Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan are two funny, funny ladies.
Straight-talking independent women who shoot straight from the lip and keep the stories coming, the kind of sparkly, charismatic women who, if you met at a dinner party you would be enthralled, chin in hands as they deliver one funny, entertaining tale after the other.
Armed with a repertoire chock full of Mum jokes, Mullumbimby hippy digs and witty, intelligent tales about waxing, trying on clothes and having to deal with snooty shop assistants, (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg) their humour is warm, sometimes politically incorrect and always entertaining.
Too often there is a lot of pressure on women in the traditionally male-dominated industry of stand up to prove themselves. Ellen and Mandy knock it out of the park without having to resort to the lowest common denominator, minimising every day first world struggles of middle-class women, inviting the audience to laugh about every day trivial things and reaching a connection with everyone within five minutes of hitting the stage.
They are genuinely just a couple of naturally engaging, comical chicks.
At the end of Mandy’s set, we were even treated to an interpretive dance involving a pair of skinny jeans and Kiss’s ‘God Gave Rock and Roll to You’ – depicting a struggle all women know too well, and the sold out Newport Bowls Club crowd loved it!
Ellen and Mandy brought their two-women show to the Newport Bowls Club for 3 nights and was brought to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival by Stellavision who produced and also performed in the season as part of the Newport Comedy Room’s showcase of Comedians.
There are a few tickets left for their Saturday night show, if you are looking for a fun, intelligent girl’s night out, a bottle of wine and meal at bowls club prices, jump on it.
Photo credits: Smurphotography, 2016.
Where: Newport Bowls Club, 4 Market Street Newport
When: Until 16 April