Rhys Nicholson: Dawn of a New Error
Wickedly racy full-frontal assault on inner-anxiety and antigay religious zealots by Australian comedian
This article is from 2013.
Rhys Nicholson is part of the cohort of standup comedians that argue anything can be funny. It’s all up for grabs. To make a joke about something is to diminish its power and allows us to control and reshape public perception. Nicholson has fostered this very idea from childhood, growing up as a gay youngster in Newcastle, Australia, once bullied and embittered by encounters with bigots.
Stay well clear if you’re easily offended; Nicholson’s full-frontal assault on awkward sexual happenstances, gay relationships and inner-anxiety is wickedly racy. He’s reintroduced and recycled jokes from 2009 onwards to trim what is now an almost perfectly timed routine, reeling against the antigay religious zealots who have condemned his sexuality.
It’s always hard to discern, however, whether or not Nicholson is playing just for shock value. Some stories are over-elaborate and hint at how he embellishes just a little too much on occasion, while his smutty material searches for a collective cringe rather than a successful punch-line. Prepare for these moments to come thick and fast in a show which vaunts a series of outrageous events.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 26 Aug (not 13), 10.45pm, £10.50–£11.50 (£9.59–£10.50)