A stand-up comedy show where these women tell it how it is and share everyday stories and struggles about parenthood, womanhood and life in general.
With 7 children between them, comedic superstars Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs are as adept at delivering laughs as they are at delivering babies.
These middle-aged mouthy mamas of mirth are bringing their Women Like Us Comedy Show to the National Wine Centre on February 16 and 17 for the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
The two solo stand ups are renowned for their rapid fire comedy, rolling out the laughs every 15 seconds. That’s not just relentless, its an ab work out!
Women Like Us is two hours of powerful, stand up comedy telling stories about everyday struggles. There’s the failure to parent, the beauty industry, getting fatter, strange surgeries, obsessions, frustrations, and at the end of the day who unpacks the dishwasher.
The show started out as an idea to step away from the male dominated comedy scene into venues where women’s stories and experiences are centre stage. Three years in and there’s no slowing them down.
With well over 30 years of comedy experience between them, Mandy and Ellen have a knack for bringing audiences to their feet, cheering for more. Mandy is a columnist for the Byron Shire Echo and regular contributor for Mamamia. She has appeared on ABC's Q&A, SBS's Mums The Word and About Women.
Ellen Briggs is a national Finalist for RAW comedy and winner of Foxtel Comedy Channel's Be A Comedian.
As an added bonus, here are 10 hilarious questions for Women Like Us:
What’s the closes you’ve ever been to dying? E: Watching the 50 Shades of Grey movie.
M: When someone slipped 2 and a half tabs of acid in my drink and my boobs melted off my body and onto the floor like hot lava.
Previous jobs? E: Croupier in an illegal casino, check-out chick, corporate trainer, executive assistant in the federal government.
M: Catalogue Model, Nude Artist Model, waitress, actor, toilet cleaner.
Whats your favourite book? E: Women Like Us by Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs.
M: Oh my god! #Metoo
Who Would you like to get stuck in a lift with? E: No one except someone who could get me out.
M: Keanu Reeves. I've always found him sexy. And well, elevator entrapment is kind of like a first date. In a really creepy ‘aren’t you Kathy Bates from Misery?’ kind of way.
Is there anything more infuriating than putting on a doona cover? E: Watching someone trying to put on a doona cover.
M: Yes. When people unpack the dishwasher and leave the dishes on the bench because they couldn’t be arsed putting stuff away. Oh, and global warming, climate change and the imminent environmental apocalypse.
What was your formative experience from childhood? E: Breaking up with my first boyfriend, laying on the floor sobbing and my mother walking over me and telling me to get up and help her bring the groceries in from the car.
M: Having sex with Ellen’s boyfriend and then finding out he broke up with her.
Where do all the missing pens in the world go? E: They’re in my handbag. I am an expert pen stealer. I love stealing pens.
M: Ellen has them.
Are you a sex symbol? E: I use a cymbal during sex to indicate when to start and when to finish. Is that what you mean?
M: Totally. The world doesn’t have enough overweight middle aged women to wank to.
For $10k would you go three months without washing, brushing your teeth or use deodorant? E: My teenage sons do it for free, so yeah, why not?
M: For $10k I’ll start washing, brushing my teeth and using deodorant.
Your most embarrassing moment? E: I was house sitting for friends, and on the day they were to arrive home, I bought them flowers and chocolates and left them on the bench with a note saying 'just a little something to welcome you home', right beside the keys to the house and my used tampon that I didn’t want to leave in the bin and that I had wrapped up nice and tight (like a gift) to take with me. Neither of us have ever mentioned it.
M: Eating this strawberry marshmallow surprise that Ellen left when she was looking after my house.