Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Review: Rhys Nicholson: Nice People, Nice Things, Nice Situations at Underbelly

Review: Rhys Nicholson: Nice People, Nice Things, Nice Situations at Underbelly
5★★★★★

Rhys Nicholson is an instantly likeable character with a sharp appearance, exceptional stage presence and an outrageous charm with no brakes.

It’s hard to pinpoint just what exactly the show is about as it’s a manic sprint through varied topics including school reunions, owning a dog, regrettable drug episodes and being on the cusp of turning 30. 

Gender and LGBTQ rights are particularly endearing points of discussion, and whilst papered over with raucous humour, there are important messages scattered throughout that you can’t help but feel for the comedian and others in the same boat with the struggles they’ve faced and continue to experience in a society that, as a whole, really should be a great deal more accepting of other human beings. 

Whilst on the face of it, this show may seem slightly scatterbrain, in the engine room it’s the exact opposite. Nicholson lists off local cultural references with ease throughout, Boots, Lidl, Bank of Scotland and Fife to name a few. Based in Australia, it would be easy to namecheck homegrown references, and there would be absolutely no beratement for doing so, but it’s in going the extra mile to further engage with the audience that stands this comic out from their peers. 

Rhys Nicholson’s hour is a bit like a Jägerbomb without the hangover. From start to finish the show was every bit as good as last year’s five-star Seminal with an equal measurement of laughter, the same relentless energy and just the right amount of near breakdown material from the ringleader.

It’s a no-brainer, this is a must-see show. 

Rhys Nicholson, Nice People, Nice Things, Nice Situations, Underbelly, Bristo Square until 25 Aug, 8:40 pm (& 11:30 pm on 23 Aug)