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Women Like Us


 ‘Totally relatable…charismatic female Comedy! Had the crowd in Stitches!’ Glamadelaide

 Women Like Us comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs bring their evil charm and their smash hit show Women Like Us to the Hervey Bay RSL on Saturday 14th October. These girls are different from your usual comedians. For a start they’re women. They’re mothers. They’re middle aged and they are country girls. And, they’re from Mullumbimby.

With over 60 sold out shows to their credit the girls have performed to packed houses at Sydney Comedy Festival’s Enmore Theatre, Brisbane’s Sit Down Comedy and sell out shows at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe and Perth Festival, the girls have also taken their unique comedy to halls, pubs, clubs and theatres in the outback. ‘No town is too small for us!’ laughs Nolan who hails from Wondai Queensland and proudly calls herself a ‘small town girl.’

Women Like Us is two hours of stand up comedy – an hour a piece. This isn’t your regular stand up comedy show. This is as one review described it ‘a two Tena pad show’. These are untold laugh out loud women’s stories, smack bang centre stage. 

Small town showgirls, there are few sacred cows that Briggs and Nolan shy away from milking, with seven children and thirty five years stage time between them, their 'failure to parent' is the focus of their material, along with the beauty industry, getting older, getting fatter, strange surgeries, weird TV shows, obsessions, frustrations, and at the end of the day, who unpacks the dishwasher.

Mandy Nolan is a columnist for the Byron Shire Echo, and writes regularly for Mamamia. She has appeared on ABC's Q&A, SBS's Mums The Word & About Women and is in demand as a corporate and club performer around the country. Ellen Briggs is a national Finalist for RAW comedy and winner of Foxtel Comedy Channel's Be A Comedian.

Performing in the sold out Up Front showcase at Melbourne Comedy Festival this year, these two were clearly the comedy picks of the night. One reviewer raved ‘Two totally relatable ladies who hit the nail on the head of charismatic female comedy. Prepare yourself to be hunched over in hysterics!’

Ellen and Mandy talk about housework, chickens, love, big undies, disappointment, resentment, sex when you’re drunk, fit bits, yoga farts and being a menopausal woman dealing with teenage angst everything just fell into place.

When coming up with a show title, Women like Us just turned up. ‘They’re Women Like Us’ laughs Mandy. ‘Our audiences love our shows because our lives are like theirs. We’re not rarefied trophy wives. We’re capable overworked, overwhelmed and totally over it women! And because of sharing stories like that…women like us!’

For Mandy Nolan, with thirty years as a comedian under her belt, finding a comedy soul mate has been a godsend. ‘It’s a lonely life being a comic. You perform on the stage to adoring appreciative crowds, but most of the time you’re in a transit lounge, or in the car, or sitting out back behind a pot plant until show time. Having someone along for the ride is just fantastic!’

Ellen Briggs never intended to be a comedian. She just wanted to write a book. That's why just over a decade ago she enrolled in Mandy’s stand up comedy class. ‘If the sole purpose of teaching over 1000 people was just to get someone with Ellen’s talent and ability up on the stage, it was well worth it. I’d hate to think what would have become of her if she hadn’t found her feet as a comedian. She just had too many stories to waste on her Labrador. It’s a real privilege to share the stage with someone like her. She’s a knock out.’

Women Like Us is a riot. Audiences have complained of aching stomach muscles, sore jaws, and at one show a woman actually injured herself when she laughed so much she slipped from her chair onto the floor!

‘We want to make you laugh, but most of all we want you to go home feeling good about yourself. Women spend too much time not liking themselves, beating themselves up for being too old, too fat, a bad mum, a terrible cook, a bad wife, but we just say, hey, its what makes us human! Celebrate Your Imperfection!’

Hervey Bay RSL, Saturday 14th October @ 8pm.

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