Nick Ullett's Dying is Easy... Comedy is Hard at the Matrix Theatre
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CRITICS CHOICE! With candor, wit, humility, and grace, Nick Ullett, in his one man show, reveals the power of ‘writing what you know,’ and this brilliant actor/performer will make his mark and leave a legacy." —Examiner.com
“CRITICS CHOICE! In his smashing solo presentation, writer-performer Nick Ullett gracefully gives the lie to the second half of the title (a famous quotation of unknown origin) with his supremely effortless wit… [This production] is as inspirational as it is entertaining.” —Backstage
“CRITICS CHOICE! A rare storytelling ability…Nick takes the audience on a wild ride…laughing all the way. It’s a swell trip, very funny, very human…Thought-provoking, stimulating, a bit sentimental…What a mensch!” —_Park LaBrea News/Beverly Press _
With songs, slides and irrepressible wit, Ullett takes the audience on a roller coaster ride through existence. Dying is Easy… Comedy is Hard originated two decades ago at the 13th Street Theatre in New York’s Greenwich Village. But the show that started out as an autobiographical account of Nick’s arrival in America as one-half of an English comedy team during the swinging ‘60s morphed into something else entirely when fate stepped in, altering his life with a diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Nick incorporated his fight against cancer into the show, never shying away from the reality of the battle – but always mining the humor that kept him going. The result is stimulating, funny, and thought-provoking theater from a “Brit” who has been described alternately as an “Anglo-American Spaulding Gray” and “an egomaniac who can’t shut up.”
“This show is absolutely terrific,” says the Matrix Theatre’s Joe Stern, who invited Gullett to perform on Monday nights after he saw a reading at Ensemble Studio Theatre-L.A. “It’s very funny, and it’s not at all sentimental. In fact, I can’t tell you the ending because it’s so hysterical.”