Fast and Furious
New Comics Burn Bright
So how do you become a stand up comedian? Passion, persistence and madness. Thats what Mandy Nolan believes underpins what she calls a very unlikely career. ‘If anyone had told me I’d be earning my living talking about whats wrong with me and inviting other people to feel better about themselves by laughing along, I wouldn’t have believed you.’ But that’s how it’s panned out.
Stand up comedy is what Nolan calls the ‘dark art’ when it comes to performance. ‘There’s no characters to hide behind, no clever staging, no tricks. Its just you, your life, your experience, your ideas. And you have a very short amount of time to connect with a crowd. For some reason when you do its so addictive you never want to stop.’
Twelve local wannabe comedians have been bitten hard. So hard that they signed up for a one day writing intensive with Mandy to push into new territory. ‘Coming up with new material is always challenging’ says Nolan. ‘Thats why getting together and really pushing each other to the finish line works’. All the participants have tasted the thrill of the spotlight, and they’re ready for more.
After just one day of writing and performing, they will be up performing their new material with Mandy Nolan as MC. Be the first to see their brand new jokes as they crack open, just over 24 hours since they were conceived.
Fast And Furious is the graduating performance for some of the best local comic talent - come catch them burn bright at the Mullumbimby Ex Services on Monday 20 August at 8pm. Tix are $10 at the door or on http://www.mandynolan.com.au