Nelly Thomas has been described as one of Australia's most natural comedians. 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. Nelly is a regular guest on ABC Local Radio and Radio National and writes extensively in the print and online media, including as a columnist for New Matilda. She has written three books What Women Want, Some Girls and Some Boys and produced a DVD, The Talk - a comedic sexual health and ethics DVD for young people. Nelly sprung into comedy suddenly, winning the Triple J Raw Comedy competition in 2003 (at the ripe old age of 28 and with a working life behind her). Since then she's done all the things comedians normally do - toured Australia and overseas, established a Melbourne Comedy room, done a bit of radio and telly and performed at hundreds of gigs and a couple of dozen festivals. She's also directed shows by some incredible comedians including Maria Bamford and Stella Young. Alongside her normal comedy work, Nelly has forged a specialist and stellar career in comedic health promotion and is highly sought after as a health promotion speaker and MC. She performs at and MC's conferences, functions and other events; often travelling the country delivering key-notes on a range of health and social issues, especially around women's and adolescent health. Finally, and most importantly, Nelly was once an uner-13s Girl's BMX Champion and has grown two humans of her own.