Nick Cody: On Fire (4 stars)

This article is from 2017

Nick Cody: On Fire

credit: Anneliese Nappa

A deceptively laid-back delivery still packs a punch

Since last year's show, Nick Cody has clocked up that 30th birthday and got married: but that's pretty much the extent of his growing up. The Aussie comedian is still embracing excess, though not in the laddish boozy way you might imagine, more making a mess in lifts while having trouble with menswear.

This is Cody's third Fringe show but by the time he produced his 2015 debut, he'd already shot his first stand-up special, played the invite-only Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and performed all the way around the world. But it's easy to see why his CV is so packed as Cody's deceptively laid-back style of delivery means that it packs one hell of a punch when he lets slip a big old, close-to-the-bone gag. Nothing, it seems, is off limits, from diabetes, terrorist attacks and tales of his 'loose unit' parents.

The big beardy guy's charm and, at first glance, apparently mellow storytelling lulls the audience into a false sense of security, which only serves to intensify the laughs. His subjects may be familiar – stag dos, weddings and tales of beery over-indulgence – but that dark seam of humour gives Nick Cody's hour its edge.

Underbelly Med Quad, until 27 Aug (not 14), 8.20pm, £10–£14.50 (£11.50–£12.50).

Nick Cody: On Fire

  • 4 stars

Gimmick-free comedy from the acclaimed Australian funny man.