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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

Feminism, Humour

Funny Birds 3: Some Reckonings

Funny Birds 3: Some Reckonings

Oh hi! It’s me, constant improvisor and international feminist killjoy Jennifer O’Sullivan, here to guide you in your navigation of the always-dude-heavy comedy festival programme and to remind you that yes, women are diligently doing their thing and carving out their place in the comedy world.*

by × April 28, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour, Reviews

Comedy Fest Review: Eamonn Marra and Jonny Potts in All Day Breakfast

Comedy Fest Review: Eamonn Marra and Jonny Potts in All Day Breakfast

Line-up shows are funny things, I mean obviously comedy shows are largely all funny, but line-up shows are a different kind of funny. 

by × April 28, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour, Reviews, Uncategorized

5 Things To Help Prepare You For “Tickled”

5 Things To Help Prepare You For “Tickled”

After a couple of years in the making and a successful premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Tickled is finally about to be shown in NZ theatres.

by × April 11, 2016 × 0 comments

International, News, Politics, Uncategorized

Trump, the View From Moon Zealand

Trump, the View From Moon Zealand

For a while now I’ve wondered when exactly we should start taking seriously what is going on in US politics around Donald Trump. How foolish of me. The time is now.

by × March 31, 2016 × 1 comment

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It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times

Hi friends, it’s been a while.

by × March 24, 2016 × 1 comment