Over the last 10 years, Byron-based comedian Mandy Nolan has taught over 800 people from New Zealand to Sydney (and beyond) the gentle art of stand-up. (Gentle? Ha!)
Theres a belief that you are born funny that its something you cant learn.
Not true, reckons Mandy. Niney-nine per cent of people have a natural sense of whats funny. I help them find what it is about them and their experience that could translate into a comedy routine. Once youve learnt the format, youve got a stand-up routine.
Just last year one of Mandys students Hannah Gadsby won the coveted Triple J and Melbourne Comedy Festivals Raw Comedy Cup an amazing achievement for a girl who had never even considered comedy before.
In keeping with her ethos of encouraging up and coming talent, Mandy has included The Village Idiot a comedy comp running throughout the three day Big Joke Comedy Festival thatll reward the best new talent with $500. MCs for the event are Brisbanes Bart Freebairn and Josh Thomas, both Queensland Raw Comedy winners.
The heats are free events for audiences and will be happening at The Urban Cafe in Bangalow on Saturday, February 10, at 1pm and 3pm. And on Sunday, February 11, at 12 pm.
Three of the best performers from each heat will go through to the final hosted by Brendan Lovechild in the Bangalow A&I Hall. There are still a few spots for up-and-coming comics. They can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or logging onto the Bangalow Big Joke Myspace at www.myspace.com/bangalowbigjoke.
The Big Joke Comedy Festival runs from Friday to Sunday, February 9-11.
For information and ticket enquiries phone 6687 1018.
The festival also includes performances by The Scared Weird Little Guys, Fiona OLoughlin, and a panel that will focus on bent travel stories by Greg Fleet, Dave Callan and Jonathon Atherton.
The full program can be accessed by visiting www.myspace.com/bangalowbigjoke.
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