Viral Star Lewis Nickell Lands New Talk Show
Fatboy Slim and Bronagh Waugh are lined up as first guests of the Bangor teen who shot to fame with videos highlighting his Tourette's Syndrome
Filming has begun in Northern Ireland for a new comedy-entertainment talk-show presented by a teenager from Bangor who suffers from Tourette's Syndrome.
Lewis Nickell has become an internet sensation raising awareness of the neurological condition over the past year, with self-shot videos from his YouTube channel amassing almost 170 million hits across social media.
He's now set to present his own pilot in studio and on location, interviewing celebrities and hosting comedy segments, games and performances from the very best of new stand-up comedians.
Billed What Makes You Tic?, the pilot will be directed by BAFTA winner Ed Tracy (Fonejacker) and has lined up superstar DJ Fatboy Slim and The Fall's Bronagh Waugh as Nickell's first guests.
The show is a co-production between Belfast’s Nice One Productions, which was set-up by executive producer Chris Jones (Britain’s Favourite Children’s Books with David Walliams, Ask Rhod Gilbert), and Hindsight Productions, the new company set up by David Young (The Weakest Link, Eggheads, Coach Trip), the founder of 12 Yard Productions and former BBC Head of Light Entertainment.
It will shoot entirely in Northern Ireland with funding from Young and Northern Ireland Screen supported by Invest NI.
Chris Jones, Nice One Productions, said: 'I sent David a selection of clips of Lewis' vlogs – he immediately spotted Lewis' star potential and put his money where his mouth is and committed to privately funding a pilot. David’s enthusiasm and financial support encouraged me to approach Northern Ireland Screen and it’s exciting they have also come on-board. I really hope this co-production is the first of many for Nice One and the pilot gives Lewis the chance to fulfill his dream of becoming TV’s very first talk-show host with Tourette’s.'
David Young, Hindsight Productions, said: 'Chris and Lewis' proposal was compelling and instantly I knew What Makes You Tic? was a project that I wanted to support both financially and creatively. Quite simply this was one idea that had to be made.'
Lewis Nickell, presenter, said: 'Raising positive awareness about Tourette’s and having fun doing it was my goal from the start. I’m buzzing about the chance to present my own TV talk-show and hope everyone who likes what I’ve done online will really like this as well.'