Nick Helm: Phoenix from the Flames

  • Pleasance Dome - QueenDome
  • 17:40
  • Aug 24
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Live Nation in association with Glorious Management
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains audience participation, distressing themes, nudity, scenes of a sexual nature, and strong language.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Sight not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Holy f*ck! After six years away from Edinburgh and ahead of his national tour, Helm is back at the f*cking Fringe with a full Edinburgh run of his new show to remind the world what they’ve been missing out on. Resurrected from the ashes, come and witness two-time Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee and international-treasure-in-waiting shaking his ass, singing songs and righting wrongs. You don’t deserve this... 'The man is brutal, but by AC/DC he's talented with it' ***** ( ‘Pretty f*cking amazing. A true comedy daredevil’ **** (Time Out).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Main queue inside Dome at left of building. 5 steps up to the space or Level access to left of venue — ask staff for assistance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Anita 113 days ago

Nick's shows are always an event and a musical and visual feast. Here you're taken on a comedy-filled, up and down journey via rousing songs, intimate stories, silly jokes and entertaining audience interaction. Personally I find this format provides so much more depth, intimacy and feeling than a traditional stand up just telling jokes. An entertaining, funny and ultimately uplifting show.

Nick Howells 120 days ago

Good, fine, but a little disappointing, he’s obviously had a rough few years since we saw a great show many years ago, Uncle was brilliant TV, he is a great act, but this show relied too much on the songs, some worked (film list), but repeatedly shouting the C bomb doesn’t necessarily mean comedy gold. To me. The dancing Southbank angel is a great story, charming, well done, then just kind of fades away. He is a great act, has had a long time away, I just hope he finds his feet again and kicks on more.

Technically the sound was off, mic was echoey, I assume for the songs, but then not switched to speech for the stand up. Sounded odd, I could a see few people straining to hear the quieter moments. This was based on Wednesday 7th August show.

Lisa Redpath 122 days ago

A Nick Helm show is always a journey for not just Nick but the audience. Loud singing, amazing songs, some jokes, audience participation, Nick in the tiniest of sparkly hot pants, lights, chanting, flag waving...and yes he does use the C word a lot. But this particular show this year also has a lot of heart in it, with Nick discussing mental health and his struggle with depression. No this is not a show that is filled with a TED talk and 10 ways to find happiness, it’s Nick Helm’s show after all. But it’s a show that will make you laugh, cry, sing and also learn a little about yourself. This is a show you really have to see to appreciate how smart a comic Nick really is. 10/10

Lewis Evans 123 days ago

A perfect Nick Helm show with self lothing and depression which was extremly funny and verbally explicit.

A bonkers, quirky ride with songs that I loved.

A highly recommended show to see with the wife and I giving it 8/8.5 out of 10.

Alex Donaghy 126 days ago

What a great show! The best writer and performer of a generation. Even took the time to say hello when i met him in the street later on

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The Guardian (3/5 stars) 102 days ago

Nick Helm was doing mental health comedy before it got trendy, he claims – only slightly joking – in his first new show since 2013. If his earlier work – shouty, heavy metal standup veering between bombast and self-pity – never directly addressed Helm’s depression, Phoenix from the Flames makes...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 114 days ago

As the legend has it, in his own inimitable, self-aggrandising style, no-one has seen Nick Helm since 2013. ...

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The List (4/5 stars) 120 days ago

Another fierce show but with added sensitivity...

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Chortle (4/5 stars) 120 days ago

Taking to the Edinburgh Fringe stage for his first proper run in six years, Nick Helm growls the lyrics to his opening tracks: ‘Been knocked down, kicked around, gonna pick myself up from the ground….’ ...

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 121 days ago

A plangent, Pink Floydian guitar line leads into a rip-roaring opening number in which Nick Helm swearily and sweatily announces his comeback. He growls out his show’s title: Phoenix from the Flames. Rambunctious, artfully overblown, a hairball of grotty triumphalism, Helm is acting as if nothing has changed in the...

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 122 days ago

Phoenix from the Flames is an electric blend of comedy and musical performance. His show is verging on riotous. Picture a sold-out room of just under 200, and Helm flamboyantly dressed in a feather boa, a burlesque performance cape with lights, gold sequin hot pants, gold metallic shoes, and -...

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