It's fair to say Mandy Nolan's life contains a rather packed schedule.
The comedian has five children, written five books, hosts a podcast, and is the Greens candidate for the federal seat of Richmond.
There's also her latest stand-up comedy show, titled The Full Mandy.
"I do have a lot on my plate," she said.
"(This show will) basically be a full hour of my best gear.
"I've been performing as a stand-up for about 30 years, I'm a writer, and I tour around the country as part of a number of touring shows.
"It's really very much about the lived experience of a mother of five with three different husbands - not all of them at the same time."
Moving to Byron Bay in the mid-90's, Nolan helped pioneer a thriving comedy scene. She heads up seven regular comedy rooms and two comedy festivals in the region.
Nolan said it was important to her to keep busy.
"When you're a creative person living in a regional area, you have to learn to make your own work," she said.
"And I think in doing that it means you become more innovative. Whereas there's things I've done here that maybe if I was living in a metropolitan area... Maybe I wouldn't have written five books.
"You end up doing some really interesting things.
"I love being busy, and I love making something out of nothing."
The Northern Rivers-based performer said "being a comedian who's jumped into politics" had proven interesting thus far, and a real learning curve.
"As a comic, I've satirised, critiqued and become quite a fierce opinion writer," she said.
"And a lot of my comedy is around that... As a comic, you often feel like you're standing on the fringe, yelling.
"By stepping into politics, it feels like I've stepped inside the square and gone, 'okay, it's all well and good to be on the outside agitating or saying how things should be. But what does it look like when you actually get involved and get your hands dirty?'"
Comedians have made a living from criticising and even outright mocking politicians, but Nolan wasn't concerned about potentially being targeted in such a way.
"I feel comedy has set me up well for politics, in that there's not much you can do to me that hasn't already happened to me," she said.
"I've been trolled, hassled, heckled and followed home.
"So while it will probably get worse, I'm not a nice accountant from the suburbs, or a lawyer, someone from a fairly staid profession.
"I've been turning up solo to adversarial rooms that don't really want me for a long time. I'm a woman in comedy. After you've walked into a barn full of drunk blokes at a football club, it's not going to be that hard to walk into Parliament."
Nolan will perform The Full Mandy at the South Coast Writers Centre, Coledale Hall on Sunday, July 11.
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