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Jean Hailes Women’s Health Comedy Gala 2018

Jean Hailes Women’s Health Comedy Gala 2018

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.

Her testimonials speak to the quality of her work.

You’ll regularly find Nelly’s musings in the Australian press.

She also moonlights as a fill-in presenter on ABC radio Melbourne and is a regular guest on Radio National and ABC TV News Breakfast.

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Nelly 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.

Nelly’s great passion is health and wellbeing - physical, social, emotional and community health.

In 2016 she was named an Ambassador for Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, Australia’s largest women’s health organisation.


Her approach to health is direct, real, honest, non-judgemental and she favours solutions that are tested in real life and also, backed by research. 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 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, a dense labradoodle and one very resilient goldfish. She is a devotee of terrible reality television and was once an under-13s Girl’s BMX Champion.

“The feedback in regards to your MC role specifically was resoundingly positive - you were an absolute hit …” Rebecca Varcoe, Events Officer, Corporate Services, Department of Premier and Cabinet

 “Nelly Thomas is the gold standard of comedy.” Diana Price, Convener - Women Barristers Association

"We are so glad we decided to go with a MC and especially Nelly.  If you’re ever considering a MC (Nelly) do yourself a favour and make the investment, it is well worth it.Monique Swain - Past and Present Women Police Association Victoria

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 (Review as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival)