I’ve thrown myself into the comedy festival over the last couple of weeks and have LOLed, LMAO and almost ROFLed, but then I realised it
would ruin my outfit so I didn’t.
I’ve seen about 25 comedians so far… that would be more impressive if most of them weren’t at the Comedy Gala. Here are some mini reviews and previews of what I’m seeing next.REVIEWS Rove and Friends preview show
Simon McKinney – used to be a fish on kids TV, but now he’s a man who tells stories in funny voices. Enjoyable. Probably won’t see full show at the festival, but perhaps later in the year. http://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/auckland/show/my-time-as-a-talking-fish Hannah Gadsby – she’s from Tasmania and is hilarious. Pushes boundaries but bloody good. Recommend her show. Rove McManus – this was a warm up show in a tiny venue, which was great as far as seeing his expressive face in action. He was a sharper at the gala, but fun. Especially enjoyed the mocking of the South Island, Twilight and P-Diddy. Plus he’s Rove, you want to laugh. Comedy Gala
So many comedians I can’t go through them all, but a few highlights moments include Chopper mocking Nickelback, Wil Anderson, Jarred Christmas and Wilson Dixon. Maeve Higgins, Josie Long, Felicity Ward and Irene Pink (plus Hannah Gadsby again) proved once and for all that the (partially deserved) image of female comedians being all crudity and no wit are well and truly over. They were all excellent – I especially love Josie Long’s two very short plays. You can see them on the Comedy Gala highlights which you can now see on TV3 on Demand. http://www.tv3.co.nz/TVOnDemand/tabid/890/Default.aspx I did really wonder why Mike King was there – his joke about Kanye was funny but.. the rest was painful. I couldn’t listen to Jimeon because he was wearing running shoes with jeans. I think that highlights a problem for both of us. I didn’t get Jeremy Elwood either, maybe a bad show? Chris Cox
The mind reader who can’t read minds puts on a refreshingly different show – he says it’s all fake, but he gets it right and the audience LOVES it. I’m still trying to work out how he does it. He’s been all over the telly and extra shows have been added at the end of the festival. Go, if just to see his ‘All The Single Ladies’ dance. http://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/auckland/show/mind-over-patter Dave Wiggins
Also different to the usual comedy show, Dave does comedy you could take your mum or kids to. We LOLed, especially at some of the ridiculous things he found on the interwebs during his quest to find God online. http://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/auckland/show/googling-god PREVIEWS The Big Show is on in Auckies for the first two weeks then heads to Wellywood. I’m going next week and mostly I’m looking forward NZ’s most successful comedian we’ve never heard of Jarred Christmas. Also Terry Alderton who I think is the guy who did the genius microphone eating troll at the gala, Andrew O’Neill and when I’m going some dude called Miles Jupp. Four dudes in one show – can’t wait!
http://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/auckland/show/the-big-show-2010 Also going to see Raybon Kan at the new venue at Elliott Stables. If you thought he’s a guy who used to do comedy like I did, then you probably should know that he’s was actually living the dream overseas for a few years. Auckland next week then Welly. http://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/auckland/show/discomfort-zone The last show I have booked so far is the one I most wanted to see, Wilson Dixon. He was a festival hit last year and I’ve wanted to see his show for AGES. Country music with ridiculously funny lyrics. What’s not to LOL at? http://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/auckland/show/wilson-dixons-american-dream In conclusion of this essay, I thought I’d tell you a personal anecdote. I was slightly disturbed the other day when I realised that three of the solo shows I wanted to see were Josie Long (Josie like me), Rose Matafeo (Mum is Rosemary) and Maeve Higgins (my Grandmother was Maeve). This was slightly terrifying, so I avoided them so that I didn’t have to go to counselling to talk about my issues afterwards. Although, if laughter is the best medicine, the comedy festival must be like six months of therapy and a bottle of Vitamin C. It’s also great for the abs. Win.
*ROLFMEOW means nothing, in case it was worrying you. It is merely a
tribute to a couple of funny people. You may use it if you wish.