60 second stand up: Phil Nichol

We chatted to Canadian comedian Phil Nichol

What’s the best part of your current set?

I do a joke about crisps. It used to be that you could buy simple salt and vinegar crisps, but now everything’s trying so hard. It’s like “Irish salted potatoes with Suffolk cider vinegar”. And there’s always that sticker saying “We only use the finest ingredients”.

If I cared about the finest ingredients I wouldn’t be eating crisps, I’d be eating lobster!


Who inspires your comedy?

My mum. She’s Scottish, she’s going to turn 90 next year, and she has the most ridiculous sense of humour. She was a born-again Christian, so she doesn’t swear or say anything naughty, but she loves to laugh.


Do you have any funny tales about a time you bombed on stage?

I remember being chased from a venue in Hemel Hempstead. There had been a misunderstanding between an audience member and another comedian and they were going to get us. The manager took us out of his office, down some stairs, into the basement and out a back door. We ran to the car and drove straight out of the car park.


What’s your favourite one-liner?

“People say that I’m ego-centric. But enough about them.”


What superpower would you have?

I’d be like human Siri. Whatever people asked me, I’d know the right answer straight away.


Phil Nichol will be touring nationwide from September. Visit philnichol.com for tickets