As most parents know kids can be very funny. They have an innate ability to see lifes ironies and double standards and transform them into humour.
Mandy Nolan (pictured) has taught stand up comedy to over 800 people, but it was earlier this year that she had her first two classes of kids. It was an experience of complete revelation for Mandy, who found herself laughing hysterically and having a silent weep at the same time.
They can be so funny and so profound. It was just amazing to see kids talk about the kind of things that matter to them, she said. The subjects ranged from bullying to pocket money, from fashion to swearing and being made to eat vegetables. One kid even had a go at God for not looking after him enough and making him cool. So often childrens entertainment is created by adults and presented by adults. This workshop presentation had immediate resonance with children and adults because these were kids stories presented by kids. Its a powerful thing to hear a 10-year-old on stage talking about how they see the world!
Mandys Funny Kids Workshop will be happening at the Byron Community Centre from January 22-24 from 10am-12pm. Following the initial classes there will also be a one on one session with Mandy and two rehearsal/workshops with microphones in a performance setting to get the kids ready for their Big Joke performance (a comedy festival in Bangalow) on Saturday, February 10.
The workshop is open to children aged 10-15. The cost is $100. To register phone 66843 443 or 0422 701 680.