Nick Cody: Beard Game Strong (4 stars)

This article is from 2015

Nick Cody: Beard Game Strong

An assured and incisive blokey debut from Australia’s next big thing

You can easily see why Bill Burr and Jim Jefferies headhunted Nick Cody to provide support on their antipodean tours. The Australian has all the requisite blokiness tinged with a measure of self-disregard to fit right in with that pair’s core audience. He also just so happens to be in possession of a handful of routines that are among the most hilarious at this year’s Fringe, making him a strong contender for a Best Newcomer nomination.

Bikram Choudhury might not have expected to crop up in a bundle of 2015 Fringe comedy shows for his now-notorious ‘hot yoga’ technique, but Cody is one of those who are straight in there, wondering what other activities could accurately be dubbed ‘Bikram’. There’s also an opening perusal of the methods he utilises to ensure that his own air travel experience is largely child-free and he has a few predictable but still funny attacks on fruitarians, food allergy sufferers and anyone who has the temerity to enjoy high art.

Where Cody truly excels is in his surgical dissection of daft or dangerous things that have happened to him. These veer from the low-level jeopardy of being unable to fathom the safe workings of a toilet hose in a Thai hotel to the genuine peril of entertaining the troops in Kandahar with the Taliban preparing to strike on a seemingly hourly basis. As for the very close encounter with a bear in deepest Alaska, it’s an edge-of-the-seat tale which piles on the laughs.

Cody’s Beard Game Strong is an analytical overview of the modern male and an incisive exploration about where true heroism lies. Bravery might not reside in the act of telling jokes up on stage in front of a liberal, arts-appreciating audience (some of whom might even like ballet). But within that context, the rap-loving Nick Cody goes the extra mile for his crowd.

Assembly George Square Studios, 623 3030, until 30 Aug (not 17), 9.40pm, £10–£12.50 (£9–£11.50).

Nick Cody – Beard Game Strong

  • 4 stars

Gimmick-free comedy from the acclaimed Australian funny man.