Comedian feels the nerves as the Nimmo Twins return to Norfolk after a five year performance absence

Comedian and writer Karl Minns back in Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY. Comedian and writer Karl Minns back in Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
3:24 PM

One of Norfolk’s finest comedy exports revealed he was more nervous about the return of the Nimmo Twins than their first performance in front of a crowd of two people.

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The Nimmo Twins in 2001.The Nimmo Twins in 2001.

The double act - back by popular demand - returns to its home county for the first time in more than five years tonight.

But Karl Minns, one half of the Nimmo Twins, said he feared that the comic duo would not be able to live up to the expectations of the return of their Normal for Norfolk sketch show, which will be performed to sell out crowds in Norwich for the next 12 nights.

The comedian, who has been busy writing and performing on Russell Howard’s Good News on BBC3 for the last five years, will be reunited with Owen Evans at the Norwich Playhouse tonight to unleash a whole load of new material for ‘Normal for Norfolk 12: Fritton’s Got Talent.’

Mr Minns, who moved from Norwich to London six years ago, yesterday admitted it was more difficult to write the Twins’ material this time around.

The Nimmo Twins. Photo: Will FarrowThe Nimmo Twins. Photo: Will Farrow

However, he and his comedy partner would be bringing their brand of humour to topics such as the dualling of the A11, the fortunes of Norwich City Football Club, and the Norfolk incinerator during the two hour show.

He added that they were delighted when shows at the Playhouse and two dates at the Norwich Theatre Royal sold out so quickly.

“Some people are saying we have lots to write about, but we can not do stories from four years ago and it has to be this year and there have not been lots of big stories, which has made it a bit tricky.”

“We did not know there was going to be an audience after five years. We are two blokes with two chairs. When we went to Edinburgh the first time, our average attendance was two.”

Karl Minns on NCFC

“I had a season ticket last year, but because I was working I only got to a handful of games and I gave my ticket to friends. The last game I went to was the West Brom game, which was Chris Hughton’s last and we were awful and I could not believe how bad we were.”

“The first game this season was not great and the result on Saturday was good and hopefully we can keep the momentum up.”

“I would like to see Neil [Adams] succeed. He is a lovely guy, but I am nervous for the Ipswich game. I would love to see us get out of the league because it is a horrible place to be stuck in.”

“The expectation is so massive, I do not know how any show can live up to it and we are looking forward to it. We have a lot of new material and by the time we get to the first week, it will be in order. It has been five years since I have been on stage and I’m very nervous,” he said.

The Nimmo Twins were first established in 1996 and started gaining national attention after their show Posh Spice Nude was a success at the 1997 Edinburgh Festival. They went on to play Paris, New York and the Singapore Comedy Festival, but regularly returned to their homeland of Norfolk to perform.

Mr Minns, a former Norwich Evening News columnist, added that he was not sure what the future was for the Nimmo Twins. However, a 20th anniversary reunion was on the cards in two years time.

“In 2016 it will be our 20th anniversary for Normal for Norfolk and we have already booked some shows, which might be called ‘20 years, five jokes, two men’. Both of us will do something to commemorate that we have got away with it for 20 years.”
“I think the audience that has been with us for a few years come knowing we take the mickey out of them and they know we are from here. By taking the mickey of them, it is taking the mickey of ourselves. Norfolk is very easy to parody because it is seen to be anti outsiders and anti change,” he added.

Karl Minns on the A11 dualling

“I have been driving between London and Norwich for the last three months for rehearsals and I have experienced the traffic and it has taken an hour to travel two to three miles. It will be great when it is completed.”

“I was in a cab two or three months ago and the driver thought that all the drug dealers will come here quicker when the A11 is dualled.”

“There is a slight fear that the floodgates will open and we will be influxed by Londoners with their fancy ways and matching shoes, but it is a really good thing.”

The Nimmo Twins play Norwich Playhouse from tonight until August 28 and Norwich Theatre Royal on August 29 and 30.

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4 comments

  • Every planning meeting held, the public were invited to discuss the incinerator. The only supporters were the pro-incinerator gang of two, insulted Norfolk folk by saying they follow like sheep. They should have submitted technical detail about the proposed site but they had none. I can see where they were coming from about the sheep jibes, some inexperienced county councillors listening to the ex leader DEL BOY and herded out of a job. The public inquiry was called because of lack of consensus and significant support from the public. The gang of two had not put over a good case as the decision has been a long time coming.

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    LynBin

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Del. You’re often wrong. There were only two people supporting the incinerator at the public inquiry. They were the Muppet double act. Waldorf and Statler.

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    Interpol

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • THEYSE 2 INT GUD 4 THE SITY ORL THAY DO IS TAYK THE MIK

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    Vale Hernandez

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • These guys performed in front of an audience of just two people....? I had no idea they were booked by the anti incinerator mob !

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    Del Boy

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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