Starting out as a writer for topical shows like Weekending and The News Huddlines on BBC Radio and Not the Nine O’Clock News on BBC TV in the late 70s, Nick Revell began performing as a stand-up at the Comedy Store in 1980.
Over the next twelve years he worked extensively on the expanding alternative comedy circuit and made many visits to the Edinburgh Fringe, including Brave New Comedy in 1984 (with Arnold Brown, Norman Lovett and Paul Merton) and was nominated for the Perrier Award for his solo show in 1987.
During this period he appeared on countless TV and Radio shows, including Friday Night Live, Live at Jongleurs, made two visits to the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, co-wrote and co-starred with Andy Hamilton in several series of the award-winning Million Pound Radio Show on BBC Radio 4, wrote and starred in two series of the Radio 4 sit-com The Nick Revell Show, and his own show Nick Revell, on BBC-1. Also panel shows such as Just A Minute, The News Quiz, Quote Unquote.
His TV and Radio credits as a writer include sitcoms, sketch shows and material for other comedians - Drop the Dead Donkey, Dressing for Breakfast, After You’d Gone, Dave Allen, Three of a Kind, Not the Nine O’Clock News, Alas Smith and Jones, Rory Bremner and Jasper Carrot, The Million Pound Radio Show, House of the Spirit Levels, Living with the Enemy, Weekending, The News Huddlines, The Unofficial Election 2005, with Andy Zaltzman and Jon Oliver, The Nick Revell Show, The Sunday Format to name but a few.
As an actor his credits include Drop the Dead Donkey and Alan Clarke’s musical feature film Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire.
Awards for the above include Perrier Nominee, BAFTAS, International Emmys, British Comedy Awards, Sony Radio Awards, Writers’ Guild Awards, Silver Rose of Montreux.
For ten years from 1992 he stopped doing stand-up. During this period he performed two solo theatre shows, The Ghost of John Belushi Flushed My Toilet and Liberal Psychotic, which both transferred from successful runs at the Edinburgh Festival to Hampstead Theatre and then toured internationally. He continued to write extensively not only for TV and Radio but also two novels, House of the Spirit Levels and The Night of the Toxic Ostrich, and a stage play, Love and Other Fairy Tales which was highly successful with critics and audiences alike. He also presented Radio 4’s literature programme Open Book.