Being childish its funny

Mandy Nolan has been tutoring children in the wicked art of stand-up comedy. Even her daughter Sophie has been doing the course so she can do jokes about her mum. As revenge. The kids will do their five minute routines as part of The Big Joke Comedy Festival in Bangalow next month.

The Big Joke Comedy Festival, running in Bangalow from February 9-11, is pioneering a unique event kids stand-up comedy. Inspired, created and performed by kids.

Mandy Nolan (the festival director for the Big Joke) brings her years of experience as a comedian and teacher of comedy to mentor these joking juveniles (9-14) in a workshop she calls Funny Kids.

Funny Kids is a show that really shows the intelligence of our children, said Mandy. Stand-up comedy allows the kids to delve into their inner selves and express the kind of issues that perplex them like bullies, not being allowed to shop at Supre by their hippy mum, insufficient pocket money and the feelings of hopelessness and anger at the prospect of being handed a planet on the brink of extinction.

The children are working through a series of workshops where Mandy reckons they find their authentic voice.

Im not looking for knock-knock jokes. Im looking for what makes a kid tick. Whats their relationship like with their parents? Where do they fit in with their family? What are their daily struggles? What are their dreams for the future? Their fears? said Mandy.

Performing validates their point of view and reminds the other kids in the audience that they are not alone that there are other kids experiencing difficulties and challenges as well. Stand-up comedy helps kids develop vital skills like confidence, perspective and resilience.

After their workshops, the kids will perform for the very first time at The Big Joke Comedy Festival on Saturday, February 10, at 11am. The show is a fundraiser for Spaghetti Circus and hosted by that mirthful mama of mayhem, Mandy Nolan.

Tickets for Funny Kids, at The Big Joke Comedy Festival in Bangalow, are $5 for kids, $10 for adults and $25 for a family. Tickets are available at the door.

For more info and the full program phone 6687 2956 or 0422 701 680 or 6684 3443. Or email Or check out

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