Country life suits this comedy act
COMEDIANS Mandy Nolan and Nick Penn have teamed up to create a two-hour plus comedy show that they will bring to the Yamba Bowling Club next month.
Nolan, a perennial favourite on the comedy circuit who now runs eight thriving comedy rooms from Casino to Currumbin, believes that country folk love a laugh as much as the next person.
"Most comedians live in the city so they talk about things that concern city people. As a comedian that lives in a regional area, and a tourist area, I believe that I have a lot in common with my crowd so my comedy is about the things that they care about," Nolan said.
"I don't do jokes about waiting for buses or sitting next to people on trains because we don't really have that much public transport. I do jokes about having a pap smear on a Friday morning and then ending up at a party later that night where the same doctor is one of the guests.
"Regional audiences are also less jaded and from a comedian's point of view; it's a pleasure to perform for people who are appreciative rather than cynical. Being cynical is my job."
A stand-up comic for 26 years, Nolan said her act improved when she became a mother and gave up her dreams of being rich and famous in the big city.
"I only really started to develop as a comedian when I became a mother," she said.
"Becoming a mother made me very conscious about where I chose to live. I didn't want my kids growing up in the city. I value country life and the freedoms we have here.
"When I decided that I was going to live in a country area my comedian friends in the city were shocked. It was impossible to think that you could be a comedian outside of the city, but that has turned out to be completely untrue.
"Comedy is thriving in the regional areas."
Nick Penn is another comedian who has opted for a country life- style.
The father of a young son, Penn relocated to Nimbin a few years ago after spending most of his career headlining comedy clubs around the country.
Penn's droll approach to the life of the everyday Australian has won him fans on nearly every stage he's worked.
Nolan and Penn are embarking on a year-long comedic romp titled Nick Penn goes the Full Mandy.
Both comics will be performing hour-long feature sets, a treat for comedy lovers who usually only get one feature at any comedy night.