Nick Helm's I Think, You Stink!

Comedy (music, horror)

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  • Assembly Roxy - Upstairs
  • 21:45
  • Aug 24
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Live Nation in association with Glorious Management
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 12 and above (12+)(Audience Participation, Contains Distressing Themes, Strobe Lighting, Strong Language/Swearing)
  • Accessibility:
    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 18 months


Comedian Nick Helm’s musical B-movie, drive-in horror anthology tribute is risen from the grave and back at the Fringe for the first time since 2008. Join the Master of Mayhem as he drags you through a series of horrifying vignettes that take you on a journey to the very depths of Hell and back! Dare you enter the hypnozone?! Can you survive the beast boy?! Have you dated the boyfriend from hell?! Not for the faint-hearted!! You have been warned!! 'Dark and twisted, but strangely sweet in the middle' (Mail on Sunday).

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General venue access

  • Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: There is 25 steps into the performance space. The surrounding street area has some cobbles/uneven pavements.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    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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Aldo 105 days ago

I saw this at the beginning of the run and thought it was great. The negative reviews are not fair -if it isn’t someone’s bag then fair enough but at least show some respect for the performers. I was genuinely embarrassed to read a couple of the reviews posted.

Hugh Shepherd-Cross 107 days ago

This is very bad

Anita 111 days ago

This is a joyous, fun hour filled with 13 catchy tunes and imaginative props & dance routines, all providing a unique & silly tribute to B horror movies that anyone with a sense of fun should enjoy, regardless of age. If you're expecting stand up or traditional musical comedy you've read the wrong description. If you like catchy songs and seeing five performers sing their hearts out and be silly to lift your spirits, you should enjoy this on your first, second and third viewing.

Charlotte 112 days ago

Whether its because I'm in my mid 20s and perhaps too young for this or I'm not the generation to appreciate B-movie horror, but I thought this show was pretty awful. If I were sitting on an aisle seat I would have left early. The songs are very repetitive and not like musical 'comedy' I've seen before. The costumes and choreo are outdated and falling apart and there was a problem with the microphones which made it even more painful to listen to.
Having said this, the opening number is fun with all of the props being thrown into the audience, and the 40-something ladies sitting behind us were howling with laughter throughout so it obviously appeals to some people...

Lisa Redpath 120 days ago

If you love B Movie Horror this show is for you! Yes it is a musical but it is a love letter anthology to all of those horror movies you find yourself drawn to when you are sick of all the jump scare CGI s**t you see nowadays. The songs and poems are catchy as hell and definitely need to be released as an album. Do strap on in for all the ham acting you want, the cliche horror themes you need and dammit stay for the choreography and special effects for sure! I loved the show and bravo to Mr Helm for creating something unique for the Fringe. It wasn’t appreciated 11 years ago when he first performed it but I think it’s found an audience now! GO SEE IT!!!!!

Nick Howells 120 days ago

This is a MUSICAL, not stand up. If you like musicals, crack on, if you don’t, avoid and spend your money elsewhere.

Nick Helm is brilliant and a great alternative stand up, and musician, but this is cringe inducingly bad.

The final song Boyfriend from Hell is painful beyond belief.

Stay up an extra hour and go to see Gein’s Family Giftshop TAROT at Pleasance instead for dark comedy horror done well.

Alex Donaghy 126 days ago

I have seen quite a lot of festival shows and tonights performance was fantastic, brilliant teamwork and individual performances from all the cast. The finest and most memorable show in years, if you miss you’ll miss out

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Chortle (4/5 stars) 107 days ago

It’s alive! Nick Helm’s musical love letter to the B-movie horror flick has risen from the dead, 11 years after it was last performed at the Fringe, where it made the grand total of £50. I Think You Stink was the last play Helm wrote before becoming known as a...

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Voice Mag (5/5 stars) 108 days ago

In this extremely camp and heightened show a lot is required of these actors, and they manage to pull it off every time. They bring incredibly high energy to every number, pulling off intense dance numbers, whilst still maintaining a surprising high level of vocals. They were also constantly engaging with the audience, even throwing some inflatable eyeballs at us. Every single actor nailed the difficult balance between creepy and funny throughout the show, making the show amazing to watch.

I Think You Stink takes the silliness of B-movie horror and turns it into a thrilling and thoroughly hilarious experience.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (5/5 stars) 116 days ago

If you’re on the hunt for an enthralling, unpredictable and all-out hilarious show this Fringe, look no further than Nick Helm’s I Think, You Stink!From the five cast members zombie walking down the stairs...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 117 days ago

Walking up the stairs of the Assembly Roxy is akin to creeping up the creaking steps of Frankenstein’s tower. The evening air is cool, the old church bricks glisten in the twilight, and two men walking ahead of you mutter, “**** me there’s a lot of stairs.” Once you reach...

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