Nick Cody: Loose Unit

By Lisa Clark  

If you are looking for some straight up and down stand up to take your mates to, step right up. Do you love Beer, sports and pranks? So does Nick and he’s good at comedy.

I laughed all the way through Nick’s show. Not double over, crying, but enjoying it more than some of the couples around me who I didn’t see laugh once, though they appeared to be enjoying themselves. It’s a pretty mainstream audience for a pretty conventional show. There’s a bit of language and a LOT about excrement, but this is conservative comedy at its most charming and accessible.

I don’t often mention house music, but Nick makes sure that we know he picked it, ‘cause he loves it. I always find it mildly embarrassing when white suburban young men love rap about “bitches, bitches, bitches”. I have no idea who the artist is (so many raps about bitches eh?) but it is pretty off putting for me to say the least (it’s like a sign on a boys clubhouse saying “No Girls Allowed”). On one hand it’s jarring and contrary to Nick’s friendly, relaxed persona, on the other an unsurprising cliché.

Like the house music both going in and out, everything about Loose Unit is thoughtfully planned and well-constructed. Not much about the show is loose, though some of the funniest moments were a couple of interactions with the audience. The material is mostly biographical, about pranks with his wife, his new dog (a Staffy…surprise surprise), hanging out with mates and hating uptight nerds and guys with long hair…. Wait a minute…Very little phases me these days but it’s amazing how riled up I became about this, especially Nick’s hatred of men with long hair. Is Nick from the 1950s? Did we not sort this bullshit prejudice out in the 60s and 70s? Or is this what private school is doing to kids these days?

Nick seems to be in a bit of denial about the fact that he is anything but a loose unit; married and trying for a family, dog owning, doing good deeds (performing to the troops), starting to enjoy country music and performing convivial, carefully crafted standup comedy. He’s clearly on his way to a career in TV or radio.

Nick Cody performs Loose Unit at The Victoria Hotel til April 22

Nick Cody – Come Get Some

By Phoebe O’Brien nick-cody

Nick Cody has been doing stand up since he was 18, now 10 years later down the track he’s a seasoned performer who has had sold out shows across Australia. Making waves performing at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival and the New York Comedy Festival, Cody now brings his latest show Come Get Some to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Cody’s relaxed approach and friendly demeanour break downs any wall between himself as a performer and the audience. It feels more like a chat with a really funny bloke at a party, which is a testament to his natural skill in comedy.

Cody’s unique take on relatable topics keep the show interesting and fresh.
His experiences are the backbone of the show, drawing from tales about his girlfriend, moving house and life on the road overseas.

The show demonstrates how grounded Cody is. He is likeable and engaging.
On hearing a woman’s quirky laugh in the audience, Cody makes a few innocent and encouraging cracks and then moves on, remaining affable showing he doesn’t need to steep low just for cheap laughs.

Head along to see Nick Cody, he’s personable and pleasant. You’ll be sure to enjoy yourself.

Catch Nick Cody’s Come Get Some at ACMI during Melbourne International Comedy Festival until April 17th.


Comedy Xmas Shows Are Coming to Town

By Lisa Clark

All around Melbourne the comedy venues are putting together Christmas shows with more laughs than you’ll find in any Christmas Cracker. We put together a list and you can check it twice. These are all the Christmas shows we know about, coming to Melbourne this December, including some exciting live podcast recordings.


The Bella Union Bar is in a Seriously Festive mood and has a lot of Christmas cheer to offer. Comedy wise there are three main offerings.

Sweetest Plum – How the Plum Stole Christmas 
Podcasters Nick Maxwell and Declan Fay will present their usual razor sharp banter**, with a star-studded line-up of celebrity guests***

**   Razor sharp banter is not guaranteed.
*** Star-studded line-up may just be Gatesy, on a stool, with a guitar
Date: 14th December, 2014
Time: 5:00pm
Price: $20/15


After Dinner Mint Christmas Spectacular By The Lords Of Luxury 
The final After Dinner Mint of the year features:
– Master of the dark arts, David Quirk
– Masters of mayhem, Aunty Donna
– Master of sideburns, Hairy Soul Man aka Kai Smythe
Plus many special guests AND a visit from the one and only Santa Claus!

Hosted by The Lords of Luxury with music from Gillian Cosgriff.

Date: Tuesday December 9
Time: 8:30pm.
Price: Presale $12/9  or $15/10 at the door


A Swinging Bella Christmas 

This will be a musical comedy show with MC Casey Bennetto and his co-host being comedy chanteuse Geraldine Quinn with their band the Bella All Stars. On Thursday 18th the special guests will be Alan Brough and Mike McLeish and on Friday the special guests will be Tripod so you can no doubt go to both and are pretty much guaranteed a sensational time.

Thur 18 Dec 2014
Fri 19 Dec 2014

Time: 7:30pm
Price: $35 Full $30 Group $25 Conc



What The Dickens!

Travel back in time to 1851, to Victorian England and the great age of discovery and storytelling. Created from your suggestions, tales of sweet-hearted heroes, sickly orphans, bumbling constables and winsome ladies are woven into a new, unique Dickensian tale every night.

Play parlour games like Poor Pussy, the Laughing Game and join Melbourne’s finest improvisors for mince pies and some Christmas cheer in the wonderful ‘curiosity shoppe’ that is The Butterfly Club.

Wednesday 17 December 2014    6:00pm
Thursday 18 December 2014     7:00pm
Friday 19 December 2014  7:00pm
Saturday 20 December 2014     7:00pm
Sunday 21 December 2014       6:00pm

Price $28/23


The Comedy Gallery @ Jacksons Christmas 
Jacksons – 8 Jackson Street Toorak

With Marty Fields, Nelson Twins, Andrew Brown, Dale Craig and Mayumi Nobetsu

Date: Tue  16 Dec
Price: $25 SHOW ONLY  $50 MEAL & SHOW – contact details for dinner and show bookings – 9827 8244
Time: 8.30


THE GH HOTEL (formally Greyhound Hotel) St Kilda

Joel Creasey’s Office Christmas Party 

Joel Creasey and special guests share their Christmas tales, disasters and songs. Join Australia’s finest comedians and celebrities at Joel’s office Christmas party!

Seating is unallocated- come down early for some pre-show Christmas cheer!

This is an ALL AGES event however anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Date: Sat 6th December, 2014
Time: 7:00pm (Doors open at 6pm for 7 – 8:30pm show.)
Price: $30 or $33.80 with Booking fee

Bookings through Moshtix


LOCAL LAUGHS presented by Janet A Mcleod 

At The Local Taphouse – 184 Carlisle St StKilda

With Janet’s famous Christmas style, decorations, the inimitable Andrew McClelland as MC and guests who so far include: Matt Elsbury, Rusty Berther, Dilruk Jayasinha and Cal Wilson, it’s sure to be a jolly good wiz bang night.

Date: Mon 22nd Dec
Time: 8.30pm
Price: $15/12



238 Victoria St Melbourne (opposite Queen Vic Market)

The Public Bar Xmas Show

With Steele Saunders, who will be cooking up an all-star mystery line up.

Date: Wed 17 December
Time: 8.30pm
Price: $5



At The Toff in Town, 252 Level 2 Curtain House Swanston St Melbourne.

Have a Christmas celebration with The Shelf. For three Mondays in December, The Shelf team will be rocking the night away with their final show being Dec 15 (So it must be a Christmas Show)

Hosted by Justin Hamilton and Adam Richard, regulars include Cal Wilson, sketch troupe Aunty Donna and Claire Hooper and there  is always a huge line up of very special guests

Date: Mon 15 December
Time: 7.30pm
Price – $25/$30



Spleen Bar, 41 Bourke St Melbourne

Spleen Xmas  Show is having a huge three bracket show that closes with the naming of the 2014 Spleen Comic of the year.


Harley Breen, Oliver Clark, Tommy Little, Greg Larsen, Gary Chook, Xavier Michelides, Nick Cody, Anne Edmonds, Dilruk Jayasinha, Karl Chandler , Steele Saunders and surprise guests!

Date: Mon 15 December
Time: 8.30pm
Price: Gold Coin Donation



The Yarraville Club 135 Stephen St, Yarraville.

Yarraville Laughs has two sparkly fabulous Christmas Shows this year.

The 2014 Christmas Cracker 

Sat 13 Dec

Featuring Denise Scott & Fiona O’Loughlin
Plus Special MC Jeff Green (UK)

A top comedy line-up that will sell out fast.


Dinner & Show: 6:30pm
Show Only: 8pm
Show Starts: 8:30pm

Dinner & Show $100 (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Reserved Seating $55 (Doors open at 7:30pm)
General Admission $45 (Doors open at 7:30pm)

EFFIE in A Date With Effie – ‘Kiss Me Under The Camel-Toe… Sorry, Mistletoe’ 

Sat December 20

Dinner & Show: 6:30pm
Show Only: 8pm
Show Starts: 8:30pm

Ticket Options

Dinner & Show $90 (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Reserved Seating $45 (Doors open at 8pm)
General Admission $35 (Doors open at 8pm)
On the Door $40 (if available)


Also Other Pre Christmas Live Podcast Recordings:

I Love Green Guide Letters 15th Episode Live Spectacular 
At the Last Laugh Comedy Club at the Athenaeum Theatre 188 Collins St Melbourne

With a cast of 1,00s including adorable Channel 9 Newsreader Peter Hitchener

Date: Saturday Dec 6
Time: 3.30pm
Price: $20


Little Dum Dum Club 4th Birthday Show Live 

At Five Boroughs Comedy, 68 Hardware Lane (upstairs), Melbourne.

Tommy Dassalo and Karl Chandler present the usual dickheadery, tips about fast food outlets and some super special guests. Includes an extra post show by Nick Cody

Date: Sunday, December 7,
Time: 4pm.
Price: $21

5 Good Reasons to see NICK CODY: Here’s Trouble

1. It’s hilarious

2. I went to Afghanistan to entertain the troops…you probably haven’t but you’ll love the stories about it.

3. I’m introduced by UFC Ring Announcer Bruce Buffer…that’s pretty badass

4. I have two pet budgies to feed

5. See number 1.

Nick Cody performs Here’s Trouble at the Portland Hotel