Phil Nichol – Q&A

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Phil Nichol


Comedian Phil Nichol is bringing the second best rated show of the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 to Yorkshire. Critics have said: “…a show that makes you laugh and think while you are watching, and then wakes you up in the night to laugh and think again.” The Scotsman *****
“… not just comedy but soul-quenching storytelling at its finest.” EdFestMag *****
“Masterful” The Herald ****

We asked him for his ‘Famous Last Words’…

Last thing you did that made you feel good?
Yesterday, I opened a Viber message from my 87-year-old Scottish father who lives in Canada. He has somehow managed to figure out how to communicate via his computer and tablet. That’s amaz-ing in itself however the photos he had attached were of my 89 year old mother holding the newest addition to the Nichol clan, Emelia who was only days old. To see four generations of my family to-gether made me feel absolutely thrilled.

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“There is a multitude of things to cry over”

Last night on Earth… What’s your poison?
Either a rave up with every alcohol and drug of choice in a nightclub in Amsterdam or a quiet slow dance whilst sipping G&T in the moonlight by a lake in northern Ontario.

Last supper… What are you ordering?
Vietnamese Bun Ca with prawn, summer rolls and Vietnamese iced coffee.

Last person you’d want to share a drink with?
As in ‘He’s the last person I’d like to share a drink with… Donald Trump’. Or the last person I would share a drink with he’s going to kill me… Tom Waits.

Last time you shed a tear and why?
I cry all the time. It’s healthy. If you have any empathy for the world there is a multitude of things to cry over. This morning, there was a video of a profoundly handicapped boy, who could not speak nor move playing with the new puppy that his mother had bought him. The puppy was so gentle and the boy was making such happy noises that I was moved to tears. It is beautiful. Google it. Try not to cry.

phil nichol interview comedian famous last“Watch out for bears”

Last refuge… where would you go?
Banff National Park. Lots of room to hide. But you would have to watch out for bears and men with rifles.

Last the course… tips on loot, love & life?
Life is ephemeral. Money won’t make you happy and love will break your heart, so best to give them both away.

Last but one… random question: Tell us about something that interests you that nobody else knows about. Like Gaelic football… or porcelain.
Winnie-the-Pooh is Canadian. He was originally from White River, Ontario and came to London with the Canadian Armed Forces and was donated to the London Zoo when the men went to fight in WW1. Winnie is short for Winnipeg. So there.

Your Famous Last Words?
Can I do that again, please?

Phil Nichol plays Bradford Alhambra Studio November 8 and York Basement November 9
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