BOWLED OVER: MardiGrass Comedy Show organiser and local luminary S Sorrensen has dropped Akmal Saleh from his Christams card list after his cancellation, but is still excited about hosting the event at the Nimbin Bowling Club tonight.
BOWLED OVER: MardiGrass Comedy Show organiser and local luminary S Sorrensen has dropped Akmal Saleh from his Christams card list after his cancellation, but is still excited about hosting the event at the Nimbin Bowling Club tonight. David Nielsen

Akmal out, still plenty of laughs

A LACK of funny bone and elbow room at the Oasis Cafe has prompted the shift of MardiGrass’ stand-up gig to the Nimbin Bowling Club this year.

Local legends Mandy Nolan and S Sorrensen will preside over a revamped comedy program on Saturday night that should include veteran Sydney performer Rob McHugh, providing he hasn’t double-booked like Sorrensen’s ‘former best friend’ Akmal Saleh.

“This is my last gig before I head overseas for six months,” Mr Sorrensen said.

Akmal’s not invited but all my other friends are.

“We decided to move to the Bowlo because it is close to Peace Park where a lot of the action happens. There’s table seating, excellent food and you can have a cold beer.

“At 10 bucks it’s the cheapest comedy gig in the universe

According to Mandy, Nimbin is a special comedy market that requires some adjustment.

“Let’s just say it’s loose – that’s the word, loose,” Ms Nolan said.

“It really is the most subversive culture. I’m not sure how MardiGrass even happens because everyone running it is stoned.

“As a promoter I’m really jealous. I work hard on my shows, but they just do a couple of drawings for a poster, offer free pot and everyone turns up. I love that.

“I’m thinking, bugger my comedy festival, I should just put on a pot festival.”

Mr Sorrensen will be hosting the Hemp Olympix with Alan Glover.

“It really is the weirdest comedy gig in town,” Mr Sorrensen said.

“Last year in the Bong Throw, for the first time in history a bong flew 50 metres – a world record.

“Nothing brings a tear to a sportsman’s eye to see a bong float in the air for that long.

“People come from all over the world to compete, no kidding. They come from South Africa, the Americas, Europe and even Brisbane.

“Given the drug laws in Queensland, we find they excel at bong throwing.”



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