REVIEW: Brinestorm: Alice Brine (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 12, 2016
[Force of Comedy] For some comedians, the date by which they’re required to submit a show title to the New Zealand International Comedy Festival occurs well before they’ve had the chance to consider the exact content of the work. Brinestorm, however, could not be a more appropriate name for Billy T Award nominee Alice Brine. Embracing her ADHD, Brine takes us […]

REVIEW: Pressure Makes Diamonds: Laura Daniel (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 12, 2016
[Diamond Precision] The pressure is on for Laura Daniel. Having successfully demonstrated her comedic skills on television, worked snippets of material through Raw Comedy nights at The Classic, as well as clocking countless hours of improv with Snort, the live comedy world awaits her first solo comedy show – as a Billy T Award nominee no less – but Daniel […]

REVIEW: Eli Matthewson (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 9, 2016
[You Won’t Believe what Matt Baker says about Eli Matthewson in this Review] Having trained as an actor and worked as a writer for Funny Girls, and Jono and Ben, it makes perfect sense that 2015 Billy T Award nominated comedian Eli Matthewson, under the direction of theatrical daredevil Kip Chapman, would step from straight stand up to sketch comedy […]

REVIEW: The Crown Prince: Joel Creasey (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 8, 2016
[Fame Awaits] Joel Creasey wants to be famous, and so far he’s doing rather well. The Australian comedian has been successfully performing since his debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2010, garnering nominations and performing to sell-out crowds throughout Australia. That fame, however, has yet to reach New Zealand shores. Having seen Creasey perform previously at the Classic, […]

REVIEW: The Moa Show: Jamie McCaskill (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 6, 2016
[More Moa] I’ve never seen Jamie McCaskill do a solo show before but boy was it worth the wait.  From the unassuming entrance (no fanfare, no “put your hands together”, no “and now on stage…”) he walked on,  as though he was an audience member looking his seat,  and then just started talking.  Having spotted his dad and pops in […]

REVIEW: Look At Me: Juliette Burton (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 5, 2016
[Looking for Laughs] The irony of our awareness of body shaming in advertising is that the implementation of it persists regardless. Actress, writer, and performer Juliette Burton’s contribution to the conversation is just one of many where companies continue to be exposed for marketing campaigns that perpetuate concepts of health and beauty which propagate negative self-worth. A personal story that […]

REVIEW: E Tu (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 5, 2016
[Stand Proud] I believe E Tū is the first comedy show held at Te Pou Theatre in New Lynn and I really hope it is the first of many, With Nick Rado at the helm as MC we felt we were in good hands from the outset.  His understated, good-natured, unassuming manner was perfectly pitched to interlink the talent on […]

REVIEW: Savage: Alice Fraser (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 5, 2016
[Pain into Love] Last night I couldn’t help but fall in love. Alice Fraser’s show for the New Zealand International Comedy Festival may be titled Savage, by the Australian comedian, with an ever-ready puckish smile and gleam in her eye, is anything but. Circumnavigating a serendipitous encounter, Fraser breaks down a few societal constructs, as well as some personal ones, […]
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