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Venue:Espionage, 4 India Buildings (Entrances on Victoria Street and Cowgate) Edinburgh EH1 2EX
Phone: 0131 4777 007
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Bunker
AUG 2-12, 14-26 at 14:00 (60 min)
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Rising comedy star, Nicky Wilkinson, returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with her hotly anticipated show, HAPPY.

HAPPY is a fun-packed hour of stand-up, pies, party games and prizes, celebrating all that is great in the world. Come with your friends, your family, lovers and strangers. It's pure happiness! 
Plus there are pies - did we mention pies?

"Nicky Wilkinson was a safe pair of hands, with a reassuring, relaxed delivery...an effortless likeability and an excellent comic timing." - Chortle

"Nicky hosts a brilliant hour of pure happiness" - Noel Edmonds

New Act of the Year and So You Think You're Funny Finalist.

Nicky is perhaps best known as one half of multi-award winning comedy duo, The Kagools (Winner Best Comedy Show, Adelaide Fringe Weekly, 2017. Winner Amused Moose Best Comedy Show at Edinburgh Fringe, 2017.

You’re in safe hands; Nicky's impressive stage presence, great comic timing & considerable comedy performance experience are ensuring she’s moving quickly through the comedy ranks, definitely making her one to watch!

Discussing the show, Nicky said:
“It’s all about putting a smile on people's faces and sending them off into the outside world with a spring in their step. HAPPY does what it says on the tin, it's a feel good show - an environment where everyone can just have a laugh and forget that shitty things like Donald Trump exist, if only for an hour. I'm super excited to be bringing this show to the Edinburgh Fringe. Let's get HAPPY Edinburgh!”

Nicky is a quick-witted Hullonian, her warm, likeable, down-to-earth style instantly eases audiences. Her comedy mixes charming, real-life anecdotes with just the right dose of self-deprecation & often brilliantly funny improvised riffs with the crowd.

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August 24, 2018  One4Review
As the audience settle in, Nicky Wilkinson hands out sheets of stickers, and the crowd divide themselves into two teams – Movers and Shakers. She also makes it clear that the show is just about being – and making ourselves – happy. There will be no going on a journey here.

She has a wide range of things to make her – and hopefully us – happy. These include pork pies, silly games, stationery, and her own invention of a party game that turns out impossible to lose.

She covers karaoke, demonstrates making someone happy, and throws in a whole list of fun facts, which I have sadly now forgotten. Pubs, beer gardens, and of course pub quizzes, leads us to her own quick quiz.

New skills, and TV themes somehow manage to lead inevitably to an attempt, aided by audience members, to make a silly pointless world record.

Wilkinson is right, it isn’t a journey, but it is a fascinating glimpse into her psyche, and perhaps a hint of how comics, among others, all try so terribly hard to make audiences happy, and perhaps, sometimes, it is just as simple as pie, or a lovely set of shaped stickie notes. Click Here

August 10, 2018  The Wee Review
Hour of family-friendly fun to put a smile on even the grumpiest face.

“Before we start,” asks Nicky Wilkinson, “is there anybody here who’s allergic to organised fun?”

This is Happy, and it’s an unashamedly simple show. There’s no clever arty meta-narrative – we will not, Wilkinson assures us, “be going on a journey”. Instead, Wilkinson’s aim is pure joy. She’s determined that we’ll leave the venue feeling happier than when we went in. If that’s the metric by which we’re assessing success, then the show is an unequivocal victory. This afternoon’s audience in the Espionage Bunker are on board from the start, but there’s no doubt that the mood has lifted by the end. We’ve all been to a party together. We’re mates now.

Happy is family-friendly show (Wilkinson apologies profusely for her one accidentally detonated S-Bomb towards the start). There are a couple of cheeky gags, but they’re pretty mild and the double-entendre goes right over the heads of the minors in the room.

It’s an unabashedly participatory show, but it’s not confrontational. We’re all in this together, with the audience contract clearly being to have some unironic fun. Wilkinson’s enthusiasm sometimes outmaneuvers her stagecraft, and the tempo lets up several times as she rushes round preparing the next game. Splitting the audience into two teams – movers and shakers – is a bit of a redundant gimmick. We would have been equally engaged without it.

It’s clear which parts of the show Wilkinson is less confident with. A few jokes and anecdotes are offered up hesitantly, and quickly truncated if they don’t immediately land. More’s the pity, really: Wilkinson is charming and charismatic, and her audience would certainly indulge her for a few more personal stories.

By the end of Happy, when half the audience is crowded on to the stage trying to set a ridiculous world record to the strains of MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This there’s a grin on even the most jaded misanthropic face. The room isn’t full this afternoon, and it’s testament to Wilkinson’s skill that it feels like a full house after the first few minutes. Sophisticated and nuanced this is not, but it’s an hour of pure fun that’s perfectly self-contained. Click Here

August 1, 2018 The Mumble
An Interview With Nicky Wilkinson
Hello Nicky, so where ya from & where ya at, geographically speaking?
Nicky: I’m from Hull and right now I’m in Edinburgh.

When did you first realise you could make people laugh?
Nicky: When I was 7 I was ‘playing out’ with my brother and three or four of our neighbours on our bikes. The aim of the game was to pedal as fast as you could and duck underneath a taught rope which was tied between two posts. It was finally my turn, I peddled as fast as I could but couldn’t duck down far enough when I approached the rope, this caused me to fly backwards off my bike, landing in a puddle with a lacerated forehead. Everybody laughed and laughed and laughed. I knew from that moment I was a born entertainer and now try to whack out a prat fall weekly… for anyone who’s watching.

How did you get into stand-up comedy?
Nicky: I worked in a comedy club in London for about 5 years before I started stand-up, watching enthusiastically from the back of the room, I always wondered if it would be something I could do. One day I gave it a crack and turns out, I’m alright at it.

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