At 20, Nicholas career took a new turn. He had enrolled in the MCTC Film School in Minneapolis and had started down the path towards writing and eventually stand-up comedy.
Starting in early 2003, Nicholas gave the bulk of his creative energy to stand-up comedy and by the fall of 2004 had won 1st Place at the coveted Las Vegas Comedy Festival. This gave him a marketable, and much needed ‘credit' that allowed him to hit the road. In 2006 he co-Wrote and Produced the independent film festival hit, “Breakables.”
Due to the momentum that “Breakables" created and with over 250 shows annually Nicholas was opening a lot of new doors. Continuing with that success was his biggest break yet, in both 2006 (Chicago) and 2007 (Minneapolis) he was a finalist for NBC's Last Comic Standing.
If that wasn’t enough, also in 2007 Nicholas Anthony was invited to be a guest on, BOB & TOM the highest syndicated radio show in the country. With over 5 million viewers daily it was the largest exposure for Nicholas yet.
After graduating with a degree in Screenwriting and moving to Chicago, Nicholas decided on his next film project. A World War I short. This film, entitled, "The Nihilist" was the brain-child of Nicholas Anthony, Brendan Eddy and Wayne Johnson Jr. This film is set in France 1916 during The Battle of the Somme. It's the story of an English soldier who has lost the will to live and decides to commit suicide by running into the middle of trench warfare. This film was released in 2009 to the independent film festival market. It won best film and best screenplay at CINEFEST and was featured in the Louisville International Film Festival.
It was serendipitous that, of all the festivals that "The Nihilist” was submitted to, the one it ended up in was Louisville because earlier that year Nicholas had decided to expand his touring reach by moving to Louisville.
In the summer of 2009, Nicholas Anthony was asked to be part of a show on the Las Vegas Strip called AMAZED! The show played daily at, The V Theater in the Miracle Mile Shopping Center at the Planet Hollywood Hotel. In Dec. of that year he also released a 15 min Comedy EP called, “…And Then Things Got Weird!”
After a brief stint back in Minnesota, where he had the good fortune to preform for the troops in Iraq (Jan. 2010), Nicholas also produced the local hit show that combined music and comedy, "Live & Local” (Oct. 2010)
By the end of 2010 Nicholas had decided it was time to be in Los Angeles full-time and in November made the leap. Los Angeles was a big transition. It started with auditing classes in Malibu at Pepperdine University where professor Randall Wallace who wrote, “Braveheart” taught. He also caught the eye of famous television actor/comedian Brad Garrett and started regularly working in his Las Vegas club.
In Feb. of 2012 Nicholas as invited to showcase at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). This is a rare honor reserved for only a select few. Later that year Nicholas was Accepted into The Advanced TV Writing Program at U.C.L.A.
Extension (Oct. 2012) and also started classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where he studied both improv and sketch.
On April 10th, 2012 Nicholas released his first comedy album, “Professional Child” on iTunes and Pandora.
2013 marked Nicholas’ 10 year anniversary of doing stand-up. To celebrate he headlined the historic ICEHOUSE COMEDY CLUB (Jan. 2013).
The Secret Show at The Blind Barber (started in Feb. 2013) is a secret comedy show that Nicholas started with 3 other professional comics (Dave Waite, Grant Lyon and Andy Peters). The show takes place the last Monday of every month in a speakeasy bar behind an old-timey barbershop in Culver City. To be invited please e-mail: BarberSecretShow@gmail.com
2014 started with a bang! Nicholas won 1st place in The Final Draft “Big Break” TV Pilot Writing Contest (Jan. 2014).
Winning this contest lead to attracting show-runner Phil Kellard (Martin, Doogie Howser) to Nicholas’ 2nd original pilot, My Girlfriend’s A Doll (June 2014).
After becoming a finalist in the Scriptapalooza contest and being featured on the stand-up comedy TV showcase LAUGHS on FOX twice in one summer 2014 was a great year.
In 2015 Nicholas wrote for the new CBS television show "The Inspectors." In 2016 The Inspectors was nominated for 6 Emmy Awards and won 1 for Best Lead Actress.
Also, in 2016 Nicholas was featured on FunnyOrDie in the web series The POST POST APOCALYPSE. This Walking Dead parody was loved by many. 2016 ended with a treat, Dave Chappelle did 2 secret shows at The Blind Barber.
Stay tuned for what happens next…