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.
I cannot emphasise enough how the marketing for Lords of Strut does not capture what you will see.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last year I reviewed Jonny Potts’ NZ Comedy Fest show: The Delusionaries.
When I was very young, maybe 4 or 5, my parents took me to watch Torvill and Dean who came to New Zealand and did their ice skating thing at the Hutt Park Raceway
I didn’t even want to see Mad Max: Fury Road. I don’t do action movies.
I think it’s important to make two disclaimers before I go any further with this review.
The Iraq war started twelve years ago, briefly after the invasion of Afghanistan following the attacks on New York City in 2001.
What a frustrating watch! This should have been a documentary that I enjoyed immensely.