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Interview with Ellen Briggs about ‘Women Like Us’

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Women Like Us …

Comedians Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan take their smash hit show Women Like Us to Dunoon Sports Club this Saturday. The Echo asked Ellen a few quick questions.

Women Like Us has reached 180 shows and counting – what is the secret of your success?

It’s no secret – we work really, really bloody hard. We make sure we fill rooms whatever way we can – whether that’s putting up posters and road side signs or doing ridiculous promo videos in our undies in places like the bucket of a tractor! Also we are really funny – that’s a huge part of it too.

Are women still underrepresented in comedy?

I see more and more women on the circuit now – I do feel like the environment for women is changing, but there are definitely still more men than women working the stage. It doesn’t mean they are better – they just think they are. Women are trained to believe they aren’t interesting, and that holds a lot of women back.

What’s the highlight of your comedy career?

It would be easy to say the MICF, performing in front of 2,000 people in a gala event – which was amazing – but some of the outback gigs are my favourites. Our Croppa Creek show brought 200 people together in a hall, in the middle of a drought, and for some it was the first time they’d seen each other for months. It’s great to be a part of that.

People must say stupid things sometimes when you come off stage? What’s your most annoying quip?

I hate it when they grab at me – like my arse or my boobs. I don’t even like people I love doing that! And when they tell a gross story and say ‘You should use that!’.

Women Like Us have started producing a regular podcast – what is your vision with that? How do people find it?

We used to do lots of FB live videos and people loved the random things we talked about – this is an extension of that I guess. We want people to feel like they’re just having a chat with us and a laugh – but we also touch on issues that grind our gears, so it’s always interesting!

What should we expect for the show at Dunoon this weekend?

This show is the material born from COVID-19 lockdown so we’re excited to be back! It’s got all new jokes but the same fun and funky dance moves – not just in undies though, it’s too cold.

Watch the big girls fly at Dunoon Sports Club this Saturday at 8pm. Doors at 7pm. Tix are $40 at womenlikeus.com.au.

This is a Dine and Discover registered event.

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