Rhys Nicholson Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

I guess it was either do the fringe or write my own Q&A’s to answer. Also I had this big bucket of money that was really getting on my nerves. I was about to set it on fire when I thought “No, Rhys, don’t. Go to the other side of the world to a perpetually wet country and deliver the gift of laughter to tens of people at a time”. And here we are.

What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?

The show is mainly about me being confused by most things and not being allowed to get married. Fun.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

Selling out for the first time felt nice, but so did eating a deep fried piece of pizza last year. Swings and roundabouts.

When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?

A couple years ago I accidentally ate a burger that I thought was mine but turned out to belong to one of the owners of Underbelly. I’ll give you no other context but I’m surprised I’ve been invited back.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

I don’t think onstage talent get enough credit.

Kidding, it’s totally the front and back of house staff. I have no idea when they sleep.

Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Steen Raskopoulos, Daniel Sloss and Susie Youssef.

The one person you’d love to see your show and why? 

Steven Spielberg. I have no interest in being in his films, I just think i would be funny to see Steven Spielberg sitting in a 70 seat comedy venue in the caves of Edinburgh.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

Look, there’s heaps of shows and if we’re honest no one should be seeing anything. Theres a lot going on in the world at the moment. Go watch a sunset. If not come and watch my show because I’ve worked really hard on it and it got nominated for an award once.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Your mother. 

Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting? 

John Waters, Amy Sedaris, Jesus and a distant relative of mine who once asked me what my backup plan was for WHEN comedy failed. Suck it Brad.


Rhys Nicholson – Bona Fide, 9.20pm Underbelly Cowgate

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