The coiffured Australian, Rhys Nicholson, returns to this year’s Edinburgh Festival, with his sixth show, Seminal, to the new Underbelly venue, the Jersey Room, on Bristo Square, with his razor sharp wit.
Rhys spoke with The Fountain about how proud he is of this year’s gig and exclaims his love for our desire to deep-fry all foods.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Yes it is exciting. It’s my sixth Ed Fringe so the festival itself isn’t the exciting bit anymore. I’m more looking forward to seeing a bunch of my friends. It’s like summer camp for people with substance abuse issues. It’s the greatest. Also Scottish food. I really respect the Scot’s culinary practices. They look at something delicious like a slice of pizza think “This product is almost perfect, but I think we can make it better”. So they deep fry it. Well done Scotland.
TF: Seminal certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Intriguing you say? Sure. I quite like my show this year. It’s a stand up show so it’s basically an hour of jokes but there is a focus on the gay marriage vote that my country (Australia) just went through. Don’t worry, not in like a boring, preachy way. There’s loads of good ol’ fashioned dick jokes in there. To be honest this is the first time in quite awhile I have been excited to do my show every night. Usually I’m bored of it by this point.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
Do you want the honest answer? I could say something like “comedy is very important and it changes lives” but I think we both know that would be a little too much. The “project” was driven by the fact that I am a comedian and if I don’t do a “project” every year I will not be able to eat or pay my mortgage. But again, this year feels different to other years. I’m very proud of my little comedy concert.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?
My true and honest answer is to see as many show’s as possible but also don’t ruin yourself. I join a pool every year. Every morning I go for a swim and that helps resets me. Extra bonus if the place has a steam room. You can sweat all the booze out. Also if you feel you need to cry, do it in the shower. It’s very freeing.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond The Fringe?
I’m going to the USA for a bit after the fringe. Do some shows and try not to get shot. Then I’ll get on a plane, put on a movie starring Jennifer Aniston and cry in the sky.
Rhys Nicholson: Seminal, Underbelly Jersey Room, Bristo Square, 8.05pm, 4th – 26th August