You will laugh or die trying at the Ballina RSL
FOR comedian Nick Cody, it was always either pursue a career in comedy or die.
That is, die trying to get into the only other professional he would let himself consider - a soldier in the Australian Defence Force's elite SAS unit.
"I always loved stand-up and knew that's what I wanted to do," he said.
"I've always said the only other thing I'd do is join the Australian SAS.
"I know I'd never make it, so I'd have to stick with comedy because it's an impossible job to get into."
"I've done a few trips to Afghanistan to do gigs for the troops and I've hung out with a bunch of SAS guys and when I tell them, they piss themselves."
At just 28 years old, Nick has already headlined comedy clubs across the country and internationally, including the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, the New York Comedy Festival and sold out Melbourne International and Sydney Comedy Festivals just to name a few.
He's also toured with some of the biggest names in comedy, including Jim Jefferies, Bill Burr and Anthony Jeselnik.
Nick will be be one of five comedians heading to Ballina this month for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.
The all-star line-up includes MC for the night, Dave Callan, who first rose to fame on Rove and Rove Live, Becky Lucas, one of the country's best comedic up and comers, Tommy Dean, an American who's now a regular headliner in the Australian comedy world and Rhys Nicholson, who's just been nominated for a Barry Award - which recognises the most outstanding act at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Nick said it was one of the most impressive comedic line-ups he's been a part of.
"I've done the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow for the last four years and this is genuinely one of the strongest line-ups I've ever been a part of," he said.
"The five acts that are on, we're all completely different styles of stand-up."
Nick performed a comedy routine in Byron Bay this year on New Year's Day at Falls Festival.
At the Ballina RSL Friday May 20. Doors open 7.30pm and show starts at 8.30pm. Show tickets $30. Dinner and show $53.50.