Women in the Wee Waa district were treated to a night of hilarious entertainment and delicious food when stand-up comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs appeared at the Wee Waa Bowling Club on June 24.

The popular event was held shortly before new COVID-19 restrictions were introduced.

The duo’s comedy show, ‘Women Like Us’, is billed as “two hours of rapid fire, sharp, honest, sometimes self-deprecating, somewhat irreverent stand-up comedy for audiences who love their humour straight from the lip”.

And the comedians didn’t disappoint.

“These straight talking ladies were armed with a repertoire chock-full of mum jokes, discussing husbands, teenagers, pets and their Mullumbimby hippy digs,” said Christine Connor who is a HealthWISE senior primary health care nurse.

“Their humour is warm and always entertaining.”

Mrs Connor said HealthWISE hosted the free event as part of their role to foster social and emotional wellbeing, and was supported by a grant from Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network.

“We felt the Wee Waa community would benefit from this event,” said Mrs Connor. “With droughts, fires, floods, a mouse plague and coming out of COVID-19 lockdown – we felt our communities needed some light relief in the form of events.

“It was provided free of charge with an evening meal and entertainment geared to get people out again and have a good laugh, which we all need and have the opportunity to meet up and connect with friends and acquaintances.”

The ‘Women Like Us’ performers Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs said they felt “honoured to be welcomed into the lives and hear the stories of people in small communities”.

“We will never tire of the experience – thank you for having us Wee Waa.”

Mrs Connor praised the community for embracing the event.

“HealthWISE would like to thank Cynthia and the staff at the bowling club who were so welcoming and obliging in assisting us to host this event – it was wonderful,” added Mrs Connor.

“Wendy Allen organised this event and was assisted by the primary health care nurses team.

“Our staff live and work within these communities and our role is helping to create healthier communities.

“We would also like to thank Helen Wenner for the wonderful Acknowledgement to Country she provided on the night.

“And the attendees and the community for making us so welcome, and the ladies who came along and made this night such a success.”

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