Saturday 21 July
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$35 | 18+ Event
Women Like Us at Woolgoolga!
It’s been two and a half years on the road for Women Like Us comedians Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan who have chalked up an impressive 72 shows performing to almost 20 000 people from Moree to Melbourne, Townsville to Tamworth, Bundaberg to Brisbane, Surfers to Sydney, Pottsville to Perth! Just 18 months ago they filled Perth’s State Theatre and the Heath Ledger and after requests from fans in WA they made their way back to the Perth Fringe earlier this year where they scored themselves a nomination for Best Comedy Act at what is the world’s third biggest Fringe Festival. Pretty impressive for a couple of wise cracking middle aged mums with too much muffin top and not enough restraint!
Women Like Us has found a unique niche in the comedy market, speaking to a demographic of women who don’t always hear their stories told on stage. The two call themselves ‘the bogan woman’s thinking woman and the thinking woman’s bogan’. Women Like Us isn’t just a comedy show. It’s become a movement!
The show is an hour of stand up comedy, half an hour a piece by these powerful, no holes barred, tell it how it is pin up girls for what they call Real Women. ‘We want our comedy to demystify a lot of the garbage that we’re fed about being women’ says Briggs. ‘We tell everyday stories about our struggles, our failure to parent, the beauty industry, getting fatter, strange surgeries, obsessions, frustrations, and at the end of the day ‘who unpacks the dishwasher’.
The show sells out at nearly every stop. Something that initially surprised the two comedians, but now re-inforces what they call ‘a need for truth.’
‘Sure we’re making jokes’ says Nolan, who’s known to push the bucket under a few sacred cows and pull down hard ‘but in the end if you laugh at something you disempower it. Women are leaving our show thanking us not just for how much they laughed, but because they said we made them feel normal!’
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. The two women have well over 30 years of comedy experience between them, and this May they look forward to launching Women Like Us, the book!
Briggs and Nolan performed at the sold out Up Front showcase at Melbourne Comedy Festival at Melbourne Town Hall in 2016, 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!’
But this isn’t just a show for women This is a show for men who love women. Men who have mothers. Sisters. Wives. And Daughters. Men who work with women. Women Like Us is an opportunity for blokes to step inside the female psyche and get an insight into what we really think. So often women leave the show declaring ‘I wish I had bought my husband! He needed to hear this!’
Although the show does come with a warning for men who don’t like women. Stay in the car.
Women Like Us guarantees an hour of non stop laughter with crowds declaring it the funniest show they’ve seen. The most common refrain is ‘I can’t believe you girls aren’t on TV!’ TV wouldn’t handle Women Like Us. It has to be seen to be believed!