Nelly Thomas

Travels from: Victoria


Combining her comedic skills with her deep passion for social justice and health promotion

Categories: Comedians, MCs & Hosts

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

She's been described as having all the moxie of an RSL barmaid and the library card of a research fellow.   In an erudite and earthy manner, Nelly Thomas has emerged to talk about nothing slighter than the trials of her generation... 

Nelly as been described as one of Australia’s most natural comedians.  As well as being 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. 

In recent years, Nelly released her comedy DVD The Talk (a sexual health and ethics DVD for teens and their carers) as well as her first book with Random House Publishing. The book is called What Women Want and canvasses the big issues of the modern era: politics, education, sex, relationships, health, porn, family and Beyonce’s bottom.

Nelly is a regular guest on ABC Local Radio and Radio National; often appearing on Rafael Epstein’s News Therapy and Waleed Aly’s What I Learned from the News This Week. Earlier last year she featured on Judith’s Lucy new ABC TV show All Woman and she also writes extensively in the print and online media. In 2012 she published her first book What Women Want as well as a DVD The Talk.

Alongside her normal comedy work, Nelly has forged a stellar careerin comedic health promotion and is highly sought after as a healthpromotion speaker and MC. Her most well-known custom-shows are the No Means No Show and No Smokes, No Joke (as part of Close the Gap) but she also performs at and MC’s conferences, functions and events; often travelling the country delivering key-notes on a range of health and social issues. This work allows her to combine her comedic skills with her deep passion for social justice and health promotion.

Nelly Thomas is the 'Gold Standard' of comedians.  She thrives when tackling the big issues and, as you’ll see from her testimonials, does so respectfully and with great irreverence.

In 2019, Nelly is set to release her third children's book 'Some Brians: A Book Celebrating Neurodiversity', with the aim of raising understanding and educating people about the benfits and joys of neurodiversity. 

TESTIMONIALS

The feedback in regards to your MC role specifically was resoundingly positive - you were an absolute hit

Department of Premier and Cabinet

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.

Office of Prevention and Women's Equality

Nelly Thomas - Comedians

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