RHYS NICHOLSON

Comedian

Sydney Comedy Festival. Rhys Nicholson. Photo Supplied

Sydney Comedy Festival. Rhys Nicholson. Photo Supplied

WHAT I’VE BEEN WATCHING: A lot of action movies cause you know who the good guy is and the bad guy is. So that’s comforting. Netflix and Stan are riddled with them. Mainly Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin being Jack Reacher. So a lot of older American men shouting at each other. I watched Rosemary’s Baby which I’d never seen before. Look, it’s just a classic love story between Mia Farrow and the Devil. It’s amazing. I’ve also watched a lot of Law & Order: SVU. Three or four seasons, 20 episodes each and they’re 60 minutes long. I’ve lost weeks to Mariska Hargitay. One of my favourite things is when they have a police sketch of a suspect and they’re like, “Well, I don’t know how we’re going to find him in this city”. And it’s a sketch of the character actor. You’re like, “Oh, I reckon you’re going to find him.” Also Big Mouth. It’s a kid’s show for adults but it’s so crass it feels like it shouldn’t be for kids. It’s about puberty and it’s written by Nick Kroll and his childhood friend Andrew Goldberg. Even if I’m watching it by myself, I laugh. And, obviously, The Crown, which leads to a spiral of sh– YouTube documentaries about Princess Diana from which you learn nothing.

WHAT I’VE BEEN LISTENING TO: David Byrne’s live album from his Broadway show. That just calms me. It’s called American Utopia. I saw the live show a couple of years ago and it remains, and hopefully will remain, the greatest thing I have ever seen in my life. It’s him and a marching band and it became a retrospective of his career because he does a lot of Talking Heads songs. Also a podcast called In VOGUE: The 1990s. It’s produced, although I don’t actually think it is, by Anna Wintour. I think they just have her at the start going, “Produced by Anna Wintour”. That led me to a podcast called Allure: The Science of Beauty. When we weren’t allowed to go outside for a bit, I feel like we all spent a lot of time in front of reflective surfaces really thinking about the way we look. This is two skin specialists talking about how to look after your skin and the myths and science behind products.

WHAT I’VE BEEN READING: At the start of the lockdown, my partner and I said, “Let’s get books. We’re just going to read so many books.” And he did. And I read one book and it was quite a short book of short stories. So you can really see that I committed hard. It was Bad Behaviour by Mary Gaitskill. It was written in the ’80s, in New York, and it’s about the worst people. None of the characters in this book do you ever want to meet. I really loved that. I also read and cooked from a lot of recipe books: Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson. I read an interesting thing about how, because her first husband died of cancer and her mother died of cancer and had an eating disorder, she doesn’t connect thin with health. She appreciates food because it’s always been a comfort for her. What a pleasant way to live your life.



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