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Comedy at the country club

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Mandy and Nick’s latest comedy assault is planned on the seaside township of Ocean Shores. ‘I can’t believe I’ve never done a show at Ocean Shores!’ says Nolan. ‘For too long, this very lovely and idyllic place has been called nasty things like ‘Open Sores’. How rude! I’m going to Ocean Shores to get some comedy karma!’


Mandy Nolan has been living in Byron Shire for over 20 years. She arrived here young, beautiful, childless and single ‘and now, two decades on,’ she laughs ‘I’m middle aged, overweight, with five kids, a third marriage and a mortgage. I am living the Australian dream! And I have so much more to talk about!’ Nolan has just been invited to appear on Nick Mums, a comedic showcase of funny mums destined for the US. Mothering is something Nolan loves to talk about, declaring ‘it’s time we started telling each other the truth about what really happens!’ Mandy is currently working on her second book, Boyfriends We’ve All Had and Shouldn’t Have (be afraid) the follow-up to her very popular book on the front lines of family life: What I would Do If I were You. She has been a regular columnist for the Byron Echo for over a decade with her Soapbox tickling the funny bones of the masses on a weekly basis. Now it’s online, she’s found an even wider crowd. ‘I get people from all over the world contacting me about my online blog and my column. It’s amazing. I can’t believe anyone would have the time to find out what some loudmouth in Mullumbimby has to say, but clearly they do!’


If you don’t want to hear a woman rabbiting on about her daily grind, then Penn is the antidote. Ironically it is Penn who delivers the voice of reason, in a solid hour of comedy that is as clean as Nolan’s routine is dirty. Laconic, dry, with a penchant for joke telling, Penn is always a hit.


Mandy Nolan and Nick Penn appear at the Ocean Shores Country Club on Saturday December 8.

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