REVIEW: Nick Helm @ ARC, Stockton (21.10.15) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Support was provided by Helm’s tour buddy David Trent, who stirred up the crowd with a commentary on social media, covering Katie Hopkins, Apple and Syria. Familiar themes but amusing and engaging satire nonetheless.

After whipping up an already lively ARC crowd, Nick Helm reveals his plans for the night: witty one-liners scrawled on his hand. He reads off six before lifting his t-shirt (a recurring theme) to reveal a belly full. These punch lines set up the remainder of the show as Nick teases the crowd by referencing back to them throughout his material. His charming interaction and uncomfortable yet entertaining repetition forces the audience to feed him reactions, thus making his anecdotes about a hotel chain, Sky TV and dating a rather enjoyable form of anti-humour.

Highlights came in the form of Helm’s musical talent; a love song aimed at a dangerous looking man in the front row, songs about the depressing realities of fame – sung with stadium rock crowd interaction and others accompanied by silly and suggestive gyrating. My personal highlight was his rendition of No Survivors which ended a not particularly ground-breaking set but a pleasurable hour of childish mischief with the guy from Uncle.

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