|Birth name||Nick Helm|
St Albans, England
|Notable works and roles|
Nick Helm (born 1980/1981 in St Albans) is a British comedian, actor and musician known for his comedic confrontational delivery. His routines have been described as "brash and bullish". Many of his performances begin with him acting calmly and see him gradually getting more and more enraged about what he is talking about. He came to prominence following the success of his 2010 Edinburgh Fringe show Keep Hold of the Gold. In 2014, Helm made his main acting debut as lead character Andy in the BBC Three sitcom Uncle.
Helm started writing and performing whilst still at school. He was first taken to the Edinburgh Festival with his drama teacher in 1997. With friends, he began taking shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the early 2000s with increasing levels of success.
By 2007, Helm began performing solo stand-up, but also maintained his theatrical work with a 2008 Fringe show called I Think You Stink, which gained critical acclaim. Comedian Richard Herring called it a "lovely little hidden gem... funny, silly and slightly chilling... something very new and special".
Helm has worked closely with his friends on the stand-up circuit, performing mixed bill standup shows at the Fringe before his first fully solo show, Keep Hold of the Gold, in 2010.
In 2011, the follow up, Dare To Dream, saw him nominated for the Fosters best comedy show and a joke lifted from the show won Dave's award for the funniest joke of the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe: "I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves".
In 2012 Helm appeared regularly on the BBC Three series Live at the Electric performing songs with backing band, "The Helmettes". There were further TV appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats (including as Santa in the 2012 Christmas Special) and its spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Boyle Variety Performance, Russell Howard's Good News and a new show for Edinburgh, This Means War.
Helm also plays acoustic guitar and sings. He has released three solo albums. His latest album is called Hot 'n' Heavy, released on 10 May 2013. He performed "He Makes You Look Fat", one of the tracks from his album, when he appeared as the stand-up guest on Russell Howard's Good News.
Helm won the South Bank Sky Arts "The Times Breakthrough Award" on 27 January 2014.
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