Eddies winner with a far from heroic show
This article is from 2007.
When a comic stands before his crowd after yet another uninspired anecdote and asks: ‘Don’t you think that was hilarious? I thought that was hilarious,’ you can only conclude that he knows he is in big trouble. With Hiro Worship, last year’s inaugural Eddies main award winner Phil Nichol has bags of bother to contend with. Blaming the lack of enthusiasm in the room somewhat randomly on those in the audience who have never seen him perform before, he ploughs on through a tepid and repetitive story of being stalked by a disturbed Japanese guy with a Rolling Stones infatuation. And just in case you don’t know what the Rolling Stones sound like, Phil and his merry band launch into snippets of their songs, a wholly futile exercise that could have been dumped without losing any of the show’s ‘impact’ and would have allowed us to escape ten minutes earlier.
Sure, Phil Nichol has got energy by the truckload, but when there is no real focus to it or proper location for its chanelling, it all just becomes so much white noise. But the worst sin he commits here follows the only memorable segment of the show, while recounting the moment that he has to finally say goodbye to the stalker he has grown to like. On reconstructing the scene, Nichol acts his little socks off to wring genuine emotion out of his performance, only to turn on the audience and mock those who made the crucial mistake of being moved by his acting. Awful. (Brian Donaldson)
The Stand, 558 7272, until 26 Aug, 8.10pm, £10 (£8).