Rhys Nicholson – Rhys! Rhys! Rhys!


Underbelly, Bristo Square
Aug 24-28 (20:25)


Cue Taxi Driver soundtrack.

Monday…Last week of the festival… the days go on and on… … the nights are fair drawing in….one of these days a big rain is going to fall….

To the Udderbelly Trafaldamore Stage.

If you can sell out a 200+ venue on a wet Monday in the later days of the Edinburgh Festival. You must be ding something right. Ru Pauls Drag Race (Down Under) alumnus Rhys Johnstone is here to tell us why it is all about him.

‘Rhys! Rhys! Rhys!’

Having already worn out two pairs of loafers on the cobbles of Auld Reekie Mr Johnstone minces into his strides like a non binary Bowie with a ‘Disney villain level of Campness’.

This chap is a bit of a chap. Timeout Best Newcomer Sydney 2012 and garlanded at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and amongst others The Ru Paul thingmy. The set takes in gay marriage and all points in between Oz and Alice springs.

In 2016 Mr. Johnstone in an effort to highlight Antipodean uxorious inequity (really, ed.) married alleged lezzer Zoe Coombs Marr basically to tell the Aussie government to stick it up their Wooloomooloo.

They were both nominated for the Barry Award for Best Show.

Ms. Coombs won.

Which leads us onto the subject of ‘Gay divorce’, a rich seam.

It’s not all queen centred bitchiness

I don’t want to tar all of Newcastle with the same brush, but lets

Slick well delivered intelligent comedy.

Even the straight blokes won’t regret their

Sheelaghs dragging them along

Adam McCully

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