Comedian. Writer. Craft Enthusiast.
Razor sharp, daring and downright lascivious, Rhys Nicholson is a wit quickly gaining international acclaim. He also wears nice jackets.
Multi-award winning Australian stand-up, Rhys Nicholson won Best Newcomer at Sydney Comedy Festival in 2012 and has been a talent on the rise ever since. On the Australian comedy scene he is a firm fixture as a Sydney Comedy Store regular and headliner in clubs all over the country. Known within the industry for unrelenting, rapid fire punchlines, he has supported the likes of Louis CK, Amy Schumer, Kathy Griffin, Fiona O’Loughlin and Wil Anderson and received invitations to perform all over the world, including New York, Edinburgh, Dublin, New Zealand and London.
2016 in particular was a pivotal year for Rhys, he was hand selected to perform his solo show, Bona Fide at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, received a nomination for the illustrious Barry Award and went on to sell out shows throughout Australia and across the globe at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that August.
Also that year, to highlight the importance of marriage equality in Australia, Rhys publicly married lesbian and fellow comedian Zoe Coombs Marr at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Not to mention, being the subject of an Archibald Prize finalist by Melissa Ritchie entitled ‘Rhys Smart Mouth’
Alongside his booming stand-up career, Rhys is fast becoming a favourite across our small screens too. In 2014 alongside Joel Creasey, Rhys co-hosted ABCTV’s celebrated documentary GayCrashers. The documentary saw the duo traveling to the small town of Colac and performing a stand up show after Creasey had been involved in a homophobic attack on an earlier visit to the town. Further credits include appearances on Dirty Laundry Live, Channel 7 Morning Show’s Style Squad as well as performing stand up on Network Ten’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala, Balls of Steel (Comedy Channel), ABC2’s Comedy Up Late, JFL Stand Up Series and The Sydney Comedy Festival Gala.
Most recently Rhys has returned from another successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his new show, I’m Fine which also showcased at London’s classy Soho Theatre in October. He’s currently splitting his time between Aus and the UK where he has a number of exciting bookings and projects in development.
“Nicholson is an astute satirist of the world around him. Clever, a bit below-the-belt… blatantly very funny.” – ★★★★ – Sydney Morning Herald
“Razor-sharp, corrosive wit” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Nicholson is an expert in line-crossing while keeping an audience onside.” – ★★★★ Crikey
“He belongs on the stage, and isn’t afraid to show it” – The Guardian
“Honest and filthy, yes. Intelligent and hilarious? Without a doubt.” – ★★★★ Beat Mag
“This is brilliant, confronting, confessional comedy” – ★★★★ Herald Sun
“Cripplingly Funny” –★★★★ Sunday Express
“A tongue that strips flesh” – ★★★★ SGFringe
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