Interview with Nick Cody

In the run up to Voice's latest coverage of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we have dozens of interviews with performers like standup comedian Nick Cody, who we'll be seeing up there.

Interview with Nick Cody

Firstly, could you introduce yourself, and give a quick summary of your show?

A blend of storytelling and observational comedy with a bloke-ish tinge to it. Most importantly though, it's hilarious, which really helps.

What is your earliest arts memory?

My parents playing me Billy Connolly records when I was six. I laughed so hard at 5% of it and was confused by the other 95%. They explained the jokes to me and then I listened again and was hooked.

What first encouraged you to become a performer?

Loving stand-up and not wanting a real job. I run my life. It's the best. I hate being in a position where people tell me what to do.

Do you remember your first professional performance, and how did it go?

I was in my late teens and it was a comedy comp in Melbourne, Australia. The 5 minutes went by so fast. I have a recording of it still. I don't think I took a breath the whole time. Got some laughs though, which definitely helped.

What do you feel is the best thing about your job?

No boss and getting to hang out with the funniest people in the world.

Conversely, what is the worst?

If I tour too much, I really miss home and my fiancee. Small price to pay though. It's generally a pretty sweet life.

How do you decide whether or not a show has gone well?

Depends how I feel. If the crowd is onboard and I feel my performance was great, perfect. If only one of those things happen, I don't like it.

If you could work with anybody, dead or alive, who would you choose to collaborate with?

UFC Featherweight Champion, Conor McGregor. We are both funny, loud mouth, red bearded, pale weapons.

What made you want to come to Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

New experiences. New challenges.

Is performing at EdFringe different from 'traditional' shows?

From a show perspective not really. I'm performing my hour and constantly fine tuning it regardless of where I am in the world. The big difference though is I'm in a beautiful city for a month and can check out a lot of shows before and after mine.

If you could travel back in time and give 16 year-old you one piece of advice, what would it be?

"Hey mate, you nailed it. Don't change anything. Oh, except that you should leave that one girlfriend much earlier than you did. Congrats"

What advice would you give to young people who want to enter the industry?

Do every gig that you can. 2 hours away for a five minute free spot? Do it. Do them all. Only way to get better.

Do you have social media that our readers can follow you on?

/thenickcody on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

Where can people catch your show during EdFringe?

Assembly George Square Studios - 3. 21:20

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