Nurse is living her dream

September 12, 2017

Judie Walker will bring her stand-up show to Mooroopna next month. Picture: Wangaratta Chronicle

A full-time nurse who moonlights as a comedian will bring her stand-up show back to where it all started, Mooroopna.

Wangaratta’s Judi Walker completed her nursing training at Mooroopna and District Base Hospital in the 1970s.

She said it felt right to bring her show Giddy-Up Nursee!! back to the place which launched her career.

‘‘The show is based on my years of experience as a nurse and the ‘giddy up’ factor really pertains to the fact that nurses are always so busy and rushed for time,’’ Mrs Walker said.

‘‘We’re running here and we’re running there and it’s almost like we’ve got a whip crack behind it.’’

Mrs Walker was inspired to step into the stand-up comedy realm after experiencing an ‘‘I could do that’’ moment while watching a stand-up show earlier this year.

‘‘I thought the show was stopping for an interval, but it was actually finished and I thought, ‘oh she only spoke for an hour, I could speak for an hour, I’ve got a lot to talk about’,’’ she said.

After a bit of publicity, Mrs Walker’s first show sold out a week before she was due to hit the stage.

‘‘It’s so exciting to be doing what I absolutely love to do,’’ she said.

‘‘Even though nursing has been a wonderful career, I’ve always loved performing and to be doing this now, well I think it just really sends out a loud and clear message that you are never too old to live your dream.’’

■Giddy-Up Nursee!! is at WestSide, Echuca Rd, Mooroopna on Friday, September 15, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are $30 and are available at Riverlinks Box Office, 70 Welsford St, Shepparton, or at the Riverlinks website http://

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