"You change the story of what's happening when you change the narrative - how we understand everything - Our most ancient way of understanding our own humanity and our own existence is through stories. Indigenous culture is a creation of this elaborate pathway of songlines and stories that tells you where you are." - Mandy Nolan
Mandy Nolan is wearing a black v-neck top partnered with a pair of dangling earrings and she is wearing a fierce red lipstick
Mandy Nolan
stand up comedian, writer, feminist, social activist

In this week’s episode, we have the pleasure of chatting with the incredibly talented Mandy Nolan. She’s not just your average comedian; Mandy is a stand-up comedy sensation, a prolific writer, a dedicated feminist, a passionate social activist, and a loving mother of five. Her philosophy is simple yet profound: to change the world, you start by changing minds.

Mandy’s comedic genius has earned her the title of Australia’s ‘funniest non-famous comedian’ according to none other than Wil Anderson himself. For over two decades, she has penned “The Soapbox,” the Echo newspaper’s most sought-after opinion piece in the region. On top of all this, she’s the author of five fantastic books.


In this engaging episode, we delve into:

  • ⚡️ Mandy’s journey as a mother of five, exploring how she skillfully managed the juggle of parenthood.
  • ⚡️ The fascinating world of Mandy’s literary creations, her distinctive writing style, the hurdles she overcame while crafting her books, and her invaluable advice for aspiring writers.
  • ⚡️ We also talk about how she turned a loss into a win by crafting her stand-up show, “The Candidate,” after her campaign as a Greens candidate for Richmond 
  • ⚡️ Mandy’s empowering workshop, “Authentic You,” where she helps individuals connect authentically with their audiences.
  • ⚡️ Her personal journey with book birthing, shedding light on the challenges and triumphs along the way.


Mandy Nolan is an incredible woman with a wealth of knowledge and a unique ability to inspire and entertain. Whether you’re looking to improve your public speaking skills, seeking a good laugh, or simply in need of some motivation, this episode promises an engaging and insightful conversation. Don’t miss out – hit that play button and join us for a memorable discussion!!


Links and Resources

  • ⚡️ Mandy Nolan’s ‘Authentic You‘ Workshop
    • ✨ October 28-29, 2023 at Coolamon Station in Tweed
    • For Bookings: Click here


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Guest Spotlight

Mandy Nolan

Mandy Nolan has been a comedian for over three decades. As a loud mouth lefty feminist she’s long used the platform not just to make jokes, but also to champion the big issues. She’s not only a domestic violence survivor, she’s brave enough to do a joke about it. Hailed by Wil Anderson as Australia’s ‘funniest non famous comedian’ people have always asked why someone as accomplished and commanding as Nolan has never got the national cut through she deserves. Nolan blames herself ‘I dropped out and moved to Byron Bay when I was 23. Before it was cool. Then I had 5 kids. Three husbands. Then I got old. As a
woman that’s not great for business.’
Nolan has delivered a TEDx talk, she’s headlined MICF Roadshow, Sydney Comedy Festival Roadshow and she’s struck comedy gold at Upfront at Melbourne’s Town Hall.
Mandy Nolan has done things differently. She has taught over 2000 people stand up comedy, including Emmy winning Hannah Gadsby, her Women Like Us
touring buddy and former RAW finalist Ellen Briggs and this year’s RAW winner Alexandra Hudson.
‘I love mentoring other comics, particularly women. It’s a passion of mine.’
In the Northern Rivers where she lives Mandy jokes are as much part of the vernacular as surfspeak. She’s authored The Soapbox, the most popular opinion piece in the region’s iconic Echo newspaper for 21 years. It’s seen her invited to pen pieces for the Sydney Morning
Herald, Quarterly magazine Lunchlady and work as one of the most in demand writers and podcast host for Mamamia. Sydney Morning Herald’s Bruce Elder called Nolan ‘the country’s sharpest and wittiest comedic columnist’. Mandy is also the author of 5 books.

Mandy Nolan is wearing a black v-neck top partnered with a pair of dangling earrings and she is wearing a fierce red lipstick