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The globetrotting comedian parks his boots in Edinburgh after an eight
Nick Wilty's certainly not been slacking during his time away, with
acclaimed appearances at the Auckland, Melbourne, Montreal and New
York Comedy Festivals. He was the first stand-up comedian to play in
Borneo and also performed that comedy circuit staple, a three night
engagement at the National Theatre of Iceland. Managing to come to a
standstill for a whole month, Nick now premieres his brand new show at
The Stand Comedy Club.
Chronicling his true adventures and misadventures in the years B.C.
(Before Comedy), the laidback raconteur recounts what led to the
impressive tally of 38 jobs across 111 countries. From buying himself
out of the British Army post-Falklands War service to becoming a
professional comedian, Nick promises an autobiographical romp of
Paraguayan bandits, drink and drug related shenanigans and generally
trying to nearly snuff it across 4 continents. Nick effortlessly mines
laughs from jaw-dropping 'it could only happen to me' horror stories-
he's like the best pub mate you've never had.
But this breeziness belies one of the sharpest comedic minds around.
These aren't just tales of empty bravado, rather impeccably fine-tuned
anecdotes laced with deadly accurate wit. As Chortle puts it, his is a
talent 'that allows him to straddle highbrow and lowbrow with equal
Nick's life has truly been one well lived and his confessional style
mines this rich seam- he's as far removed as is possible from
typically anaemic observational comedy. His return to inject his
customary vitality into the Fringe is long overdue and hugely welcome.
When Irvine Welsh memorably describes you as 'the f**king dog's b***ocks',
how could Edinburgh not welcome you with open arms?
'Try to beg a ticket, because this has to be the funniest show at the
Comedy Festival. 27 stars (out of 5)'
Herald Sun, Melbourne
'The hit of the festival'
DB Mag, Adelaide
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