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 his 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.
Here are some nice things people have said about him:
"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
“Rhys Nicholson at the top of his game. His economy of words is at a Jerry Seinfeld-level, with more edge and less zeroes in his bank account.” ★★★★½ - The Herald Sun (Aus)
“There's not a single moment that doesn't work, nor any story that falls flat. Nicholson is truly at the top of his game” ★★★★★ - The NZ Herald
"Sheer comedy brilliance” ★★★★ - The List (UK)
2012: Time Out Award for Best Newcomer, Sydney Comedy Festival — Winner
2013: Sydney Comedy Festival Mx Best Joke Award — Winner
2016: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Best Show Award — Nominated
2017: ARIA Award for Best Comedy Album — Nominated
2017: New Zealand Comedy Festival Best International Act — Nominated
2018: New Zealand Comedy Festival Best International Act — Winner
2018: New Zealand Comedy Guild Award — Winner
2018: Helpmann Award for Best Comedy —Nominated
2019: Helpmann Award for Best Comedy —Nominated
Film and TV Credits
The Stand Up Show - CBC
Roast Battle - Comedy Central UK
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
Live Solo Shows
Social Liability (2011)
Almost a Person (2012)
Dawn of a New Error (2013)
Bona Fide (2016)
I'm Fine (2017)
Nice People Nice Things Nice Situations (2019)