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One of Australia's most natural and intelligent comedians.


Nelly Thomas is an award-winning comedian, author and health advocate.

Current work

Nelly is a regular guest on Radio National and 774 ABC, a columnist for New Matilda and writes for Daily Life, The Age and The Curio.

She is also the proud Ambassador for Jean Hailes for Women’s Health - Australia’s leading women’s health organization.

Finally, and most importantly, Nelly has grown two humans of her own and was once under-13s girls state BMX champion.

Previous experience

Author: She has published one book, featured in several others and is due to release her first children’s book in November 2017.

Tours:Nelly has toured nationally and internationally, created and performed in twenty festivals in Australia and around the world, made a funny sexual health DVD for teenagers and is the creator of several highly acclaimed comedy health promotion shows.

Thank you so much for your performance at the SCAP conference. It was pitched perfectly and everyone loved it ‐ not to mention hilarious. Such a great way to finish the first day and it put everyone in high spirits for the remainder of the conference. 2011 School Psychologists and Counsellors Conference

The audience that they were the most raucous bunch we've ever had at a library event! Nelly's talk was so funny and entertaining, it was accompanied by a soundtrack of guffaws from the crowd, with plenty of questions and then a frenzy of paparazzi action at the end from fans wanting a photo. Comments from the audience included 'Nelly was the best so far - so good to listen to, she had everyone’s attention'. Nelly was definitely a hit with the women (and men) of Darebin.

Darebin Library

Nelly never fails to impress, she has a gift for translating complex issues into common language. She tells funny stories that people really relate to but still fit neatly within our health promotion aims. She is great to work with. We know when we ask Nelly to speak we can be confident that she will be funny, engaging and irreverent.


We had overwhelming praise of our choice of Nelly as an MC. For those that already knew her, they were adamant that she never fails to please with new comedy surprises. Those who didn't know her demanded to know where we found her and what a great atmosphere and commentary she provided to uplift such a difficult topic. On top of this, Nelly was a charm to work with. She was highly professional... and asked all the right questions to make sure she met our needs for the event.

Eva Awards

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.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Marie Stopes International
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