Rhys Nicholson has a huge personality, and knows how to flaunt it on stage. Extremely energetic and loud, Nicholson knows how to command the crowd’s attention. I’m Fine covers themes of millennial anxieties and everyday occurrences – basically a show that anyone born in the 90s and constantly experiencing an existential crisis can relate to. And like any other millennial, Nicholson tackles those anxieties with sarcasm, wit, and a false bravado.
I’m Fine is littered with well-known references to give acts better visualisation, depth and meaning. Nicholson relies on the power of voice and speech, and is eloquent with words. But at times, the comedian’s voice borders on squawking, and this can be a tad overbearing. Some improv and crowd working would too have been fantastic to see, but that’s a personal preference and it’s each to their own comic style.
Nicholson utilises well-timed pauses in his acts, a perfect cue for oncoming laughter. The audience loves controversy and the comic, with all his smarts and melodramatics, knows how to serve it hot. Politics and white privilege were at the top of his agenda and whilst there were some things that for some would definitely be outright disagreeable, in the setting where everything is meant to be taken as a joke, laughter was every audience member’s first reaction for the night.
I’m Fine is on as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Head to the festival website for venue details, start times, ticket prices & accessibility information.