Rhys Nicholson is a Multi-award winning Australian stand-up, writer, podcaster and collager.
After moving to Sydney in 2009 at the age of 18, Rhys was very enthusiastic but had limited success as a comedian until in 2012 when he won the Best Newcomer award at the Sydney Comedy Festival.
For a few years Rhys quietly plodded along performing all over the place, trying to get better and not doing anything particularly special until 2016 when he was selected to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, he sold out his run, received a nomination for the illustrious Melbourne Comedy Festival Award for Best Show award for best show and went on to sell out shows throughout Australia and the UK. 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. Zoe won the award for best show. Rhys is fine with that.
With an enormous passion for performing stand up, his live work continues to receive awards and accolades around the world. Within two years he was nominated for an Aria Award for best Comedy Album, twice nominated for a The Helpmann Award for best Comedy Show and in 2018 he won the New Zealand Comedy Festival Best Show award.
Alongside a booming stand-up career, Nicholson is fast becoming a favourite across our small screens too. With a whole bunch of TV credits in Australia including various acting roles, panels shows, a documentary and an hour stand up special commissioned by ABCTV. In 2018 Rhys was invited to film yet another of his shows for the the BBC making is UK TV debut at the prestigious BBC Broadcasting House in London. Later that year he would go on perform in the Comedy Central UK smash hit Roast Battle. Rhys lost and is fine with that.
Then early 2019 the inconceivable happened and Rhys was hand picked to be one of three opening acts for Conan O’Brien during his Australian tour. Then a couple months later he was invited to Los Angeles where he made his USA television debut with a stand up spot on the Conan Show. Conan hugged Rhys. He was fine with it.
Never happy to sit still for very long, Nicholson is currently splitting his time between Australia, America and the UK where he has a number of exciting bookings and projects in development.
NICE THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID
"This is a genuinely great stand-up comedian at work – in total command of his material and audience – and it’s awe-inspiring to watch"- ✭✭✭✭✭ - TIMEOUT 2019
“Nicholson is an astute satirist of the world around him. Clever, a bit below-the-belt... blatantly very funny” - ✭✭✭✭✭ - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 2018
“Razor-sharp, corrosive wit” SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 2017
“evolving into an incisive wizard of stinging wit.” SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 2016
“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 (UK)
“Honest and filthy, yes. Intelligent and hilarious? Without a doubt.” ✭✭✭✭ BEAT MAG
”Hilarious…uproariously catty…sure to entertain with his sharp wit.” ✭✭✭✭ HERALD SUN
“This is brilliant, confronting, confessional comedy” ✭✭✭✭ HERALD SUN
“His style of humour was fresh, daring and definitely killed.” ✭✭✭✭ THE AU REVIEW
“Cripplingly Funny” ✭✭✭✭ Sunday Express (UK)
“A tongue that strips flesh” ✭✭✭✭ SGFringe (UK)
Nice People, Nice Things, Nice Situations (2019)
Seminal (2018) Won Best International New Zealand Comedy Festival
I'm Fine (2017) Nominated Best Show New Zealand Comedy Festival
Bona Fide (2016) Nominated Best Show Melbourne Int Comedy Festival
Forward (2015) Nominated Best Show PCF
Eurgh (2014) Wasn't nominated for anything. In retrospect, probably not a great show.
Dawn Of A New Error (2013) Won Best Joke SCF
Almost A Person (2012) Won Best Newcomer SCF
FILM & TV
Conan - TBS
Live From the BBC - BBC
GAYCRASHERS - ABCTV
Cram - Network 10
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala 2019 - ABCTV
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala 2018 - ABCTV
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala 2017 - ABCTV
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala 2016 - Network 10
JUST FOR LAUGHS STAND UP SERIES- Comedy Channel
SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL CRACKER NIGHT- Comedy Channel
THE FEED - SBS
DIRTY LAUNDRY- ABCTV
COMEDY UP LATE 2014- ABCTV
COMEDY UP LATE 2015- ABCTV
COMEDY UP LATE 2016- ABCTV
COMEDY UP LATE 2017- ABCTV
THE MORNING SHOW – STYLE SQUAD- Channel 7
HOUSOS VS AUTHORITY- Feature Film
MAKING FRIENDS WITH RHYS NICHOLSON - Webseries
BALLS OF STEEL Series 1 & 2 - Comedy Channel
2010 - present
2010 - present