When I first met Nik Oldershaw, I didn’t think he knew who I was, we hadn’t shared a bill together, and I didn’t recall bombing in front of him at Sidebar. So, when I saw him at Ottobar, last Saturday, I was surprised when he greeted me by name and with an earnest handshake. What I did remember is Nik’s enthusiasm when it came to discussing the latest and greatest in cinema. His impassioned and emphatic retelling of films have the power to captivate the room and often satisfy more than the original story.
Do you go to the movies a lot?
I go to the movies as often as I can, but mostly I end up checking out stuff at home.
Do you watch bootlegs?
I personally don’t download bootlegs because my computer is already so cluttered with junk, but my friend Keith torrents a lot of shit. We just downloaded this banned Japanese film, Midori, the other day. It was insane.
Why did the Fantastic Four movie flop . . . Again?
I’ll bet it has something to do with Josh Trank being the director. I’ve heard that gut can be a huge dickhead . . . Which isn’t surprising cause I feel like only a dickhead could make a Chronicle (Two dickheads if we’re counting Max Landis).
What’s the best film you’ve seen this year?
It’s gotta be Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s as much a visceral treat as it is an incredible achievement in film making.
The Cobbler. That movie is a series of hard left turns, each one making less sense than the last. One of the most frustrating films I’ve sat through in a while.
Is it bad that Sandler has never made a movie I didn’t laugh at, at least a couple of times?
Dude, even in the worst Adam Sandler movie there will be like two or three gags that get me going. He’s got a really great brand of absurdist humor. Like Jack and Jill, that’s a terrible movie, I guess, but all the Al Pacino stuff makes me laugh so hard because it’s insane that it’s even in the movie at all.
What’s a movie you like that people may be surprised to hear?
What Dreams May Come. I’m not religious, and I can’t stand Robin Williams, but that movie always brings me to tears. I mean it’s a weeping into my hands, 7:30 p.m., on a Saturday kind of movie. It just gets me.
You got 200 million dollars to make a movie. What’s your pitch?
Which is your favorite Batman actor and movie?
I’m gonna cheat and say Kevin Conroy from The Animated Series is my favorite. I think he captures the tone of the character, so well. I never bought Keaton as Batman/Bruce Wayne. Christian Bale was alright, but I feel like his Batman is actually the least interesting part of the Nolan trilogy. I do think that Affleck will probably knock it out of the park, though. Best theatrical movie is Mask of The Phantasm. Animated Batman, guys, I’m telling you!
You discuss films in your stand up. Did you know Jackie Gleason would do sets where he would reenact full movies on stage, often times, in the way he felt the film should’ve went? Will we be seeing you reenact an entire film on stage, soon?
Ha-Ha, as much as I would like to, probably not. I could probably do the Lady From Shanghai, word for word, but nobody want’s to see a nervous young man doing all the Rita Hayworth parts.
Nik can be seen at The Rock Em Sock Em Open Mic Night, 8:30pm tomorrow, at Venice Tavern 339 s.Conkling St. Highlandtown, Baltimore. He can also be seen featuring in Comedy on the Half Shell at Main Street Oyster House, 119 s. Main St. Bel Air, MD. Wednesday, August 19th, 9p.m.