For the past six weeks stand up comedian, mother, writer and mentor Mandy Nolan has been teaching the gentle art of stand up to 10 brand new initiates. We have a real estate agent, a customer service consultant, a chef, a war veteran, an information technology wizard/visual artist, a mother of boys and reiki healer, a community sector worker, a visionary, a town planner, and a builder and a carer. These students have been wowing Mandy with their enthusiasm and their new found ability.
‘This is a very funny group of people. I love teaching classes like this. Every now and then I’ll get these groups that have this incredible dynamic, where everyone is so different and strong. It’s a real pleasure teaching them. They’re naturally funny. Sometimes even I can’t believe what people say. From the most shocking comments to the woman who is a self confessed prude. We have all ends of the spectrum covered!’
Mandy has been teaching stand-up comedy through Byron Shire ACE for well over a decade. She teaches them to get in touch with their struggles, their problems, what irritates them and rise above it.
‘Comedy is the ultimate tool for revenge. It’s the place where the oppressed can take out the oppressor. Comedy heroes are all Davids. Nobody likes Goliath.’
Stand-up comedy is the ultimate way to improve your public speaking, to increase your confidence and overcome your fear of failure! Graduates all take to the stage after their short training to present their five minute comedy routine in a real live comedy setting.
With Mandy Nolan as MC, the comedy graduates fly in the face of fear at the Byron Services’ Club Pandanus Lounge on Monday 19 December at 8pm. Tix are $10/15 and can be purchased at the door or booked in advance on 666843443.