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    Sandy Gandhi was hysterical as my ‘surprise’ comedian at my milestone birthday party at Gaia Retreat & Spa last year (2008).

    “Sandy, you made me laugh so hard!”

    My American guests wanted to steal her away, back to the USA.

    Olivia Newton-John.

    “Sandy Gandhi is a rare creature – a comedienne whose astute social observation, incisive wit, and a sly sleight of mind evokes the full range of responses from a quiet knowing chuckle to a deep belly laugh.”

    Irina Dunn – Director, Australian Writers Network. www.irinadunn.com.au

    Review: Wet Your Pants – 28th August 2010

    By Russell Eldridge

    Editor of The Northern Star (retired).

    Created, produced, directed, promoted and hosted by Sandy Gandhi, Wet Your Pants lived up to its word – ‘hilarious, hysterical, wickedly, wacky women in Wet Your Pants… the musical. A mostly all girl environmentally sustainable, drought resistant comedy spectacular!’.

    Sandy Gandhi loves words. She loves them so much she toys with them, rearranges them and offers you a playful insight into anything from personal relationships to world affairs.

    She wowed them again  recently at the Byron Bay Bowling Club in a hilarious night of varied comedy performances.

    Sandy has been delighting  local and national audiences with her unique act – well you can’t get much more unique than Australia’s most easterly Indian. She says there was one other, but don’t ask Sandy what happened to him…

    Sandy has been one of the region’s most beloved comediennes for several years now. It’s not only her wonderful comic content and intelligent  wordplay that endears her to audiences. It is also the warmth of her personality.

    While Sandy has a cutting wit, she doesn’t take it out on her audiences. People come away from her shows feeling entertained, refreshed and re-living her one-liners.

    Sandy is also a generous entertainer. Not only does she perform her own shows, but she encourages  newcomers to stand-up comedy and gives them a safe and rewarding start to their careers – in this case, locals Cathy Martin & Sally Brakha on open mic and hammed  up singing transvestite Aleshia-Nicole.

    Many of Sandy’s fans are excited at her taking her comedy to India and Sandy is just as excited  at doing the first female stand-up tour of India with her friend and fellow comic, the multi-talented and irrepressible Jackie Loeb .

    Sandy Gandhi deserves a wider audience and the region  hopes she gets it – no guesses as to who named the India tour which is aptly titled, ‘Get it India!’.

    She will surely be a success there because she understands the gentle playfulness of Indian humour and that country’s love of words.

    Full of curry and totally enlightened!

    Byron Bay Beach Resort was filled with the magnificent aroma of authentic curry and 200 guests who were given a night of great laughs, a clever variety of entertainment and a delicious meal.

    Sandy Gandhi and Friends provided a highly enjoyable evening – the night itself entitled ‘The Full Curry ‘.

    Sandy Gandhi of Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly Indian hosted the night with wonderful warmth and candour. By popular demand, she brought off the shelf, Duster Springfield(RosieLee)!

    In an engaging interview with Michael’s younger brother Russell Parkinson(Russell Eldridge),an amusing, well thought out conversation was had using words and lyrics from Duster’s collection followed by Duster belting out 2 of her hits – an amazing world first, dead woman singing!

    Exposing himself on the night was Magistrate Jeff Linden – we certainly saw a very real and funny side to our local magistrate. His sportive wit was impressive – good on ya Jeff!

    The aroma and laughs were not the only good stuff that made it such a ‘feel good’ night. The perfect accompaniment of superb music and local talent excelled with Hans and the Lovejoys backing the ‘curried crooner’, Mick Ayo from Fiery Foodworks and the man with a song and no day job, Paul Solomon.

    There was an uproar of tears of laughter from the crowd as they were entertained by Brisbane comedian, Jenny Wynter, the Queensland JJJ Raw Comedy Runner Up for 2006. She was absolutely hilarious, quite the genius using ‘off the cuff’ improvisation, musical and conversation..

    Sandy Gandhi has brought comedy up to another level on the north coast and has no doubt left an insatiable appetite for more – An extremely ‘tasteful’ evening in more ways than one.

    Review by Jackie Hinrichsen – Paradise FM 101.9

    A Night of Four Letter Words

    With Sandy Gandhi and friends

    Saturday 28 January

    Review by Irina Dunn

    The Byron Bowlo was filled to capacity last Saturday night for Sandy Gandhi’s “Night of Four Letter Words”, and tho’ the words referred to her friends, they were not this time of the rude variety.

    There was Mand, well-known local comedienne Mandy Nolan, and Hans Lovejoy, Byron vocalist and member of the new group the Hans Lovejoy trio, with keyboard player William Graham and saxophonist David Fanford.

    There was also local Liam Holm, rooky stand-up comic, and Mick Ayo, talented crooner and chef of Fiery Foodworks, and there was the great find of the evening, the mystery guest, of whom more later.

    “Sand” hostessed the show, interposing her sardonic comments and witty take on life between the other acts, which she introduced.  But first she had to thank the many of her service providers who came to her show.  Her dentist, her optometrist, her gynaecologist, her taxi driver, her hairdresser, her photographer, her printer, her pub landlord, her editor, her lawyer, her analyst, her case worker, even her drug dealer.  The plastic surgeon sent his apologies.

    The confident Mandy Nolan was as comically raunchy as ever, and kept us all in stitches, and the novice comic, Liam Holm, had a fine sense of timing and funny material.  The Hans Lovejoy Trio’s smooth and interesting “blues-jazz-tango-bebop” meld had to battle to be heard above the dinner conversation, but delivered a very pleasing interlude to the other acts.  This group deserves a concert of its own.

    The surprise and delight of the evening was a new singing discovery, the Northern Star’s Dusty Springfield, charmingly and confidently sung by none other than citoyenne Rosie Lee.  Rosie, with that voice you can leave the sales department for a life on the stage!

    What a great evening it was, what talent, what enjoyment, what good will.  Mick, what great curry puffs!

    Sand also directed the whole thing.  Chaotic it must have been.  Congratulations, Sand, when’s the next show?

    Irina Dunn

    Executive Director,

    NSW Writers’ Centre

    Indian or cowboy?! Rosita the Flea Whisperer! Comedius Interruptus! Sandy Claus! A Portrait of the Performer as a Wannabe Artist! My one-eared inner holy cow and artist, Vincent Van Cow! Brown Hilda, Queen of rape and Pillage!