her comedy workshops to create a variety of humour based shows that aim to reframe negative stereotypes and empower participants through the act of story telling and performance.


  • The Dreaming Festival – Indigenous Cultural Festival Woodford – Conduct comedy workshop with 10 indigenous men and women for festival comedy performance.
  • Caloundra Community Centre
    Shooting From My Hip ReplacementComedy Workshop and performance by group reframing ageing
  • Rotorua Arts Village New Zealand – Stand up comedy workshop for Maori participants finishing with a final performance


  • Caloundra Community Centre – Facilitate, create and MC Seniors Week Photographic Project ‘Senior Moments’
  • Lismore Council, Byron Shire Council – Seniors Week: Shooting From My Hip Replacement – Comedy Workshop and performance by group reframing ageing


  • Caloundra Community Centre
    Vintage Cheek – choreograph and create Fashion parade for Seniors week (dance & comedy)


  • Byron Breast Cancer Group – 2 hour comedy workshop


Corporate Workshops

In her Corporate Workshops Nolan presents the ultimate challenge. Perform your own stand up comedy routine. This has been compared to the intellectual version of a bungey jump, with participants having to overcome their anxieties around public speaking. Along with stand up comedy techniques Nolan also teaches participants how to be better communicators, presenters, and how to reframe daily challenges with humour.


  • Passion Maps Sydney – Work with Life Coaching organisation to teach creatives stand up – end with final performance X 2


  • Passion Maps – Auckland New Zealand – work with Life Coaching organisation to teach  creatives stand up


  • Entrepreneurs Organisation – Sydney – 3 hour workshop for Entrepeneurs’ Group at Byron Seminar
  • Kay Barker Accounts – Facilitate comedy Workshop in Sydney at Luna Park with Corporate Leaders


Funny in the Head

Funny In the Head is a stand up comedy project for people with Lived Experience of Mental Health. During the workshop process Mandy encourages participants to reframe their daily struggles and to challenge the stereotypes and misconceptions around mental illness that they face on a daily basis. At the end of the workshop participants present their 3-5 minute routines in a comedy show with Nolan as the MC. These shows are always hysterical, moving and powerful!

Stand Up comedy for People with Lived Experience of Mental Health


  • Queensland Health – Mental Health Week – Facilitate Workshop with final performance For Gold Coast Mental Health Service


  • Queensland Health – Out of the Box Mental Health Conference, Wide Bay SE Qld – Facilitate workshop with conference performance.
  • Queensland Health – Funny in the Head Project with Workplace theme – facilitate workshop with end performance


Stand Up Comedy Classes – Community

Since 1997 Mandy Nolan has taught Stand Up Comedy through Byron Shire’s Community College. Unconvinced she would fill her first class, she has now taught over 1000 people with the course still filling to capacity every term. During the 6 weekly 3 hour classes Nolan teaches students how to find their original world view, how to reframe challenges with comedy and how to turn those niggles and irritations into a killer comedy routine. Every class finishes with a Virgin Sacrifice hosted by Nolan and showcasing new comedians. These have become something of a cult comedy event where Nolan lives, with shows ALWAYS packed to the rafters. Nolan’s comedy teaching success stories include Hannah Gadsby and Ellen Briggs.

1997 – Present Day

  • Byron Adult Community College – Teach 6 week stand up comedy class (3 hours per week) with final graduation stand up performance. At 4 terms each year, with approximately 14 students per class (totally over 1000 students)


Funny Kids

If adults can be taught to reframe life’s challenges through comedy then why not kids? Comedy comes naturally to kids and Nolan believes that if you teach kids to be critical thinkers at an early age and to find humour in adversity then you have given them one of the key building blocks for resilience. Nolan delivers weekly classes, teaching the kids basic comedy techniques, focusing on improvisation and coming up with original ideas. This class ends with a live performance hosted by Nolan and featuring young comedians in the spotlight. It’s simply breathtaking.

2008 & 2009

  • Big Joke Comedy Festival – Work with 20 kids 8 – 12 years of age to create comedy performance


  • D’Alliance Festival Currumbin RSL
    Funny Kids stand up comedy performance as Festival Event – 15 kids perform 3minutes stand up comedy each after a weekend workshop (8 – 12 age group)


  • Waverly Council. Facilitate 3 day workshop with end performance for 8 –12 year olds at Bondi Pavillion


  • Funny Kids Comedy Project  -Byron Community Centre – 10 week private after school  program – workshop with end performance for 8 –12 year olds x 2 deliveries

2013 & 2014 

  • Mullumbimby – 10 week  private after school  program – workshop with end performance for 8 –12 year olds x 2 deliveries


  • St John’s College Woodlawn – 3 hour comedy Class for YR 9 English Students

2017 – October

  • 6 week course, Local Byron Children aged 9-12, culminating a stand up comedy performance at the end of the course.