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Interview with Ellen Briggs of Women Like Us

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Women Like Us Last Local Laughs!

If you haven’t caught a Women Like Us show, or if you can’t remember the jokes, then this is your last chance for 2019. The girls perform their last local shows this January. Ellen Briggs, aka the small one, spoke with The Echo.

Tell me the worst thing you did over Xmas?

I bought a present for a friend who was visiting, but held off giving it to her until I saw if she was giving me something first. She didn’t. I still have the present.

What’s your secret to coping with in-laws over the holiday period?

Brookie’s Gin, chocolate, and lots of fake yawning so they go to bed and then we can watch a bit of Netflix without them asking if we can change the channel because they don’t like this show. I also mow the lawn a lot even when it’s not needed. You should see our place. It looks like a golf course.

How do you shed those extra Xmas kilos?

Good question. I’m hoping I can pack them away with the Xmas tree and the tinsel. I have grown extra baubles.

What’s your ultimate holiday activity?

Summer for me is all about the cricket. I love putting the cricket on the TV and the radio, then going between swimming, eating, sleeping, and watching cricket. No adventure tours for me. I’m all about holiday no-activity.

What are your resolutions for 2019?

I always choose four so that I have a better chance of fulfilling one. So this year they are to clean out my laundry; turn 50; lose 10kg before I turn 50; and become a nicer person. I’ve got one of those in the bag.

If there were a show called Surprise Bedding, who would you like to be on it with?

Louis Theroux. He doesn’t look like he would wriggle around or snore. He’s interesting, he looks like he smells nice, and I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t want to have sex with me. In fact I’m positive he wouldn’t. He looks like a bedtime reader. We could read together then sleep very quietly.

How do you get rid of guests that won’t leave?

I put big spiders in their bedroom, then I tell them lots of stories about all the times snakes have gotten into our house, in people’s luggage, and come up through toilets. If that doesn’t work I stop offering them food.

What is ahead for Women Like Us?

Big things this year – and that’s not just my tummy! We have an overseas trip with shows planned, some festival shows, lots more regional shows, and maybe, just maybe even another book in the pipeline. I’m also going to get Mandy Nolan to love test cricket. I’m halfway there I reckon.

Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs perform Women Like Us at the Byron Services Club on Monday 14 January and the Pottsville Community Hall on Saturday 19 January.

Tix are $35 online at womenlikeus.com.au or at the club or Dune in Pottsville!

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