2010:Nominated for best headliner in the Chortle Awards.
2007: Nominated for best headliner in the Chortle Awards
2006: Appeared as the producer in Rob Brydon's BBC Three series Annually Retentive
2005: Appeared in BBC Two's Broken News, as camp showbiz reporter Josh Cashman on this BBC2 spoof
2003: Chortle Award nominee for best headliner
2002: Nominated for the Perrier for his Edinburgh show: Things I Like, I Lick
2002: Chortle award nominee for best male circuit comic
2002: Appeared as Philip Salon in the Boy George musical Taboo in the West End
Phil Nichol Videos
Houston, we have a problem. The year is 1969 and Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and that other guy are about to set foot on the Hollywood sound stage where they’re faking the Moon landings. All they need a line that will resonate around the world and echo down the centuries to do justice to this historic moment.
So Nasa has hired a couple of creative minds – wisecracking comic Mitch Gitin and washed-up writer Frank Paar, a refuge from the McCarthy Communist witch-hunt – to pen the perfect phrase.
Mickey Down and Konrad Kay’s premise for Giant Leap is an inspired one, and their script starts full of vibrancy and terse humour, as the pair trade banter, then clash with their military handler; the ultra-serious Colonel who’s a clear anathema to the artistic spirit.
A desperate Jewish New York comic, somewhere between Woody Allen and George Costanza, is a role stand-up Lewis Schaffer was born to play; while Tom Stade equally well inhabits his role as a sarcastic drunk who’s past caring – extensions of their stand-up personas both.
This ultimate writing room has been put together by all-powerful Hollywood producer-cum-devil incarnate Jay Weinberg, ‘a wolf in wolf’s clothing’ by his own admission. Phil Nichol brings his usual intense energy to this swaggering alpha male, whose longer power-trip monologues provide a balancing pace to the zippy to-and-fro of the creatives.
The script, though, seems to lose momentum as it hits the second act; and misses the chance to have some fun with the process of forging the perfect line. The rejected ideas are mildly lame, not hilariously so; while the revelation of the ‘One small step…’ idea – the payoff everyone knows is coming – seems a bit of a cheat. Gitin, especially, who was so full of rapid-fire one-liners at the start seems to give up, but we don’t know why.
Despite going off-course, the story makes a reasonably successful touchdown, fuelled by Nichol’s boosters – yet there’s also a slight feeling of missed opportunity given how this Comedians Theatre Company production shot for the stars with such a strong set-up.
Phil Nichol Dates
Twelve Angry Men Freedumb
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Edward Albee's The Zoo Story
Phil Nichol: Nearly Gay
The Odd Couple Phil Nichol: The Naked Racist
True West Killer Joe
Phil Nichol: Hiro Worship Phil Nichol  Gagarin Way
Phil Nichol: A Deadpan Poet Sings Quiet Songs Quietly
School For Scandal
Stand Up For Freedom  Old Rope In The Balloon
Phil Nichol: Welcome To Crazytown Itch: A Scratch Event 
Phil Nichol: The Simple Hour The Intervention
Phil Nichol Rants! Paulmooners
Phil Nichol: The Weary Land Giant Leap
Phil Nichol: I Don’t Want to Talk About It
Phil Nichol’s Cray Cray Cabaret A Seriously Funny Attempt To Get The SFO in The Dock
BBC London Children in Need benefit
Brighton Comedy Festival 2010 opening gala
Comedy Store's 30th Anniversary Charity Gala One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, understudy show