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Supporting the Ruminator

Supporting the Ruminator

The annual subscription fee has come up again and as I (Dave) have started my own business, money is a bit tight, so if you want to donate to help keep the site live then awesome!

by × August 25, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour

Raybon and Tim and Cohen oh my!

Raybon and Tim and Cohen oh my!

We love comedy at the Ruminator. We review the shit out of it every festival and we’re a big supporter of local comedy which we think is going from strength to strength.

by × August 25, 2016 × 0 comments

Politics

Eats gravel, shits highways

Eats gravel, shits highways

Over the weekend, on TV3’s ‘The Nation‘, the Wellington Mayoral candidates got together and had a shitfest.

by × August 8, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour, Reviews

Our Favourite New Podcast: “Boners of the Heart”

Our Favourite New Podcast: “Boners of the Heart”

Forget everything Mel Gibson taught you about What Women Want; this is where wisdom lies. Boners of the Heart is like listening in on a slumber party, but in a non-creepy way.

by × August 4, 2016 × 0 comments

International, Politics

A complete abdication of responsibility

A complete abdication of responsibility

It was a fascinating day yesterday, watching the Brexit results come in and seeing how divided United Kingdom had become.

by × June 25, 2016 × 0 comments

News, Politics, Rights

A Pox On Both Your Houses

A Pox On Both Your Houses

 If there’s one euphemism I’m sick of hearing it’s “property investment”. 

by × May 17, 2016 × 5 comments

Humour, Reviews

Comedy Festival Review: Red Bastard

Comedy Festival Review: Red Bastard

Whew. This is going to be tricky. And possibly a bit of a wanky review. So for that I apologise.

by × May 12, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour, Reviews

Comedy fest review: Angela Barnes in Come As You Are

Comedy fest review: Angela Barnes in Come As You Are

Angela Barnes has, in her promo material, the sentence “The best mainstream female comedian I’ve seen since Sarah Millican” and the word mainstream makes me pause.

by × May 12, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour, Reviews

Comedy Fest review: James Acaster in Reset – world premiere

Comedy Fest review: James Acaster in Reset – world premiere

James Acaster is going to be a very expensive comic to see next time he comes back to New Zealand. I fully expect him to be at the Opera House charging like $50 to see him. And he’d be worth it. Because this was one of the best comedy festival shows I’ve had the fortune of seeing.

by × May 11, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour, Reviews

Comedy Fest review: Rose Matafeo in Finally Dead

Comedy Fest review: Rose Matafeo in Finally Dead

When we settle ourselves in for Rose’s show there’s an organist playing, it’s the soundtrack of just about every funeral you’ve ever been to and is a nice touch to what is an entertaining, funny, yet somewhat frustrating hour of comedy.

by × May 11, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour, Reviews

Comedy fest review: Jeremy Elwood in Three night stand

Comedy fest review: Jeremy Elwood in Three night stand

Jeremy Elwood is basically Mr New Zealand comedy at this point in his career. He is so polished, so professional that investing in his show is practically a sure thing, and Three Night Stand doesn’t disappoint.

by × May 6, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour, Reviews

Comedy fest review: Laura Daniel in Pressure makes diamonds

Comedy fest review: Laura Daniel in Pressure makes diamonds

Laura Daniel is probably the most likable comic I’ve seen on stage in some time. It’s a personality characteristic that is often neglected by comics, but for Laura I’m pretty sure it’s natural and just down to a charismatic, charming and funny persona.

by × May 5, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour, Reviews

Comedy fest review: Neel Kolhatkar in Neel before me

Comedy fest review: Neel Kolhatkar in Neel before me

“Don’t let his internet celebrity deceive” says part of Neel’s promo material, and I have to confess I didn’t actually know who Neel was before I went and saw his show.

by × May 5, 2016 × 0 comments

International, Politics

Why Donald Trump is good for democracy

Why Donald Trump is good for democracy

Hello friends, I’m not going to be writing a whole lot of these pieces but I thought I’d dip my toe back into the punditry land, if only for a brief swim.

by × May 4, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour, Reviews

Comedy fest review: Lords of Strut in Chaos

Comedy fest review: Lords of Strut in Chaos

I cannot emphasise enough how the marketing for Lords of Strut does not capture what you will see.

by × May 4, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour, International

Comedy fest review: Beth Vyse in Funny as Cancer

Comedy fest review: Beth Vyse in Funny as Cancer

Write what you know. That’s what they tell you when you start doing comedy. Beth Vyse got breast cancer, so she’s written about that. And it’s funny as hell.

by × May 4, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour, Reviews

Comedy fest review: Marcel Lucont’s Whine List

Comedy fest review: Marcel Lucont’s Whine List

Marcel Lucont’s was one of the shows I was most looking forward to this festival. He’s won a tonne of awards recently and everyone raved about him at his most recent trip here a couple of years ago.

by × May 3, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour, Reviews

Comedy Fest Review: Arj Barker in Get in my head

Comedy Fest Review: Arj Barker in Get in my head

I saw Arj Barker for the one and only time in a gala show a few years ago. I wasn’t that impressed with his ‘surf rock’ comedy then, but the thing with gala shows is that you get a 5 minute slice of a comedian’s repetoire.

by × May 2, 2016 × 0 comments