Adelaide Fringe

FRINGE: ‘Women Like Us’ is two titans of comedy at their finest

Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan present Women Like Us an hour of uncompromising comedy, the combination of two of the country’s most respected women comics.


Ellen Briggs and Mandy Nolan present Women Like Us an hour of uncompromising comedy, the combination of two of the country’s most respected women comics.

Wil Anderson has called Nolan “Australia’s funniest non famous comedian.”

Arj Barker is in awe of Briggs, he reckons “she’s in a league of her own.”

This touring show continues to evolve. If you’ve seen a Women Like Us show – this one is different.

The women have found the ultimate format to grow exciting new work and call in their tribe (mainly pissed off and disenchanted women).

Hailing from Northern NSW, Mandy Nolan almost retired the vagina jokes and became an MP.

At the Federal election she ran as the Greens candidate for Richmond and came close to winning. The full story was aired on Compass on the ABC – and while Nolan was passionate about taking her jibe to Canberra, she’s delighted to be back on the circuit.

“It’s not ICAC I worry about. Keeping my hair neat was a nightmare,” she laughs.

Women Like Us now numbers in excess of 200 shows, with sold-out shows at Melbourne Comedy Festival and a bevy of 5-star reviews, including a showstopping performance at the Women’s Gala at Melbourne Town Hall.

In Adelaide at the Fringe Festival, Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs were officially declared ‘Goddesses’ by the Weekend Notes writer who said, “everything they say and do is the absolute word of sacred truth.”

“It’s not a show just for women,” said Ellen Briggs, having appeared recently on Hughsey, We Have a Problem.

“In the same way a comedy show by two men would never be seen as a bloke’s only show. Women Like Us is about making our experiences universal rather than ‘niche’.

“As it turns out, there are a lot more Women Like Us out there then we ever realised. There’s even a growing tribe of men Like Us too!

“We tell everyday stories about our struggles, our failure to parent, the beauty industry, getting fatter, strange surgeries, obsessions, frustrations, and at the end of the day who unpacks the dishwasher,” said Ellen Briggs.

Women Like Us is stand-up at its best, where Ellen and Mandy talk about housework, chickens, love, big undies, disappointment, resentment, wonder bras, domestic violence, ageing parents, sex when you’re drunk, fit bits, yoga farts and being a menopausal woman dealing with teenage angst.

They’re overworked, overweight and over it….and they’re coming to the Adelaide Fringe.

WHERE: The Howling Owl, 10 Vaughan Place, Adelaide SA 5000

WHEN: March 7 – 11, 2023 from 6pm.

PRICE: $35 per person

For more information, please visit adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix or womenlikeus.com.au

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