Nelly Thomas is Not a Yummy Mummy

Nelly Thomas is Not a Yummy MummyWith the current baby boom in Melbourne, comedian Nelly Thomas should have no shortage of audience members for her show Nelly Thomas Is Not a Yummy Mummy. Anyone who knows or is interested in the topic of motherhood, especially new motherhood, will probably find much to relate to in this jam-packed hour. Even the few (three, to be exact) men in the audience seemed to chuckle.

Thomas describes a yummy mummy as someone who bounces back into shape a nanosecond after giving birth and this, she freely admits, she is not. The promotional poster for the show displays a very (un)resplendent Thomas shortly before the arrival of her daughter, Rose. Her belly is gloriously popping out of her track pants. Leaking nipples and large spots of congealed food stain her t-shirt and her hair looks like it hasn’t been washed in a month. She is much more grubby mummy than yummy mummy! Luckily, she fronts up better in person, presenting as fairly sane and even glowing – claiming she has been working on her voluptuous “post-baby” body for the past ten years and she is mighty proud of it.

This is a show utterly and completely about pregnancy and all that goes along with it - dogmatic maternal health nurses, gossipy mothers’ groups, patronizing pregnancy books, the embarrassing honesty of kids and socializing with childless friends. She throws in a bit of politics – speaking out for gay marriage and finds an opportunity to regal us with large pictures of Rose engaged in various cute activities. While Thomas’s observations are not necessarily earth shattering, they are very funny and really hit the mark. Perhaps I just thought so because I am heavily pregnant myself, although the capacity audience all seemed to appreciate the material. It may not be a show for all demographics, but Nelly Thomas Is Not a Yummy Mummy will satisfy many punters.


Nelly Thomas is Not a Yummy Mummy

Venue: Trades Hall | 2 Lygon Street, Carlton Sth
Dates: 19th Mar - 12th Apr
Times: Tue-Sat 8.15pm, Sun 6 Apr 4pm
Duration: 55 minutes
Tickets: Full $22, Conc $16.50, Tightarse Tuesday $17.50, Cry Baby Session (Kids Free) $22
Bookings: 9659 3569 & at the door

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