Fringe Q&A: Phil Nichol

The planet is messed up. Society has devolved. Mankind is hopeless. Vegans are right. You can’t punch a fascist. The left are self-righteous morons. Everyone is a selfish prick. I’m a bleeding hypocrite. It’s all too much. Too much.

Following on from the success of his internationally acclaimed hit show Your Wrong, Phil Nichol’s Too Much takes an unflinching look at ageing, recognition, mental health, values, norms, patience, everything and conkers. Expect riotously uncomfortable anecdotes and oversharing delivered in Nichol’s unique live-wire style.

This isn’t your first time at the Fringe…

This will be my 29th Fringe and my 23rd solo show. In 1990 my comedy act Corky and the Juice Pigs first came to Edinburgh. I’ve been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 1993, and again in 2002. In 2006 my show The Naked Racist won the award. I’ve been around the block more than a few times.

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?

Too Much is an ode to excess….
Ask yourself this, what kind of person ends up-
-Surviving a Rocket attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan?
-Getting two 75 year olds high at Glastonbury?
-Arrested for quoting Derek and Clive on a Virgin Train?
-High on Ecstasy in the back of a police car in Lancaster?
-Winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award

Answer? Me. Phil Nichol. It’s all Too Much…or is it?

How much work has gone into getting it ready for Edinburgh?

I’ve been so busy on the world tour of my last show Your Wrong which ended in June while directing two other Fringe shows. I’m also producing and starring in a Eugene play with Mike McShane whilst developing a double act with Tony Law. I’ve gone into overdrive working with my director John Gordillo to whip my solo show Too Much into shape. I’m doing Too Much. Haha.

Were you nervous ahead of your opening night?

A little nerves is always good. I’m a bit of a adrenaline junkie so the nerves are a bit of a kick. However, I’m feeling positive over all.

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

You don’t have to fork out. It’s a Pay What You Want show at the Monkey Barrel 4. You can book on line to reserve a seat or just show up on the night and if there are seats left we let you come in and enjoy the show.

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

I have to recommend both my other shows will be very different and very very fun. Tony Law and I take on the world of modern politics in Virtue Chamber Echo Bravo ([email protected] Hive, 3.40) Mike McShane and I present the classic Eugene O’Neill two-hander Hughie which is quiet, nuanced peace about gambling, death and friendship.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Yuriko Kotani: Somosomo, Pleasance 9pm.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

I only have one day off. I’m gonna stay in bed, watch TV and sleep.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

It’s a fast, loose, surprising, frenetic, silly, philosophical look at excess!

Phil Nichol’s new stand up show ‘Too Much’ will be at the Monkey Barrel 4 from 1st – 25th August at 9pm . For tickets go to www.edfringe.com

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