With the momentum Melbourne comedian Nick’s career is enjoying, ‘On Fire’ works not just as a great title, but also an accurate description of the man.
Having spent much of 2016 kicking goals by touring both Australia and internationally, performing in war zones to troops, and also scoring a spot on the Conan O’Brien show, it would seem nothing in 2017 could top last year.
However, Nick has found the best start for his year. “I’m getting married in a couple of weeks,” he says.
As to whether his marriage will feature in ‘On Fire’, Nick says it’s more than likely as he “seems to talk about things that have happened to me in the last year, and getting married is going to be a pretty big one”.
After being surrounded by comedy at a young age, Nick finally took a chance and decided to give performing a go. “I started with a comedy comp down here in Melbourne called RAW Comedy. So I did that, didn’t get through the first round.
"I did a bunch of open mics and slowly but surely I made my way up. I’m actually hosting one of the heats down here in Melbourne, and I point that out to the contestants every time. "'Don’t worry about the result. It’s fine. Good or bad, it’s not going to make or break you; you’ve got to make the moves after it.'”
One of the current moves Nick will be making is touring ‘On Fire’. Nick has always shown incredible confidence on stage, and the title of his new show jokingly reflects this. “In the last few years the titles have been more and more alpha every year, and I think ‘On Fire’ is such a good one.
“It’s just so cocky to call your show ‘On Fire’, you know? Like anybody knows you or gives a shit. There’s so many shows that are like, ‘Oh, I don’t know what’s going on with life’ or, ‘I’m awkward!’. I prefer the opposite. I’d call it ‘Kicking It In The Dick’ if they’d allow it.”
As for what audiences can expect, Nick has found a few, good yarns in his life to crack people up. “One of the best stories is about my mum getting knocked out in the drive-thru of a Hungry Jack’s.
"That’s all I’ll say about it because if that doesn’t get people in, what will? Who doesn’t want to hear about a 50-year-old woman getting coward punched at a fast-food restaurant? Don’t worry; I make it funny!”
Despite the massive amount of work put into planning what will no doubt be a hilarious show, he’s found something stressful that will make it into his show: his wedding. “The wedding is by far the most stressful planning I’ve ever taken part in.
"I’m doing fuck all at this point. But there’s just a lot to sort out. And I’m so shit when it comes to forms and all that. I hate filling out stuff, and I hate making choices about tiny, little things. It’s a little bit stressful, but fuck it. I’m not complaining at all. It’s all good things!”
Nick Cody Shows9-12 March - Adelaide Fringe
14-19 Mar - Brisbane Comedy Festival
24 Mar - Canberra Comedy Festival
30 Mar-23 Apr - Melbourne International Comedy Festival
11-14 May - Sydney Comedy Festival
18-19 May - Perth Comedy Festival