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Ellen Briggs & Mandy Nolan Confessions of Women Like Us


Ellen Briggs & Mandy Nolan Confessions of Women Like Us

Confessions by Women Like Us is the new show by stand-up comedians Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan. These mouthy mamas of mirth are lauded for their ability to dish the dirt on the everyday.

Of their two five-star reviews, one reviewer from Glamadelaide declared the audience 'barely had time to draw breath. It's not just women who love this hilarious crowd pleaser'.

Confessions by Women Like Us started out as a touring show five years ago to take the stories of seasoned comics and middle aged women on the road to speak to other women. Comedy clubs seemed so dominated by the narratives of men, and very often the young. Women Like Us was an experiment in claiming space for a section of society who often feel overlooked and underrepresented –  middle aged women. The experiment paid off. With over 150 shows under their belt, performances at Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Gold Coast festivals and a regular on the regional touring circuit for mental health drought relief functions, Women Like Us has formed something of a tribe around them.

'Everything they say is the sacred truth... they are Goddesses' said the WeekendNotes writer in Adelaide. The two women tell it how it is.

Ellen Briggs who appeared recently on Hughsey We Have A Problem says ‘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!’

Mandy Nolan 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 and About Women and is in demand as a corporate and club performer around the country. Ellen Briggs is a RAW Comedy National Finalist 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.

When they showcased as part of Upfront at Melbourne International Comedy Festival another reviewer said ‘Two totally relatable ladies who hit the nail on the head of charismatic female comedy. Prepare yourself to be hunched over in hysterics!’.

Confessions by Women Like Us is stand-up at its best, where 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. How do you navigate conspiracy theorists in a small town? Is it wrong to admit you don't like your dog? How do you deal with the death of your parents? The failures of your kids?

Confessions of Women Like Us is an autopsy on the life you're living. Is it what you expected? After a show with Mandy and Ellen, you'll feel cleansed... and probably a lot better about your life!

Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan are overworked, overweight and over it….

They are Women Like Us.

Suitable for audiences 16+

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