Who? Rhys Nicholson
What? Nice People Nice Things Nice Situations
Where? Underbelly, Bristo Square – Friesian (Venue 302)
What are your feelings as you enter into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe season?
There is always a level of ‘holy shit is it August already? Ooft’ but that passes around the start of September. I’m feeling okay about it all really. I’ve been touring around Australia and New Zealand and having a pretty fun time. This will be my seventh Edinburgh. I can’t tell if I feel more confident or the six other years have just worked me down to a sociopath. Either way you should come and watch the result.
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
The show is vaguely about an email I got from a rather angry lady called Carol (spoiler alert). It is mostly just an hour of what I hope is funny talking. I’ve sent Carol an invite to the show. No response.
What is the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
I work with a guy who directs my shows. This man also happens to be my fiancé. Small world. The biggest obstacles are usually when he recommends I perform something in a certain way. I tell him he’s wrong and then go onstage and find out his is in fact nearly always right. Absolutely infuriating.
Has your attitude towards the Fringe changed at all in recent years?
I think I spent a whole bunch of years treating the Fringe like it was some sort of war to be won. I’d come back to Australia and talk about it like I deserved a medal. Actually, no, thinking about it those first few years were horrific and I do deserve a medal. Give me a medal. I’m a gift.
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
There are some great people coming this year that I’m pretty excited about. My friend Liza Treyger is coming all the way from New York. Go see her. She is one of my favourites. Daniel Connell is an Australian and one of the best stand ups in the country. Go look at him. He’s a good boy. Also London is nice in August.
Where would you like to be in a year’s time?
Writing my Nobel Prize acceptance speech for my work in government and sciences. Failing that, I’ll probably be sitting here filling out Q&As for Edinburgh Fringe.