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 well over a decade. Nolan has also been a contributor for Wendy Harmer’s online magazine The Hoopla and has been a featured guest on Q&A (ABC) and Mum's the Word (SBS).
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.
In constant demand on the corporate and comedy circuit, Nolan is a sure fire hit at Ladies Luncheons, is soon to feature at a Conference for Women parliamentarians alongside Julia Gillard and Julie Bishop, and is the headline act for the annual Outback Ladies gathering 3 hours west of Charleville.
Nolan made her return to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2015 with three sold-out shows, launching her latest comedic offering Home Truths (published by Finch Publishing).
A thrice-published author Nolan’s previous titles with Finch include What I Would Do If I Were You and Boyfriend’s We’ve all Had and Shouldn’t Have. 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 six comedy rooms from the GOld Coast to Ballina that she programs, promotes and performs in. 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 circuits. Nolan believes comedy has strong therapeutic values 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 comedy spots, 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 into 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!” Olivia Newton John
"...the country’s sharpest and wittiest comedic columnist" Bruce Elder, The Sydney Morning Herald