Noise Next Door
Nik Coppin, whose mother is English and father is from Barbados, started performing comedy in around 2000, and has since gigged in France, Germany, Spain, Austria, New Zealand and Australia.It was there he performed his debut solo show Spiders! at the Melbourne International Comedy festival in 2006 before taking it to Edinburgh later that year.
Award Winning Comedian, Nik Coppin
If you want to do a show about awards you have won, you'd better have a stunning set or you are destined to fail. Nik Coppin does the latter.
Coppin has brought a self-indulgent show to the Free Festival and sadly he doesn't manage to pull this off in a cheeky or ironic way. It's simply a run-through of various awards he's received, ranging from football to performing in front of three people in the Adelaide Fringe.
Coppin has a bubbly and friendly persona, frequently giggling at his own lines. But he never really bonded with the audience and his interaction was merely fact-finding, he had nothing entertaining to jump off to when presented with good feedback.
Overall his set was strangely structured and his stories are over-filled with superfluous information, facts and place names; plus there's a lot of name-dropping for no discernible benefit. He's like an old friend from school who you bump into and they insist on telling you what they’ve been up to for the last decade, without caring if anyone is interested or not.
By the end the stories were just relentless run-throughs of information, missing potentially more interesting if obvious gags (such as a stripper asking if he likes Brazilian women). There was only one half-heckle which is possibly surprising, given the open goals Coppin laid out, if anyone could be bothered ("anyone done anything they regret?").
‘Just go out there and have fun’ is a message Coppin tries to get over. He clearly practises what he preaches, enjoying what his is doing. Sadly he is in the minority.
|Date of live review: Sunday 14th Aug, '11|
Review by Phill Gillespie
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Seen him perform as a compere and solo - really brings an audience together with his easy style. Very confident, intelligent and quick to pick up on potential audience participation. Can't imagine him getting booed off stage unless the audience were not quite at his level! Easy on the eye and very funny and energetic - may even book him myself very soon.
Nik can draw a disparate audience together and can entertain them with stories from his childhood through to his fear, or is it his love/fascination, of spiders
I was at that Norwich gig too and it is true that Nik didn't have a great time, but he did the last time he was on. And it was actually a member of the audiences idea to 'boo' them back, not Nik's. Were you listening Adam?
Nik Coppin booed? Well there's one for the books. Never have I seen a bad show of Nik's. He wins his crowd over immediately with his charm & charisma & enthusiasm for his work. He is without a doubt one of my favourites. He easily makes people smile and laugh and forget the bad days they may have had. Definitely what I like to see in a comedy act. My friends & I know we are in for a good time when he is performing. Keep it up!
I''m reading these comments in amazement, he came to Norwich in Sept 06 and died.He was not laddish at all. He was not charming or witty. He was however dull and boring and eventually booed off stage. When the booing started his comeback was to boo back! He then said that these boo boys wouldn't let his act to turn into some crap panto. For someone to shout 'Oh yes we will' Everyone erupted into laughter and he walked off stage He was awful unfortunately.Comics must obviously have really bad days. This was his
This man can talk! With natural funnyness he spins a web and captures his audience. I dont think anyone could sit through his show and not laugh. His fascination with spiders is bizarre but hilarious.Hope he comes back to Oz soon - there's not enough funny Englishmen here
An absolute delight and a fantastic comedian who had the audience in the palm of his hand, I'd book him again in an instant.
Saw Nik at The Walnut Tree Maidstone last Thursday. Perhaps I was tired, perhaps my mind was distracted or perhaps he wasn't that funny. I recall smiling once but I didn't laugh. There was something bizare about his tendancy to laugh at all his own jokes, rather like a form of canned laughter, very annoying. Able to deal with hecklers well but still lost half the audience. Not one of the best comedians I have seen.
The Laughing Horse Comedy Gladiators
Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Nik Coppin: Spiders, Man
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
Nik Coppin: Half Blak
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Nik Coppin: Stuff
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Nik Coppin: Loquacious
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Fucking Funny For A Fiver 
Nik Coppin Presents Shaggers
Nik Coppin: Pasquinader
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Award Winning Comedian, Nik Coppin
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Nik Coppin's Caricatures
Nik Coppin: An Audience With Nik Coppin
Edinburgh Fringe 2013
Nik Coppin: Mixed Racist (Free Festival)
Misc live shows
Nik Coppin: Mixed Racist