Tui Christie is an eighteen year old comedian with a lot of energy and even more talent. Gifted is her debut solo comedy show. Performed in front of a small audience in the Studio at BATS, Christie delights us with jokes about her family, becoming an adult, and the meaninglessness of life itself.
by Laura Ferguson
How could I possibly resist a show that has a cute, little, orange kitteh on the poster? For me, it’s impossible, so along I go to Brendon Green’s Of Consequence. Having seen Green a couple of years ago with a very feline-themed show, I was looking forward the the comedian’s brand of storytelling humour. Sitting down, I feel that same familiarity I felt last time, Green’s presence is fun, friendly and relaxing, like a bubble bath of comedy.
I’m a serial student. Primary, secondary, and tertiary education done – but wait, there’s more! I’ve gone into postgrad education and am currently working on Masters. Why, you ask? Expelling my personal, psychological, and terrible financial reasoning for a moment, learning institutions are exciting. Here, there is focus. Here, there is experimentation. Here, there is pushing the boundaries. As humans, we are never more exciting than when we’re learning, which is why I was squealing to go to the New Zealand School of Dance’s choreographic season for 2019 ORBICULUS. Thirteen dances, each choreographed by a graduating student, and directed by Victoria Colombus.
Me ’n’ Ma is a wholesome and delightful addition to this year’s Comedy Festival. We are welcomed into the space by a beaming Hamish Parkinson who offers popcorn and lemonade on the way to our seats. He greets every audience member with warmth and gratitude, setting the tone for the heart-warming 55 minutes ahead.
The Good Guys: the Goodest Show in Town is an annual NZICF charity event featuring a line-up of some of the Fest’s best to fundraise for Spinning Top. This year’s diverse range of comedy features MC Ben Hurley and comedians Jeremy Elwood, Brynley Stent, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Raybon Kan, Rhian Wood-Hill, and Justine Smith.
James Malcolm Is Throwing a Party and you’re invited! The two-time Billy T award nominee celebrates his fabulousness in his new Comedy Festival entry. The party theme is brilliantly conveyed through the metallic balloons and rainbow piñata on stage of the Te Auaha theatre. Each audience seat has a party hat and Taylor Swift bangers play as we enter. The stand-up comedy show is a fabulous look at gay culture and is decorated with meta gags.
by Laura Ferguson
“You got it? I don’t want to see this on Twitter. I don’t want to see this on Facebook. No Instagram. Nothing. Unfollow me, actually, block me.” Acaster hilariously drills into us, pointing a finger to exaggerate his point. The room erupts with laughter. My neighbour slaps his knee, the woman behind me guffaws until she wheezes and I’m trying not to buckle too much with giggles. And that concludes the first half of Acaster’s show.
Chris Parker is Iconique. The award winning comedian spotlights gay culture and modern technology in his explosive one man Comedy Festival entry Iconique. With the help of his digital assistant, Amazon Echo ‘Alexa,’ Parker performs original songs, shares hilarious family stories and fears the internet is literally fucking us. Iconique is a social commentary, stand-up and musical tied together in a big fat rainbow flag.
by Laura Ferguson
There is something phenomenal about James Nokise. I have seen his work many times in my three years in Wellington and now he has well-deserved success overseas, I try and catch him every time he’s back in town. And yet, he still wows me with fresh takes on society, pithy turns of phrase, and an ability to engage the audience so completely despite raising issues that many deem uncomfortable. God Damn Fancy Man is no exception.
We all like improve shows. And if you think you don’t, you actually do, because at least you’re not the one improvising. It was Mother’s Day when I went to Circa to check out The Improvisors show Theatresports. As someone who played theatresports on the regz back in high school, it brought back familiar memories of physical feats with a belly full of Coke and the Monday Subway sub of the day (back then, it was the meatball sub).
There is only one essential in a successful comedy routine: It must make people laugh. Whether it be just broad smiles, appreciative snickers, chuckles or full-throated guffaws makes no difference. Laughter must happen in some form or other. As such, most of Daniel John Smith's audience in this year's Comedy Fest hit the streets (or the bar) following his 60 minute repertoire of humour under the banner of Big Dumb Cats at least chuckling. Some roaring in delight. Indeed if tonight's show is anything to go by more than a few will fill the Fringe Bar with those bouts of full-throated guffaws during subsequent performances.
Ivan Aristeguieta presents a traditional stand up show with professionalism and lands consistent big laughs in his first Wellington show. The Venezuelan’s comedy show’s title The Fourth Floor references an idiom describing turning 40 years old. Aristeguieta reflects his experience of getting older, food as metaphors, relationship deal breakers and ridiculous differences between his home land and new found home in Australia.
Best of the Fest, a Festival award winning show, opens this year to a sell-out audience. The queue to San Fran blocks the door to Floridita’s, and the energy is high. In the late show to end all late shows, NZICF brings us the works of Li’i Alaimoana, Jadwiga Green, Guy Montgomery, Melanie Bracewell, Tony Lyall, and Phil Nichol.
PETTY B*TCHES is an energy spike for a stale evening. In an hour of sass, song, and sideways looks, award-winning Aussie comedians Boo Dwyer and Tash York run a course on how to be petty, helping the audience become certified bitches.
This week, nestled on the top floor of BATS Theatre, Ray Shipley brings us what is possibly the best little comedy show in Wellington. Within two minutes of the show beginning, Shipley has an audience member literally snorting with laughter and acknowledges it by saying, “All laughs are welcome here”. This is very much the tone of the show. Shipley is mind-bogglingly comfortable in their own anxiety and somehow cripplingly and charmingly self-aware all at the same time.
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