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Helm appears twice in Chortles Top Ten Gigs of 2011

Helm appears twice in Chortles Top Ten Gigs of 2011

Steve Bennett's most memorable gigs of 2011 sees two mentions for Nick Helm

Editor of UK Comedy Guide, Chortle - Steve Bennett - reflects on his top 10 most memorable gigs of 2011 seeing Nick Helms performace at Latitude Festival in at number nine.

Steve Bennett had this to say about Nick's performance 

"9. Nick Helm, Latitude Festival, Suffolk, June. The intensity of Nick Helm’s aggressive performance, raspingly abusing the audience, always makes for a intimidating experience in the mid-sized venues he normally plays. In the massive and often lethargic comedy ‘arena’ (ie tent) at the Latitude festival he upped his game for a proper rock-and-roll experience, shirt ripped open to the podgy navel as he ‘kicked the gig in the dick’, to use his own expression. His persona of tragic outsider on the verge of breakdown owes more than a nod to Johnny Vegas, but this performance proved – should it be needed – that Helm’s a rising star in his own right, with writing to match the mesmerising car-crash performance."

The number one spot went to The Wrestling at the Pleasance, with a special mention of Helm's performace as a highlight.

Steve Bennett had this to say about The Wrestling

"1. The Wrestling, Pleasance, Edinburgh, August. ‘Only in Edinburgh’ is a phrase that’s applied to lots of shows, as the density of talented performers and uniquely gung-ho artistic atmosphere within the Fringe bubble leads to plenty of unique collaborations. But occasionally the scale and ambition of an idea expands the limits of even this unique environment. The Wrestling – like Mark Watson’s super-long shows – was one of those defining shows. The brainchild of Max Olesker, one half of comedy duo Max & Ivan and a one-time wrestler himself, the insane plan was to mix actual fighting, where people can and do get hurt, with comedians – who are, by and large, reckless and fragile. As a recipe for disaster, it’s like building a nuclear power plant on a geological fault line. But the result was astounding, turning a crowd of arty, liberal festival-goers into a brawling mob as brawlers executed breathtaking moves, and comics made it all brilliantly fun. Highlights included seeing Patrick Monahan almost pay a heavy price for his spotlight-hogging antics, enraging a wrestler who seemed genuinely unhinged, Nick Helm’s full-on ring announcing and Olesker’s acrobatic finale, in which he unfortunately sustained an injury. Plus special credits to Andrew Maxwell, who as the ‘good’ commentator opposite Brendon Burns for the heels, masterfully played the crowd, and producer Beth O’Brien who somehow made this nightmarishly complex event happen. We won’t see its like again… though it certainly won't be the end for ridiculous Fringe stunts."

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