There is a cracking mix of some of the finest, award winning and diverse comedians in the world on tonight.
Rhys Nicholson – You might have seen him on the Project this week getting at Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with a cheeky dig at the Federal Government’s lack of progressive thought on same-sex marriage rights, and frankly all over the internet as well. But Rhys has become one to see as a Live Stand up. Clearly one of the best comedians in the country right now.
He has sold out shows at both Sydney Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival and is coming down to Happy’s to clear a path of brilliant laughs.
In 2016 he was nominated for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Awards (the biggest comedy award in Australia) WINNER – Best Newcomer at the 2012 Sydney Comedy Festival Awards. Rhys Nicholson is known for his spine tinglingly stylish black comedy. Brilliantly irreverent and unapologetic, his unique brand of wry humour and sardonic wit combined with a complete lack of self-censorship make for hilarious social commentary. The Newcastle-born comedian is ruthless. No subject is taboo.
“So clearly match-fit. The most powerful he’s ever been. He comes in peace and leaves you in pieces.” ★★★★½ Herald Sun
“Clever, a bit below-the-belt… blatantly very funny.” ★★★★½ Sydney Morning Herald
“Nicholson is an astute satirist of the world around him. Clever, a bit below-the-belt… blatantly very funny” – ✭✭✭✭✭ – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 2015
“Razor-sharp, corrosive wit” SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 2013
“evolving into an incisive wizard of stinging wit.” SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 2014
“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)
With Nick Sun – Born into a renowned Himalayan Circus family who illegally immigrated to Australia in the 1970’s, Nick burst onto the scene in 2004 after winning both JJJ ‘RAW Comedy’ and UK’s highly esteemed New Act competition, ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ in 2004, a feat that has not been repeated by anyone else since. In 2006 he followed this up with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Director’s Festival choice award for his show, ‘Blood on the yolk’s in the Key of Owls.’
Nick has since travelled the world continuously, honing his craft and developing his idiosyncratic style, extensively touring America, Canada, Hong Kong, Europe, Scandinavia, United Kingdom and of course Australia, making him a truly international comedian.
A favourite amongst top comedians- his 2010 Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Dreamfist’ was personally recommended by Daniel Kitson- he’s been tipped for greatness by his peers, personally selected as tour support for such comedy greats as Marc Maron, Doug Stanhope and Chris Rock. Nick’s comedic style has been described as honest, intelligent and unique. His semi-improvisational style combines confessional anecdotes and satirical social commentary. With his unique, charismatic stage presence, Nick is a truly original, cliche-free comedian like no other working in the industry today.
‘Smart material with an ugly self-destruction at it’s heart that makes it necessary to be there ‘live’… If you see Nick Sun and you didn’t enjoy it, it’s because you sucked as an audience.’ – Doug Stanhope
‘A bittersweet mix of enjoyment, uncontrollable laughter, awkwardness, and bewilderment. Completely unlike anything else around.’ – Chortle
‘His multilayered material is inspired in its warped convention rattling logic.’ – Chortle
‘The real deal… Touched with a certain unorthodox kind of genius… Rewarding and always idiosyncratic.’ – Guardian
With Liz Stephens a stand-up comedian and comedy writer from the UK. She has performed in venues all over the world – from German TV shows to a goods lift at the Edinburgh Festival.
Since moving to Australia, Liz has been entertaining audiences on both coasts with her punchline driven gags and general cheekiness.
Liz has also been a content writer for Good News Week and various BBC Radio 4 comedy shows and produces her own internationally syndicated iTunes podcast, The Weekly News From Bed.
PLUS THREE SPECIAL GUEST COMEDIANS