REVIEW: Live Live Cinema: Little Shop of Horrors (Auckland Live)

May 18, 2015
Weird and Unusual Plants do the Best Business [by James Wenley] In the previous seasons of Live Live Cinema, the soundtracks to cult B Movies Dementia 13 and Carnival of Souls were recreated live by a handful of actors, musicians lead by the masterful Leon Radojkovic and a dedicated foley artist. It would be relatively easy enough to replicate the formula for […]

REVIEW: Spyfinger! (NZ International Comedy Festival 2015)

May 14, 2015
Beware of this heart of (comedy) gold [by Matt Baker] Following the success of A Play About Space and A Show About Superheroes, Wellington-based award-winning theatre collective My Accomplice brings their latest show (about spies), Spyfinger!, to Auckland, following their Wellington season for the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. With incredibly (and necessary) detailed direction by collaborator Uther Dean; Alex Greig, […]

REVIEW: Faith (Eli Matthewson) (NZ International Comedy Festival 2015)

May 14, 2015
No Doubt [by Matt Baker] Religion is a goldmine for comedians. It’s also an easy target, which some exploit to disseminate their philosophical views, and while that’s perfectly valid in the comedy medium, it’s not the aim for Eli Matthewson. Instead, the concept of faith, or, more specifically, losing it, is a chance for Matthewson to simply expose not only some […]

REVIEW: National Treasure (Nic Sampson) (NZ International Comedy Festival 2015)

May 13, 2015
Working his way up [by Matt Baker] What does it mean to be a National Treasure? What is the criterion for nomination let alone winning? And who is so humbly honouring themselves? Comedian, actor, and head-writer for Jono and Ben, Nic Sampson, addresses all this and more in his New Zealand Comedy Festival show, National Treasure. With the help of Sam […]

REVIEW: Fly or Die (Hamish Parkinson) (NZ International Comedy Festival 2015)

May 13, 2015
Surreal Grandeur [by Matt Baker] There are a variety of ways in which artists create work, and while there are theoretical practices that can be employed in an attempt to ensure some form of artistic merit, such an outcome is never guaranteed. There will always be those who follow the rules, guidelines, and templates to great success, and then there are […]

REVIEW: Force Norman (NZ International Comedy 2015)

May 7, 2015
Revenge of the Nats  [by Matt Baker] If New Zealand’s political history lacks a flair for the dramatics, Billy T award-winning comedians Rhys Mathewson and Nick Gibb have certainly made up for it with their two-man, six-character, action-comedy Force Norman. Following fictional events sparked by equally fictional Minister of Defence Tim Tambly (Mathewson), presumably National party Prime Minister Wallace Norman (Gibb) […]

REVIEW: James Roque – Paper, Scissors, Roque (NZ International Comedy 2015)

May 7, 2015
Roquing it [by Matt Baker] The New Zealand International Comedy Festival asks performers to come up with a title well before most of them have come up with their actual show, and for comedian James Roque the situation is no different. The tie in to his eponymous pun is loose, but Roque sticks with the rule of comedy, offering three tips […]

REVIEW: Nish Kumar – NZ Debut (NZ International Comedy 2015)

May 6, 2015
Wishin’, prayin’ Nish is stayin’ [by Matt Baker] Nish Kumar has been performing comedy for 10 years, and it shows – in the best possible way. From board game politics to the liberalism of society, Kumar is an incredibly intelligent comedian whose observational comedy is rich with political and social relevance, while all the time avoiding condemnation and delivering in hilarity. […]

REVIEW: Waiting For My Real Life (Colin Hay) (NZ International Comedy Festival 2015)

May 3, 2015
Real life entertainment [by Matt Baker] I was dubious, when I first heard, as to why Colin Hay was performing as part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. As Madonna proved last month, being a performer, regardless of the endurance of your critical and commercial success, does not necessarily equate to any skill in delivering comedy. However, be it his […]
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