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Starting out as a writer for topical shows like Weekending and The News Huddlines on BBC Radio and Not the Nine O’Clock News on BBC TV in the late 70s, Nick Revell began performing as a stand-up at the Comedy Store in 1980.
TV and Radio includes Friday Night Live, Live at Jongleurs, two visits to the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, co-writer and co-star with Andy Hamilton in several series of the award-winning Million Pound Radio Show on BBC Radio 4, two series of the Radio 4 sit-com The Nick Revell Show, and his own show Nick Revell, on BBC-1. Also panel shows such as Just A Minute, The News Quiz, Quote Unquote.
His TV and Radio credits as a writer include sitcoms, sketch shows and material for other comedians - Drop the Dead Donkey, Dressing for Breakfast, After You’d Gone, Dave Allen, Three of a Kind, Not the Nine O’Clock News, Alas Smith and Jones, Rory Bremner and Jasper Carrot, The Million Pound Radio Show, House of the Spirit Levels, It’s that Jo Caulfield Again, Living with the Enemy, Weekending, The News Huddlines, The Unofficial Election 2005, with Andy Zaltzman and Jon Oliver, The Nick Revell Show, The Sunday Format to name but a few.
As an actor his credits include Drop the Dead Donkey and Alan Clarke’s musical feature film Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire.
Awards for the above include Perrier Nominee, BAFTAS, International Emmys, British Comedy Awards, Sony Radio Awards, Writers’ Guild Awards, Silver Rose of Montreux.
For ten years from 1992 he stopped doing stand-up. During this period he performed two solo theatre shows, The Ghost of John Belushi Flushed My Toilet and Liberal Psychotic, which both transferred from successful runs at the Edinburgh Festival to Hampstead Theatre and then toured internationally. He continued to write extensively not only for TV and Radio but also two novels, House of the Spirit Levels and The Night of the Toxic Ostrich, and a stage play, Love and Other Fairy Tales which was highly successful with critics and audiences alike. He also presented Radio 4’s literature programme Open Book.
Currently he continues to tour as a stand-up comedan and is also co-creator (with comedian Alistair Barrie and journalist and LBC presenter James O’Brien) of the topical panel show No Pressure to be Funny which can also be found as a podcast on the British Comedy Guide.
“Revell is an expert in delivering thought-provoking, political satire, combined with a strong delivery and great stage presence….There are no cheap laughs here, but if you like your comedians to say something worth saying, Nick Revell is for you. “ Edfest Magazine 2014
“a set which as politically charged as it is hilarious.” Liverpool Echo
“a master at work, someone who can deliver a cohesive critique of society’s ills without just ranting or being mindlessly angry.” Bruce Dessau
“consistently excellent” Guardian 2014 “Master satirist” Time Out 2012
“The wonderful Nick Revell...A brilliant observer of contemporary idiocies....a shrewd commentator on society and the political scene....Having begun his career not long after alternative comedy’s equivalent of the year dot....you’d forgive Nick Revell if these days he chose to put his feet up of an evening. Instead, he maintains a gigging schedule that would shatter many fresher-faced acts...While he’s got access to a vein of intoxicating anger, he’s also a comedian who can transmit a huge amount of real human warmth. Expect to be seduced by a genuine craftsman”. Guardian 2009
“A master craftsman” Time Out 2003
"..one of the most creative and incisive comics on the circuit" Guardian 2009
“Revell’s pedigree goes back to the Eighties, but his patter is as relevant today as it ever was” London Evening Standard
“He is an animated, engaging raconteur offering a master-class in delivery with variety in pace, volume and rhythm that keeps an already attentive audience transfixed” Chortle
“Satirically brilliant. Travel miles to see him.” Guardian
“Easy delivery and a great stage presence” Times
"Scalpel-sharp satirist" London Evening Standard
"If you were looking to set a gold standard of comic delivery, Nick Revell would be a good place to start. His varying rhythms, pace, emphasis and ability to drop into any number of accents to enliven his routines set him aside as an excellent storyteller...impressive stuff...an ambitious, and peerlessly told, set." Chortle
"Revell makes you laugh and think; a rare and cherishable combination these days" Scotsman
"Nick Revell is an excellent stand-up comic...an act that distinguishes itself by sharp observation and intelligence." Independent
“Brilliantly satirical” Time Out, 1987 "Unfunny" Time Out, 1983