27 August 2005

Phil Nichol - Nearly Gay

Awesome show from a man with phenomenal energy. I hummed and harred regarding booking this show as I knew he would be a strong favourite to win the Perrier (and a certainty to be nominated). It's a good job that I did book as not only did politics rob him of a justifable award but I also would have missed out on one of the best shows of the year. The whole act is a story of him trying to reason with himself over another comic, Scott Capuro, attacking him on stage in Edinburgh seven years ago calling him a homophobe. Phil is a great actor (nominated for Best Actor in the Fringe this year for his other play) and it really shows as you believe his character transformations during his story from everyone from his father to Brendon Burns and a bitchy receptionist at a gay hair studio. A great voyage and very funny, I guess telling stories about gayer-than-gay sex, cocaine taking and horrific genital injuries is just too much for the nicey-nicey Perrier Awards (sponsored by the Evil™ Nestle).