The following year, 1999, was difficult one.
Buoyed by the overwhelming success of the previous year and hoping to exploit the Time Out Comedy Award 1998 the producers decided to move my show to The Pleasance upstairs at a 9pm timeslot.
This show was the most complex and intricate monologue show that I had yet written.
Provisionally entitled Phil Nichol is a Puppet, the show involved me coming out of the closet as a puppet and then as a puppet, I set about doing a ‘human’ show (as opposed to a human doing a puppet show) The Puppet and the ‘human’ monologues all concentrated on different areas of the human condition.
Needless to say the timeslot meant that the show was often delivered to a drunken Edinburgh audience looking for stand-up comedy not some quasi-artistic attempt to unfold the mysteries of the universe. Fail.
I took the year 2000 off.