Rhys Nicholson is a multi-award winning Australian stand-up, writer, podcaster and collager.
After moving to Sydney in 2009 at the age of 18, Rhys was very enthusiastic but had limited success as a comedian until in 2012 when he won the Best Newcomer award at the Sydney Comedy Festival.
For a few years Rhys quietly plodded along performing all over the place, trying to get better and not doing anything particularly special until 2016 when he was selected to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, he sold out his run, received a nomination for the illustrious Melbourne Comedy Festival Award for Best Show and went on to sell out shows throughout Australia and the UK.
Also that year, to highlight the importance of marriage equality in Australia, Rhys publicly married lesbian and fellow comedian Zoe Coombs Marr at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Zoe won the award for best show. Rhys is fine with that.
Alongside a booming stand-up career, Nicholson is fast becoming a favourite across our small screens too. With a whole bunch of TV credits in Australia including various acting roles, panels shows, a documentary and an hour stand up special commissioned by ABCTV, in 2018 Rhys was invited to film yet another of his shows for the the BBC making his UK TV debut at the prestigious BBC Broadcasting House in London. Later that year he would go on perform in the Comedy Central UK smash hit Roast Battle. Rhys lost and is fine with that.
Then early 2019 the inconceivable happened and Rhys was hand picked to be one of three opening acts for Conan O’Brien during his Australian tour. Then a couple months later he was invited to Los Angeles where he made his USA television debut with a stand up spot on Conan. Conan hugged Rhys. He was fine with it.
Never happy to sit still for very long, Nicholson is currently splitting his time between Australia, America and the UK where he has a number of exciting bookings and projects in development.
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WINNER: Time Out Award for Best Newcomer, Sydney Comedy Festival - 2012
WINNER: Best Joke Award, Sydney Comedy Festival - 2013
NOMINATED: Best Show, Melbourne International Comedy Festival - 2016
NOMINATED: Best Comedy Album, ARIA Award - 2017
NOMINATED: Best International Act, New Zealand Comedy Festival - 2017
WINNER: Best International Act, New Zealand Comedy Festival - 2018
WINNER: Comedy Guild Award, New Zealand Comedy Festival - 2018
NOMINATED: Helpmann Award for Best Comedy - 2018
NOMINATED: Helpmann Award for Best Comedy - 2019