Author: nelly thomas
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“With all the moxie of an RSL barmaid and the library card of a research fellow, Nelly Thomas has emerged to talk about nothing slighter than the trials of her generation. She’s erudite, earthy and entirely unemployable.” Helen Razer, The Age Newspaper
Nelly Thomas has been described as one of Australia’s most natural and intelligent comedians.
An award-winning performer, she was listed as one of Australia’s “most innovative thinkers” in The Age Newspaper’s, The Zone and was featured on the ABC’s Big Ideas: The Smartest Stuff on TV, Radio and Online.
Nelly has been a stand-up comedian for 16 years. She stumbled into comedy after winning the Triple J Raw Comedy competition in 2003. Since then she’s done all the things comedians normally do – toured Australia and overseas, established a Melbourne Comedy room and performed at hundreds of gigs and a couple of dozen festivals. She’s also directed shows by some incredible comedians including Maria Bamford, Candy Bowers and Stella Young.
But alongside her normal comedy work, Nelly has forged a specialist and stellar career in comedic health promotion and is highly sought after as a health promotion speaker and MC. It is here that she can combine her comedic and communication skills with her passion for health and well-being.
Nelly is a regular guest on ABC Local Radio and Radio National and writes extensively in the print and online media, including for The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Life and, as a columnist for New Matilda. She recently made her first radio documentary “The C Word” - about class in contemporary Australia - for Radio National.
Nelly has published a memoir, What Women Want (Random House, 2012) and written two children’s books Some Girls (Piccolo Nero, 2018) and Some Boys (due for release in September 2018). These are early childhood books aimed at fulfilling one of Nelly’s life-long passions - instilling confidence in kids and challenging gender and other stereotypes.
Finally, and most importantly, Nelly lives in Melbourne with her partner Lachlan, their two daughters, a grumpy poodle, a stupid labradoodle and one very resilient goldfish. She is a devotee of terrible reality television and was once an under-13s Girl’s BMX Champion.