Nick Helm - Dare to Dream
Shouty Marmite musical act
This article is from 2011.
Nick Helm is whipping up quite a storm on the comedy circuit, and you can see why. He is certainly a force to be reckoned with: confident, commanding, and able to straddle the line between brusque, brash delivery, and engaging moments of mock-vulnerability which keep the audience on-side throughout.
He’s equipped with a mixed bag of jokes, poems and songs, some of which are carbonated with wry, cheeky wit but others, disappointingly, never seem to have a punchline or a point. We’ve seen from his earlier material such as the rascally song ‘He Makes You Look Fat’, that Helm is at his best as a gravelly-voiced jongleur with a guitar, and he’ll give you ‘15 More Reasons to Stay’ with him in a tour de force of a song halfway through the show.
The emotional breakdown ending, however, draws more uncomfortable titters than belly-laughs, and his charmingly bullish delivery is too often swept away by a cyclone of shouting. Yes, we can entertain a rambunctious opening to make sure the audience are on board and attentive; but like the old proverb says, you can have too much of an offensively loud thing. And this is too much. That said, you know what you’re getting with Helm’s full-on, full-volume persona, and he’s sure to divide opinions, like Marmite or pie charts.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug, 4pm, £11–£12 (£9.50–£11).