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Phil Nichol, Soho Theatre

Phil Nichol, Soho Theatre

Canadian comic explores (very) dark side in the guise of his poetic alter-ego

'Don't spoil it with applause!': Phil Nichol as manic beat preacher Bobby Spade
How far is too far? That’s the question which underlies the nihilistic versifying of Bobby Spade, white-suited barfly bard, the laureate of oedipal self-loathing who swims in a miasma of misogyny. Spade is the deeply strange, deeply funny creation of Phil Nichol. In this show the no doubt decent Nichol doesn’t get a look in. Where Rich Hall brings on his alter-ego Otis Lee Crenshaw in the second half, Nichol comes on as Spade and goes off as Spade. And, boy, does he go off.

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Saw him last night. Worst piece of sh*t I have ever seen. How does this guy even have a job as a comedian, I don't know?

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