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Phil Nichol: I Don't Want To Talk About It
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‘Crazy Uncle Phil’ fires straight out the blocks with the supercharged, head-spinning frenetic energy we’ve come to expect, covering more ground in the first five minutes than many comics can manage in a 20-minute set.
The hour is nominally a catharsis after the breakdown of Nichol’s 18-month relationship, but the tone is entirely celebratory, as he makes fill use of his feverish performance style from impersonating a Mexican insect furiously cramming its entire life into three short days or vividly recreating the effects of some dodgy oysters.
It’s one anecdote after another in this wild ride, which is not so much about the stories themselves (though in an educational touch we do learn not to ask colloquially for a blanket in Jamaica) but about the zeal with which they are told. Even a near-standard yarn about ned kids running wild on a train is given an added boost by its delivery.
Yet for all his full-on intensity, Nichol is never intimidating – even when clambers over the audience – as he’s empathetic about ensuring the audience has a good time. Indeed, he senses a strange energy among tonight’s crowd and works his butt off to address it. Where he finds the reserves from – given that he’s been spending more than five hours a day on stage, this Fringe – god only knows.
But the greatest surprise – and the one that elevates this above Nichol’s usual high-impact stand-up – is the ending, which, after a coup de theatre, spills out into the streets of Edinburgh, turning Nichol into Pied Piper as he leads a merry band, a proper Fringe happening. Any more would give the game away, so even though the festival is done, I don’t want to talk about it…
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 Phil Nichol: Twenty 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