Nick Cody presents his new show, Beard Game Strong, at His Majesty’s Theatre from Thursday, April 30, until Sunday, May 3, as part of the Perth Comedy Festival.
When did you first realise you could make a career out of comedy?
I started nine years ago and have been a full time touring act for the past four. It just got to the point where I was taking a lot of interstate gigs and I decided to chuck the towel in at the day job. Even though I was only making small amounts of money at the start, going full time was the best move I’ve ever made.
Tell us about Beard Game Strong.
It’s an hour of stand-up with stories about my parents that are loose units, my girlfriend and I having a 70/30 split and getting into stupid situations with the Australian SAS. No overarching themes or anything like that. Just an hour of kickass stand up.
Are you a fully paid up member of the Cult of the Beard?
I didn’t know there was a Cult of the Beard. A true bearded man doesn’t need to be part of any club. You are just a boss all by yourself.
You draw from your own life for your routine. Have you ever gotten into trouble for oversharing on stage?
Luckily my parents and girlfriend are pretty awesome and they know the intricate details in the stories are what makes them great. They get thrown under the bus a bit. Haha.
You’ve said before that your family heavily influences your comedy. Tell us about that.
I grew up in a house with parents that loved joking around and pulling pranks. Come to the show to hear about them. The stories are hilarious.
What’s your go-to source when you get stuck for material?
Since my material comes from stuff that happens to me, it just requires me to live a little. I’m lucky like that, I don’t get anything from sitting down at a desk, I just have to go out and do some cool shit.
What’s the rest of the year got in store for you?
Touring all the way until November. All over Australia, then Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Edinburgh and New York.
If you or any one you know lives in one of those places, check out nickcody.com.au for the listings!