Could you first introduce yourself to the reader?
My name is Rhys Nicholson. I am a comedian, Taurus and 5 foot 11 inches on my stockinged feet.
Tell us about your show?
My show is around 55 minutes of me talking. Mainly about myself. Sometimes about others.
I mean, I guess this year it has a lot to do with the vote on gay marriage we just had in Australia. I will be talking a bunch about that. But like, not ad nauseam. It’s not in a preachy way. In fact you probably won’t even realise I’m talking about gay marriage most of the time. You’ll think I’m just making dick jokes. Then later on you’ll be like “ooooooh. That was about gay marriage and human rights”. Or maybe not. Maybe you’ll think they’re dick jokes. Each to their own. There’s a not of dick jokes in the show.
Why do you want to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is it different from other festivals?
I don’t want to perform to be honest. My entire immediate family have been kidnapped by a sect of Scottish terrorist and will only let my the loved ones go if I do the festival 6 times and sell out some of my weekends. Its been a stressful 6 years but I’m getting used to it.
I guess what I’m saying is please come to my show so my family can go free.
What first motivated you to enter the industry? Who were your inspirations?
I don’t think very many people come into comedy because they have enormous aspirations of stardom. Usually we are just people who can’t do anything else. I definitely wanted to be a comedian for a long time but it’s the first thing I tried to be and its working so I’ve kept doing it. You never know, maybe I’d have been an amazing doctor. We’ll never know the lives that have been lost because I decided to demand attention from strangers on a nightly basis.
Do you ever feel any pressure to be a social commentator, or constantly update material to respond to events?
Not really no. My work doesn’t really have to do much with that type of stuff. I’m more obsessed with the minutia of people. I think you learn a lot more about someone and their views by seeing how they treat someone in the service industry than by asking their thoughts on Syria.
Equally, do you feel there has been a shift in public sentiment that has affected your work?
Describe the last year in 5 words or less?
Definitely twelve months in length.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to take a show up to the fringe?
Back off mate. I was here first. This is my patch.
And what advice do you wish you’d been given when entering the industry?
“Don’t go and talk to those terroristy looking Scottish people over there. They will kidnap your family.”
When and where can people see your show?
9.05pm Underbelly. Bristo Square.
And where can people find, follow and like you online?