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NOMINEE BEST SHOW FOSTER’S EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARDS 2011
Since starting stand-up comedy in 2007, the talented and enthusiastic Nick Helm is quickly gaining attention from across the industry for his unique, powerful and above all hilarious blend of one-liners, stories, poems and songs. In addition, he is also a strong, energetic compere.
In 2010, Nick headed up to Edinburgh in two shows. He was seen at the Big Value Early Show at Just the Tonic @ the Caves. He was also doing his solo show 'KEEP HOLD OF THE GOLD' Downstairs at the Tron, which became one of the must-see shows of the festival, garnering huge attention from across the industry and rave reviews from the press. A CD of the show is soon to be on sale.
This year, Nick took his second hour show 'Nick Helm : Dare To Dream' to the Edinburgh Comedy Festival where he was nominated for the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show and also filmed two episodes of new programme 'Show And Tell' for E4.
Alongside his solo stand up, he is also half of the double act ‘Helm & Taylor’ (with our very own Paul F Taylor) and reached the final of the Laughing Horse Competition 2009.
He is the creator of the innovative ‘My First Gig’: a live comedy night where stand ups dissect their first ever performances. My First Gig has recently enjoyed a stint on Resonance 104.4 FM radio and has just been given a second series. Alongside all of this, Nick is also a regular contributor to the Fix Magazine as the Film Editor.
In 2001 Nick formed Bad Ash Productions and has since written, directed and performed in several plays under the Bad Ash name, as well as writing and performing in a couple of poetry and music shows in the Edinburgh festival.
THE SUPER GREAT COMEDY GOOD SHOW
“... this heaving, lovably shambolic show is the most fun you will have in a portacabin... This is a wonderfully crazy funny hour with a man who... the funniest, most loveable monster you are ever going to see dancing on bubble wrap.” **** - Kate Copstick – The Scotsman 22/08/2011
“And talking of Edinburgh sophomores, a quick word on Nick Helm: mixing cock-rock swagger, an ear-blasting bellow and the emotional dilapidation of a young Johnny Vegas, Helm turns things up to 11 with the riotous Dare to Dream. I wouldn't be surprised to see him among this week's Comedy Award nominees.” – The Independent 21/08/2011
“... massively enjoyable and with plenty of brilliant touches.” **** - London Is Funny 20/08/2011
“Where To Go And What To See : Like a Jack Black with an English accent, Nick Helm produces an unholy cocktail of pelvis-thrusting swagger, crippling self-doubt, edgy audience participation and dismal songs and poetry. Dare to dream is also one of the funniest sets you'll see all year, anywhere” – Daily Telegraphy 20/08/2011
"A thrillingly unpredictable hour from Nick Helm. Hysterical and terrifying in equal measure. Utterly exhilarating. ****” - Ben Williams – Time Out Twitter Review 19/08/2011
“Dare to Dream may just be the funniest show on the Fringe.” **** - Bruce Dessau – London Evening Standard 18/08/2011
“Not to be missed” **** Broadway Baby 15/8/11
“...inspired anarchy” – Scotsman On Sunday 14/08/2011
“....a genuinely unique comedy brain.... It makes for a tremendously liberating show, and one where you feel you’re in the presence of a potential megastar.” – James Kettle – The Guardian Guide 13/08/2011
“Don't miss: A star is born, OK, a rather paunchy, aggressive, lovelorn, unshaven star, who divides his time between melodic-rock anthems, reading us his poetry and molesting the front row. But, still, Helm is properly funny: Johnny Vegas reborn as the roadie for an AC/DC tribute band." - What Critics Would Pay To See – Critic’s Choice by Dominic Maxwell – Saturday Times 13/08/2011
“Nick Helm – maddest funniest thing I’ve seen so far on the Fringe.” – @markymonahan (Telegraph’s Comedy Critic Mark Monahan’s twitter) 12/08/2011
“For Nick Helm’s is one of those rare sets where you’re never quite sure what you’re watching, or where the act starts and stops — you’re just nervously grateful that you’re there.... genuinely exciting.” ***** - Mark Monahan - The Telegraph 12/08/2011
“...an absolute riot... it is fantastic fun. It's a great show." – STV 11/08/2011
“...mournfully and explosively funny, with a palpable edge of unpredictably to his supercharged performance. There is no comic quite like Nick Helm. Comedy should be thankful that there is one of him; and equally thankful that there is no more than one of him.” **** - Chortle 11/08/2011
“a show with this much heart cannot fail to make a big impression." **** - Festmag 10/08/2011
Mentioned as one to watch by The Evening Standard 09/08/2011
“Nick Helm gives Pleasance Press launch a good old kicking... the fantastic Helm, who is surely worth catching if you can scrape a ticket for his show” – STV Online 08/08/2011
"If they were all as laugh-out-loud funny as Nick Helm the time would just fly by... an exciting comedian" **** - The Times 08/08/2011
Listed as one of “6 Not To Miss Comedians” – The Times 06/08/2011
“A newcomer to watch, Helm's shouty lovelorn loser persona is winningly memorable. His stunning 2010 show majored on audience participation - at one point only one fan was still in their seat while everyone else was onstage. Hilarious songs too.” – The London Evening Standard ’25 Reasons To Go The Edinburgh Festival’ 02/08/2011
"The comic's erratic, confrontational and hilarious routines- sometimes as simple as a pun delivered with such raspy vitriol that leaves the front row cowering - also encompasses sing-along guitar songs and poetry." - The Brighton Argus - Feature - 22/06/2011
"Helm is aggressive, coercive and, once you’ve got used to his growly exterior, a comic to relish. Anyone who can get an entire audience to join him on stage (as he did last year), making the discomfort something to relish rather than endure, is on to something. An outside bet for this year’s breakthrough act." Dominic Maxwell - The Times - 13/06/2011
KEEP HOLD OF THE GOLD (Edinburgh 2010)
"Nick Helm, whose brutal aggression gave a real edge to a sleepy gig, before revealing he's a lost teddy-bear really" Chortle 07/06/2011
"Nick is and up and coming comedian who wears his heart on his sleeve -and it is broken. The energy Nick generates on stage is truly infectious, with his last show being a gorgeous blend of one liners, poems, songs and furious rants about his ex girlfriends. He’s livid and I love him for it." Dave's Top 10 Stand-Ups to Catch in 2011
“Impressive” 16/08/2010 Three Weeks
”Helm is unbridled enthusiasm, whether ranting or celebrating something, it’s the big kid losing all restraint that makes him incredibly endearing.” - CHORTLE
“The real star of the show was Nick Helm, who was, in the best way possible, an excited 12 year old on stage, nervous, energetic and a fan of pointless games.” - Three Weeks
"With particular mention going to the frighteningly bi-polar performance of Nick Helm" - Latest 7
HELM & TAYLOR
WRITING & PERFORMING
I THINK, YOU STINK! (2008)
A THIRD OF THE WAY DONE (2007)
CHRISTMAS TREE (2002)
AIR FRESHENER (2001)