Kids should be laughed at...

Funny Kids is a stand-up comedy workshop being run by Mandy Nolan at the Byron Community Centre from January 22-24.

For Mandy (who has taught stand-up to over 800 people) teaching stand-up comedy is not just about teaching kids to perform.

I really believe that stand-up comedy is the ultimate resilience building tool, she said. Theres this adage that when you can laugh at something you can survive it teaching kids to laugh at their struggles is a fantastic coping mechanism.

Mandy Nolan is the festival director for The Big Joke, Bangalows first comedy festival (which will give Bangalow a huge belly laugh in February), and its part of her wider vision for the festival to have the kids working alongside local, national and international acts.

Following the initial classes there will be one-on-one sessions with Mandy and two rehearsals with microphones in a performance setting to get the little comic stars ready for their Big Joke performance on Saturday, February 10.

There are limited places available for the workshop (its open to children between the ages of 10 and 15) and the fee is $100. To register phone 6684 3443 or 0422 701 680.

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