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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 performed stand-up comedy around Australia and the world for sixteen years.

She has now traded the big stage for the “quiet life” of an author, professional MC, key-note presenter & media personality.

Nelly moonlights as a fill-in presenter on ABC radio Melbourne. She is also a regular guest on Radio National and ABC TV News Breakfast. 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 is highly sought after as a professional MC and key-note speaker.

Her trademark is a combination of intelligence and warmth and, her ability to keep an event buoyant while also running smoothly and to time. She is particularly well-known as a health promotion speaker and MC.

Nelly at a book signing for SOME GIRLS

Nelly at a book signing for SOME GIRLS

 Nelly’s great passion is health and wellbeing - physical, social, emotional and community health. She was an Ambassador for Jean Hailes for Women’s Health from 2016 - 1019.  Her approach to health is direct, real, honest, non-judgemental. She is particularly passionate about women’s and children’s health, family violence, gender equity and how they are connected to community health. Her work on mental health is also in high demand.

Nelly is the author of four books – Some Girls (2017), Some Boys (2018), Some Brains: a book celebrating neurodiversity (2019) and What Women Want (2012). She also writes extensively in the Australian press.

Nelly grew up in the WA Wheatbelt. Her own story as a kid from the middle of no-where (and the first in her family to go to university) who has gone all the way to the Australian stage, screen and airwaves, is fascinating and illuminating. She brings her unique life experiences, good humour, keen insight and a healthy dose of down-to-earth reality to all her work.

Nelly now lives in Melbourne with her partner Lachlan, their two daughters, a grumpy poodle and a dense labradoodle. She loves terrible television and was once a Girl’s BMX Champion.


“Nelly Thomas is the best MC we've ever had at one of our conferences.” Betty Kitchener, CEO, Mental Health First AID Australia (MHFA)
"Nelly Thomas can work a room effortlessly. She created a spirited, respectful atmosphere with energy and humour. We are so glad we chose Nelly for an event celebrating women's achievements - the energy in the room was palpable and inspiring. Thank you Nelly." Victorian Women’s Honour Roll, Office of Prevention and Women's Equality, Victoria

 "Nelly was an excellent conference MC, ably mixing comedy, empathy and time-keeping. We felt extremely comfortable with her understanding of our content, facilitation of our speakers, and our audience loved her." Leo Fieldgrass, CEO, Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic)

“Nelly Thomas is the gold standard of comedy. We needed a speaker who was funny enough, and brave enough, to entertain a room full of politicians, judges, magistrates and barristers. We wanted someone who would have the room in stitches while tackling the big issues. Nelly was 10/10 on each count. She was professional, well researched and a pleasure to work with.” Diana Price, Convener - Women Barristers Association

"Brilliant, funny and thought provoking - perfect way to end a Maternal and Child Health Conference." Kim Howland, Policy Adviser – Maternal and Child Health Association of Victoria

"Thank you... you were brilliant! You brought a topic [mental health] that is seldom entertaining to life. You challenged stigma, changed behaviours and were hilarious… I'd be delighted if we could work together in the future." John Fenely, Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of NSW

"We have already received many reports back from community about how greatly empowered and stronger the women have returned... your session was actually mentioned as being one of the most useful and enjoyable of the whole Forum! Thank you again for the magic you brought.” Bev Greet, Marie Stopes International

"Thank you… the comedy debate was absolutely a feature of the conference and provided a fantastic incentive, and reward, for attendees to stay seated until the very end. In addition it provided a great entry point for policy-makers to think about the role of entertainment and popular culture in sustaining - or solving - one of our most pressing health and social problems …” Jerril Rechter, CEO, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation