the star of Rhys Nicholson it certainly grew, progressing from a struggling Sydney comedian, selling homemade bow ties after shows, and working the night box office, to presenting his own sold-out one-hour show at the same venue – it was certainly an impressive journey to witness.
Their show would be a triumph of navigating a trove of topics from first jobs, ADHD diagnoses, long-term relationships to learning to cope with your age: “You’re always the oldest you’ve ever been! ,” Nicholson declares as he contemplates the fear of growing old.
Nicholson had the important but complicated ability to relate to everyone in the room. That’s no easy feat for an artist who is now proudly non-binary and gay, but also grew up in the mining town of Newcastle (“my shit!”) and has a loving, supportive family. That said, their part about the divorce and wanting to get married soon – so they can – had the ecstatic space.
The theme of the night was ‘risk’ (“gays have risky blood”) and it was a perfect analogy for the path the comedian took, which turned out to be worth it, presenting the opportunity for them to appear as judges in the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.
Despite working with a range of themes, some of which could certainly be declared ‘risky’ (see: awakenings and departures from heterosexual pornography), the comedian worked with them, not just brazen and humor, but intellect and self-awareness that kept the audience in check. firmly on Nicholson’s side. And really, if you weren’t, maybe that’s his own problem.
“I’ve always dreamed of being on stage at the Enmore Theatre,” Rhys Nicholson admitted at the start of the show and it was there that the former box office worker would give a celebratory performance that should always be remembered as a dream come true.
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Reviewer appeared on May 6. Rhys will perform again at the Enmore Theater on Saturday, May 21. Tickets can be purchased HERE
The Sydney Comedy Festival runs until May 22nd – visit their website for more details