National comedy sensations Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs are bringing their show Women Like Us to Dee Why – and you don’t want to miss it. Not only does it promise a night of laugh-out-loud entertainment, it will also be raising money for local charity Women and Children First.

Women Like Us is the stand-up comedy sensation created by Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs. With 7 children and 5 husbands between them, they know that things don’t always go to plan. As advocates for women and children leaving violence, the two comedians have signed up to present their Women Like Us cult comedy show at Dee Why RSL as a fundraiser for Women and Children First, a domestic violence and support service on the Northern Beaches. 

An anomaly in their industry – kickass comics but middle-aged women – they realised that it didn’t matter how good they were, they were always going to be behind the 8-ball in an industry that favours under 30’s and is dominated by blokes. After years of performing for women’s luncheons and fundraisers to audiences that fangirled them like crazy, they both decided that there was an audience out there for them – they just had to go out there and find them. And so began Women Like Us. 

The magic of the show is the combination of talents. The big, warm, outrageous Mandy, and the laid back charisma of sharp shooting, natural born storyteller Ellen. 

“We’ve had heaps of 5-star reviews from Australia’s premier comedy festivals,” says Ellen, “but the reviews we take to heart are the ones we get from audiences show after show. They keep turning up, some coming back for the 4th and 5th time.”

Ellen is also pleasantly surprised the two are still at it and going strong. “We had no idea of how this show would be received and how long we would be touring it. We certainly never thought we’d be still selling out theatres after 250 shows, a podcast, a book and probably 100,000 kms travelled to take it to towns we didn’t even know existed.”

Mandy in particular is really looking forward to being back on the Beaches for the show. “Freshwater is one of my favourite Sydney Beaches,” she says. “A few of my closest friends live there so I’m a still bit of a regular. The father of two of my daughters Rhett, was from Frenchs Forest – he is Michael Hutchence’s brother – so there’s a bit of an old 80’s throwback to the early days when INXS first got together. A lot of the stories that Rhett told me of his childhood go back to the Northern Beaches. And my second husband was from Narrabeen. Now I think of it, I got a lot of husbands from the Northern Beaches.”

Mandy says Beaches women (and men) who love a good laugh will absolutely love the show. “It’s 5 star funny. It’s relatable. It’s women’s stories of family, identity, ageing, weight, grief, disappointment, small dogs, unpacked dishwashers. It’s standing 5 am in the kitchen and going ‘ok I’ve got this’. A lot of people who come to our show tell us that it’s the most they’ve laughed in years. You don’t just laugh though, you go home and see your life and reframes all the stuff that it takes to get through your day through a comedic lens. Men enjoy our show too but we very much share the perspective of women – wild, unfiltered and liberating. Basically we complain for a living. It’s awesome.”

There’s also a deeply personal reason for Mandy wanting to assist with raising funds for local charity Women and Children First. “As a DV survivor (from my childhood) I am extremely passionate about raising awareness and the need for political and legal reforms to support women in violence,” says says. “The CEO of Women & Children First is Gabrielle Morrissey. I knew Gabi when she was a high profile sex and relationships writer – I also knew her mum Di – a very famous Australian author. I know what an absolute legend Gabrielle is and that she is someone who puts her heart and soul into her work. I have been to visit the premises, and spent time finding out how Women and Children First support families. It’s an extraordinary organisation. It changes people’s lives. But to do that, you need to provide safety
for women and kids at risk. So that’s why we are fundraising. There is never enough government funding for services like this. They must constantly fundraise. So I said, this is the perfect mission for Women Like Us!”

Women Like Us

Where: Dee Why RSL

When: Thursday 9 November. Show at 8pm.

Cost: Tix are $40 plus bf.


($20 from every ticket goes to Women and Children First)


Funds from Women Like Us at Dee Why RSL will go towards:

  • Providing women and children escaping domestic violence and abuse with immediate and ongoing safety through crisis accommodation and trauma-informed care 
  • Empowering survivors to heal and rebuild through psycho-education relationship and parenting programs, financial literacy and employment pathways and resources 
  • Preventing domestic and family violence and abuse through community engagement and education programs 

About Mandy and Ellen:
Ellen Briggs is a nationally recognised headline comic, a RAW finalist, she’s featured on Hughesie We Have a Problem and is regular on ABC radio. Mandy Nolan is a columnist for the Byron Shire Echo, a writer for Mamamia, and most recently took her Award winning show The Candidate about her tilt to Melbourne Town Hall for the Melbourne Comedy Festival. You can follow them here:

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