CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

“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 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. We are so grateful to her for making our night a success.” Diana Price, Convener - Women Barristers Association

 "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." Eva Awards organising committee

"I’ve had further excellent feedback from various people that attended the Respectful Relationships forum in Ballarat last week. Unanimous in praise for the great choice of MC.”  Kate Souter | Respectful Relationships Liaison Officer | South West Victoria Region, Department of Education and Training

"Nelly is fantastic. We've had lots of feedback from attendees about how professional, entertaining and plain speaking she is.  Nelly does it all; keeps discussion focused, listeners engaged, funny, thought provoking and always sticks to time. It is always a pleasure to work with Nelly and she is always our first choice for an MC and guest speaker." Michelle Hunt
Project Manager – Act@Work, Women's Health Grampions

"The feedback has been amazing and we’re still receiving comments about the morning.   From my perspective I think it was that wonderful balance between your penchant for the comedic lens and the absolute seriousness of the subject – not an easy task but so well delivered – thank you for that." Sandra George, Manager, South East Business Networks, City of Greater Dandenong

"Nelly Thomas is an exceptional writer, director and mentor. Melbourne International Comedy Festival engages Nelly in a number of programs working with professional and budding comics of all ages. Nelly is assertive and compassionate when nurturing new comedy work. She has a strong talent for honing structure, delivery, timing, and the importance of building a confident connection between the writer/performer and their audience. Nelly goes above and beyond to ensure artists shine." Wes Snelling, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

"I'd like to thank you for your unique contribution to the conference program. 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 [violence against women]." Jerril Rechter, CEO, Victorian Health Promotion Agency

"On behalf of the Judicial College of Victoria, and the judicial officers who attended, I would like to thank you for your contribution to our recent family violence program. Your chairing of the panel presentation on ‘High Risk Women’ was very well received by the participants, with Magistrates commenting that you were a ‘Charming’ and a ‘Good presenter’ ... One attendee simply commented ‘More of her’. Overall, this iteration of the family violence program for the Magistrates’ Court was highly successful and we thank you again for contributing to the success of this important program."  Elisa Buggy | Education Project Manager, Drug Court, Judicial College of Victoria

“Nelly came to our Annual Delegates Conference last week and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house... She is very funny, charismatic and engaging. I wish we could have her perform again as all the Delegates loved her. Please keep doing what you’re doing!” Kayti Murphy, HACSU (Health and Community Services Union Victoria)

Nelly performing at an event for Darebin City Council

"Hi, Nelly. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve had really great feedback from your comedy night. I met with the Residential Health teams last night, and they were brimming with praise from themselves and their residents... One of their key pieces of feedback was how much they appreciated that there were messages imbedded in the show that were helpful and relevant to their experience, but without feeling preachy or awkward. Whilst this would be great feedback just on its own, I think it’s really going to help us get people out to future health and wellbeing events – you’ve helped us create a buzz! Thanks again for another fantastic event!" Ali Norton, M.Sc., Residential Education Coordinator, Health & Wellbeing, LaTrobe University Melbourne

"We were so lucky to have Nelly MC our conference. On the very challenging topic of family violence and early childhood, Nelly kept the audience upbeat and positive about their capacity to make change. Her humour, passion and ease in reading the audience made a significant impact and strongly contributed the days success." Sharon Simon | Prevention Officer, DVRCV

"We needed someone engaging and knowledgeable enough to guide us through both a summit on family violence and a celebration for the community to mark International Women’s Day. Nelly was funny, inclusive, and compassionate. She connected to our audience, was clear and genuine and her advocacy on the issues we discussed was wise and wonderfully delivered. Thank you Nelly for making the day a successful and memorable one!" Ana Tsaganos, Community Development and Engagement Team Leader, Glen Ira Council

"Thanks Nelly for Mcing the CERSH Loddon Mallee Sexual Health Forum.   Your knowledge of issues around sexual health and health promotion for rural young people and communities really shone through in your intro and set the scene for the day.   Your presentation was engaging, thought-provoking and of course funny.  Thanks again for your invaluable contribution to the forum". Andrea Boudville | Sexual Health and Wellbeing Project Officer, Centre for Excellence in Rural Health, University of Melbourne

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"Hi Nelly, thanks again for Friday night - you were great! The vibe of the room totally changed when you started and lots of attendees came up to comment on how fantastic you were. Thank you!" Liz Smith, Community Health and Wellbeing Officer Learning Communities, Hobsons Bay City Council

"Thanks very much Nelly for your wonderful presentation at our 2015 staff International Woman's Day Event. You're a superstar. So hilarious, real and very funny. We have had some wonderful feedback from staff who just thought you wereterrific, honest and brilliant. A real pleasure to work with. We can't wait to have you back again." Bronwyn Ryan-Mercer Project Officer, Communications & Marketing, City of Darebin

 "100% of our evaluation forms rated you 5/5. Gold star for you! Not surprised though, it was great.” Ellen White, Community Leadership Loddon Murray

"Thank you... you were brilliant and contributed to the overall success of our event... You brought a topic [mental health] that is seldom entertaining to life. You challenged stigma, changed behaviours and were absolutely hilarious, which is exactly what we were hoping for... I'd be delighted if we could work together on similar events in the future." John Fenely, Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of NSW

"Nelly Thomas delivered The Talk for Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West in Hamilton, Warrnambool, Geelong and Colac.  Nelly is engaging, connected and thoughtful, but most of all put parents at ease with what can be a difficult topic for them to address.  Nelly’s warmth in delivering the presentation was obvious, and her connection with our local panel members also provided an opportunity for parents to learn more through Nelly’s questions.  I would very much recommend ‘The Talk’ as a great complement to sexual health and respectful relationships education in schools, sporting clubs and organisations." Emily Lee-Ack, CEO, Women's Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West

 "Thank you so very much for your superb facilitation of our evening and your genuine humour. I really didn’t get it that a comedian would have such sensitivity... Brilliant, your bio is accurate." Michael Beaumont-Connop, Executive Officer, Loddon Campaspe Centre Against Sexual Assault

"For our annual Criminal Bar Dinner, we wanted to 'shake things up' a bit and hired Nelly Thomas instead of using a speaker from one of our own (ordinarily a Judge or legal professional of some sort). Nelly was a hit. Very funny was the idea, and very funny she was! Her humour was on point, intelligent and she had a tough (and skeptical) crowd in stitches of laughter. Thank you Nelly!" Carolene Gwynn, Convener, Criminal Bar Association

“Thank you Nelly! You were a stand out stand up total star. So very professional, completely hilarious, a top crowd pleaser and a real pleasure to work with. We can't wait to book you again and thank you so much." Fi Bendall, Managing Director, Bendalls Group Pty Ltd

 "Thank you so much for your performance at the SCAP conference. It was pitched perfectly and everyone loved it … it put everyone in high spirits for the remainder of the conference." Paula Teggelove, 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... 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!”  Leanne Murray, Events Officer, Darebin Library

 "Nelly never fails to impress, she has a gift for translating complex issues into common language.... 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."  Kiri Bear, VicHealth (Victorian Health Promotion Foundation)

"What a fantastic finish to our practice forum. As always Nelly knows how to get the audience thinking and laughing at the same time! The feedback was really positive and a few participants are keen to follow her up for future work." Meg Gulbin, Senior Policy Advisor, Diversity Unit, Department of Human Services

 "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, Manager Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Marie Stopes International

"Nelly Thomas took a difficult topic - male violence against women - and as conference MC helped people explore the issue in ways that, surprisingly, were informative and empowering as well as entertaining. Nelly is a skilled, smart facilitator, who makes people think as much as they laugh." Kathleen Maltzahn, Executive Director, Women's Health In the North

"We had the absolute pleasure of working with Nelly as a speaker and MC. Nelly was professional, engaging, warm and incredibly funny. She has the ability to bring both professionalism and warmth in equal measure; ensuring that we all felt warm and cosy but also knowing we had been treated to something special - a very intelligent funny lady at the top of her game."  Women's Health Grampians 

"I recently engaged Nelly Thomas to MC a gender equality forum and have heard nothing but positive feedback since! Nelly was fabulous. She was organised and prepared. She made a complex issue (the prevention of violence against women) accessible and real. She drew together the various presentations, kept the event moving and held the audience through out. And she was funny! Nelly Thomas is a consummate professional."  Kristine Olaris, CEO, Women's Health East, July 2013

"On behalf of the Festival committee I thank you for participating and sharing your expertise with our patrons... we had great feedback on your presentation. Our patrons said you are a very effective speaker, your delivery was engaging, thought provoking and there was much to discuss, dissect and digest from your session.Thank you for joining us in this adventure and hopefully you can join us next year."  Megan Smith, Executive Officer, Willliamstown Literary Festival

"Nelly Thomas manages to be hilariously funny, while also getting across important messages about mental health and work/life balance. She had obviously done her homework and hit the perfect note with our conference delegates."  Angela Savage, EO, Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres

"Your performance was definitely a highlight of the evening. You managed to keep 340 women in stitches and there was only positive comments made regarding your performance. You greatly contributed to the success of Night Off-Night Out and you helped ensure that the ladies really did get a chance to unwind."  Amanda Driscoll, Events Coordinator, PANDA (Post and Antenatal Depression Association)

"The dedication and enthusiasm you brought to both the opening address and debate were beyond our expectations. … Uproarious laughter was seen and heard at the debate … [and it was] arguably the most popular session we’ve had at a Learnscope event”. Jane Carroll, Victorian Learnscope Management Team, Department of Education, Victoria

"Thanks so much Nelly for launching our Mum’s the Word program yesterday. According to the girls you were ‘laugh out loud hilarious’. I have received so many emails and comments from mums and the women that attended the breakfast saying what a fantastic program launch it was... I loved the way you were so hilariously funny yet delivered a very powerful message to our girls and their mums about growing up, relationships and acceptance of themselves. We could not have had a more perfect person launch the program."  Nadia Bettio, Principal, Delacombe Primary School

“The Victorian TAFE Association employed Nelly as a dinner speaker for the Association’s State Conference. The audience was made up of CEOs, Council Presidents, Council Members, Senior Managers, international guests and government officials. Aside from having everyone in stitches, Nelly’s performance demonstrated a great understanding of the audience… Her depth of research and her ability to transform a dry topic (governance) into an ironic, witty and downright side splitting speech is extraordinary…”  David Williams, Executive Director, Victorian TAFE Association

"Epworth nurses of all backgrounds celebrated International Nurses Day in the presence of hilarious storyteller Nelly Thomas. Did they hear a thing or two about medical appointments  from the patient’s perspective? Sure did and they nodded, giggled and guffawed throughout.  Apart from being very funny, Nelly is relaxed and very easy to work with!  She engages wonderfully with any audience!" Colleen Coghlan, Media Manager, Epworth Healthcare  

“Nelly was gobsmackingly great! Her humour was topical, relevant, clever and damn funny. In a word, Nelly Thomas is brilliant!”  Sally Browne, Board Member, Gawler Foundation

“Fabulous… a huge hit with all the guests at the function”. Leah Kemp, Roland Pinder Pty Ltd

“A pleasure to work with throughout the entire process of contract negotiation, background research, preparation and final presentation… respectful of the sensitive issues surrounding [working with young people with a mental illness] and managed to convey a positive message without being heavy handed or overly emotive.” Maree Sidey, ORYGEN Youth Health

“Nelly was a blast at out Christmas Function! [She performed] … a stand-up routine which gave people belly aches from the laughs! I would definitely recommend Nelly for comedic entertainment”. Anne Kingston, O’Connell Family Centre, Victoria

“Nelly Thomas – Wow!, fun, engaging, and I admire the way [she] can put a truthful, guilt-free slant on the most normal/abnormal conditions of human nature, and make us as an audience laugh without prejudice”.  Gippsland Women’s Health Service 

“The research you had done on our people and even the local locations was amazing. The result was your capacity to keep nearly 200 staff fully entertained… All [staff] were very impressed… a great session!” Barrie Baker, Director, South West Institute of TAFE

“It is often difficult to mix politics and humour, but Nelly Thomas managed to strike a balance between the two. Her performance was topical and designed to suit her audience, and she came prepared with well-researched and relevant thoughts to share.”  Amanda Rainey, Coordinator, EMILY’s List WA

“Nelly Thomas was invited to provide a touch of humour and jolliness to [our strategic planning day] and she did a terrific job. Nelly bought a degree of personalised humour that had everyone laughing and enjoying themselves.” Peter Whitley, CEO, Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE

“She had an obvious ability to engage people, draw them in and cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time… Feedback from the staff and volunteers was particularly positive and favourable. Nelly had obviously done her homework…” Alex Nikolovski, Aids Hepatitis and Sexual Health Line

“[Nelly’s involvement] contributed significantly to the success of our International Women’s Day activities. [Her] performance was hilarious and right on target [and helped us] set a fun, festive mood and have a good laugh.” Cheryl Teng, General Manager, Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

AUDIENCE EVALUATION COMMENTS

'Nelly was awesome' 

'Great choice for an MC'

'MC was fantastic and nice to have humour amidst the serious issues'

'Nelly Thomas was fantastic! Funny and entertaining - bring her back for the next conference!' 

'Nelly was a great MC - very funny, respectful, appropriately disclosing and genuinely interested. Great choice and please do it again!!'

'Hilarious. I love her.'

'Superb.'

'A great choice, what a smart, funny comedienne.'

'Loved Nelly - good to start with a laugh at ourselves.'

'Nelly said it all.'