Updated: Oct 13
✦ The smash hit touring show 'Women Like Us' comes to Port Macquarie’s Glasshouse Theatre on Friday 11 November. Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan are comedians cognisant of the fact that it’s a significant date. ‘11/11/22! Wow! They promise to give you a night to remember!’
"Our comedy just seems to resonate with women of all ages. They get us. We get them. It’s one of those nights when they get the girls together. Mum’s bring teenage daughters and grandmas. Dad stays at home and watches the footy. Although he’s welcome to come. Men who love women LOVE 'Women Like Us'," says Mandy Nolan, comedian and the former Greens candidate for Richmond.
Mandy almost stepped away from the comedy circuit at the Federal election, with her seat being one of three held over for a week. The full story was aired on Compass on the ABC – and while Nolan was passionate about taking her jibe to Canberra, she’s delighted to be back on the circuit. "One thing you realise after decades of touring and meeting people, is that everyone is sick of the bullshit. So if I can’t do it in parliament, I’ll call it out in a comedy room!" she says.
Calling it out is exactly what 'Women Like Us' is all about.
Together, Mandy and Ellen have performed in excess of 200 shows!
With sold out shows at Melbourne Comedy Festival and 5-star reviews, the girls have also showcased at the Women’s Gala at Melbourne Town Hall. In Adelaide at the Fringe Festival, Mandy and Ellen were officially declared ‘Goddesses’ by the Weekend Notes writer who said "everything they say and do is the absolute word of sacred truth."
'Women Like Us' is a comedy show that delivers. A Glamadelaide reviewer said, "the audience barely had time to draw breath between hearty laughs!" And it’s not just women who love this hilarious crowd pleaser. Men are wetting themselves too. And women that came with the girls echo the same sentiment, "Next time I am bringing my husband! He would love this!"
'Women Like Us' was born when the two women comics decided to step away from the male dominated comedy scene into venues where women’s stories and experiences are centre stage.
"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," says Ellen.
It’s not a show just for women, says Ellen who appeared recently on Hughsey We have A Problem. "In the same way a comedy show by two men would never be seen as a bloke’s only show, 'Women Like Us' is about making our experiences universal rather than ‘niche’. And, as it turns out, there are a lot more 'Women Like Us' out there then we ever realised. There’s even a growing tribe of 'Men Like Us' too!"
Mandy is a columnist for the Byron Shire Echo, and writes regularly for Mamamia – and she is the host of their new podcast 'The Split'. 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 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 year they released their book, 'Women Like Us' nationally.
'Women Like Us' is stand up at its best
Ellen and Mandy talk about housework, chickens, love, big undies, disappointment, resentment, sex when you’re drunk, fit bits, yoga farts and being a menopausal woman dealing with teenage angst. They’re overworked, overweight and over it...
It was perhaps the 27-year-old reviewer from Adelaide Fringe who really got what 'Women Like Us' was all about.
"I’d be offended if they weren’t considered pioneers of comedy, because they know their stuff and do that damn well! Heck it should be part of a woman’s right to be able to be blessed by Briggs and Nolan!"
Book Your Ticket Today:
Women Like Us at The Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie on Friday 11 November!
Show starts 8pm
Tix $45 plus bf