NICK HELM UK TOUR 2017
THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO ME THAT I HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE TO MYSELF
Highly acclaimed, award winning comedian, writer, actor and musician Nick Helm kicks off his debut UK tour this September, with his show There’s Nothing You Can Do To Me That I Haven’t Already Done To Myself.
Nick wants us to stop fearing the worst. It’s already happened. So instead of crying about it, why not crawl out of your homemade nuclear fallout shelters and bear witness to Living Legend and National Treasure in waiting Nick Helm as he delivers some home truths about life, love and how not to be a dick.
This is a call to arms to anyone that feels hard done by and short-changed by this ugly new world. It’s time to take ownership and rise from the ashes as we learn to believe in ourselves again. For one night in your pathetic lives, let’s believe in a better world. Let’s believe in Nick Helm.
British Comedy Award winner, double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, BAFTA nominated filmmaker and star of BBC3’s Uncle, Heavy Entertainment, C4’s Loaded, Live at the Apollo and regular on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Nick Helm sets off on his first national tour in order to bring his unique blend of high octane stand up, music and poetry, in person, to the people.
What the press think of Nick:
“Genuinely exciting.” The Telegraph ****
“A genuinely unique comedy brain.” The Guardian
“A smorgasbord of delights. Helm is a comic tour de force, and then some.” Mail on Sunday ****
“A potent mix of soft-voiced fragility and visceral showmanship. An exciting comic presence.” The Times
“A true comedy daredevil.” “Utterly exhilarating.” Time Out ****
“Original and beguiling.” The Sunday Times
“Top tip – the utterly full on Nick Helm.” The Evening Standard ****
“Inspired anarchy.” Scotsman On Sunday
“A full-on assault on the senses of humour, dignity and pathos.” Chortle ****
“Leaves the audience on a massive high. This is worth every penny.” British Comedy Guide ****½
“Very exciting.” Daniel Kitson
“Blew my mind.” Jimmy Carr
Thursday 5-Oct-2017 Forest Arts Centre, New Milton Hampshire
Friday 6-Oct-2017 Hull Fruit(space) Hull
Saturday 7-Oct-2017 The Leadmill, Sheffield Sheffield
Sunday 8-Oct-2017 Winchester Discovery Centre Winchester
Thursday 12-Oct-2017 Glee Club, Cardiff Cardiff
Friday 13-Oct-2017 Oran Mor, Glasgow Glasgow
Saturday 14-Oct-2017 The Stand Comedy Club, Newcastle Newcastle
Thursday 19-Oct-2017 Komedia, Brighton Brighton
Friday 20-Oct-2017 The Wardrobe, Leeds Leeds
Saturday 21-Oct-2017 The Dancehouse, Manchester Manchester
Sunday 22-Oct-2017 Liverpool Comedy Central Liverpool
Thursday 26-Oct-2017 Komedia, Bath Bath
Friday 27-Oct-2017 Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa Leamington Spa
Saturday 28-Oct-2017 Arts Centre, Swindon Swindon
Wednesday 1-Nov-2017 Exeter Corn Exchange Exeter
Thursday 2-Nov-2017 Glee Club, Nottingham Nottingham
Friday 3-Nov-2017 The Witham Barnard Castle
Saturday 4-Nov-2017 The Y Theatre, Leicester Leicester
Thursday 9-Nov-2017 The Lantern, Bristol Bristol
Friday 10-Nov-2017 The Dancehouse, Manchester Manchester
Saturday 11-Nov-2017 Leicester Square Theatre, London London
Sunday 12-Nov-2017 Cambridge Junction (J2) Cambridge
Saturday 18-Nov-2017 Leicester Square Theatre, London London
Read on to hear a little more about Nick Helm….
By Brian Donaldson
The star of BBC Three’s charming Uncle, one main quarter of Channel 4’s ensemble Loaded, and BAFTA-nominated for his short film Elephant, Nick Helm is finally heading back to the nation’s stages for his eye-catchingly titled touring show, There Is Nothing You Can Do To Me That I Haven’t Already Done To Myself. But the London-born, St Albans-raised comic wants you put straight on one thing: in his joke, song and poem-packed show, for every bead of sweat there’s a break for silence, while every in-your-face audience-interaction segment will be contrasted by more intimate musings.
“People say I shout all the time: it’s not true. I do a lot of quiet talking. You can’t just have shouting, that would be ridiculous. There’s no longevity to that, so I’ll do a lot of low-energy whispering and talking quietly and sitting down.” Perhaps the myth of Nick Helm being a shouty stand-up exists because it might be easier for audiences to have instant recall on something that’s big and brash than polite and gentle. Offstage, Nick is most certainly the latter while his ability to be funny wherever he is remains a constant pleasure.
“It’s quite a personal show this one and because this is my first-ever national tour, I’m trying not to second guess what an audience wants and I want to stick true to myself. There’s a temptation to do the greatest hits and say ‘this is what you like me for’, but I’ve evolved as a comedian over the last seven years from when I initially found my voice and worked out what I wanted to do.”
Certainly one thing that will catch the eye for anyone buying a ticket or checking out his poster will be one of the longest titles in recent showbusiness times. “Titles are really difficult to come up with, but I definitely don’t like shows with puns in the name. My first show titles were quite punchy but I woke up one day and picked this which I’ve paraphrased from Some Kind Of Wonderful, one of my favourite films when I was growing up. At the end of the film, there’s a bully who’s going to get his comeuppance and instead of beating him up they say, ‘there’s nothing I could do to him that he hasn’t already done to himself’. I always thought it was a nice little insult so I’ve used that. So, the basic gist of my show is about redemption and acknowledging the past and moving forward and rising from the ashes. It’s about having a rocky couple of years on a personal level and moving on from that to learn from your mistakes.”
One thing that Nick has learned down the years is how to channel his pre-show nerves into a spectacular night for all concerned. “The nerves come from the anticipation, waiting to go on stage and not knowing what you’re going to walk onto. I have had great gigs in my life and I have had terrible gigs in my life. And I’ve had great gigs and terrible gigs at the same time; you just never know how an audience is going to react to certain bits. You can get a whole audience basically going ‘no’ and you think, ‘oh that’s weird because the audience last night all enjoyed that bit’. Comedy is really crazy. But in a weird way, when I’m feeling those nerves that’s when I’m good. You can use that energy when you’re on stage.”
Away from live work, Nick Helm has been making an increasingly high-profile name for himself as a TV actor of range and sensitivity. In Uncle, he plays Andy, a desperately unhappy musician with a kind soul who inadvertently becomes the main guardian of his 12-year-old nephew, and remains one of Nick’s most treasured parts. He’s also impressive in Channel 4’s Loaded where he plays Watto, one member of an app-designing crew which suddenly rakes in a fortune overnight. So, the natural question on the back of that is: how would you spend £14m if it landed in your bank account tomorrow? “Once I’d made sure my parents and sister were looked after, I’d buy a house and have it converted into a replica of the Alamo. I would have as much cowboy paraphernalia shipped over as I could, and sort my wardrobe out so I looked like a cowboy. I’d learn to ride a horse, I’d get a horse, and I’d get a corral and a big barbecue. I’d give a lot to charity, though, make no mistake about that.”
Next up for Nick on small screens is a food show for Dave in which he travels across the UK (as well as heading to Paris and Berlin) and sampling the cuisine on offer in local restaurants, meeting chefs and hanging out with other comedians and celebs. Sounds like a dream job for many and Nick clearly had a great time on it, but there was one perhaps unexpected downside. “I love cooking but I’m not that much of a fan of eating. When we filmed it I sometimes had to eat four meals a day: I maybe eat one and a half times a day, so this was like being force-fed. And over 16 episodes it was quite gruelling, but the show has turned out really well.”
While all this screen time is keeping Nick busy and happy, he is itching to get back onto the live platform that helped propel him forward. I loved working on Uncle and I loved working on Loaded and all my TV stuff but having the balance between live work and TV work is what keeps everything interesting. I’m going to some parts of the country that I’ve never been able to get to before. There will be songs, a bit of poetry, lots of sweating, a bit of swearing, some shouting but also some whispering as well. I do lots of things: there will certainly be all the things you’d expect when you buy a ticket to see me.”