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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.
Over the weekend, on TV3’s ‘The Nation‘, the Wellington Mayoral candidates got together and had a shitfest.
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.
It was a fascinating day yesterday, watching the Brexit results come in and seeing how divided United Kingdom had become.
If there’s one euphemism I’m sick of hearing it’s “property investment”.
Whew. This is going to be tricky. And possibly a bit of a wanky review. So for that I apologise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
I cannot emphasise enough how the marketing for Lords of Strut does not capture what you will see.
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.
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.