REVIEW: James Nokise: Talk a Big Game (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 11, 2017
[What We Talk About When We Talk About Sport] James Nokise opens the show by telling us that this year he won’t be focussing his comedy on politics, and instead he’s decided to turn his attention towards New Zealand sports. It’s a simple and straightforward premise that Nokise beautifully subverts. Beginning with a brief explanation of why he’s made this […]

REVIEW: John Gordillo Cheap Shots at the Defenceless (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 13, 2014
‘Ceriously’ Cerebral Comedy [by Sharu Delilkan] It was hard not to overhear some of the great crowd comments as we filed out of The Classic following John Gordillo’s show Cheap Shots at the Defenceless – “high brow”, “excellent”, “different” and “hilarious”, to name a few. It all started with a bang and the capacity crowd hushed before the man himself […]

REVIEW: Sydney Bridge Upside Down (Taki Rua Productions)

August 8, 2013
Stylised, Sinister and Sexy [by Sharu Delilkan] When I heard that David Ballantyne’s classic novel Sydney Bridge Upside Down was going to be staged by Taki Rua Productions I fought tooth and nail to get the chance to review this iconic New Zealand piece. But in retrospect I may have been a little bit too hasty as the show that […]

REVIEW: Vela Manusaute in Big Balls (Comedy Festival)

May 8, 2013
A kick in the balls [by Sharu Delilkan] The show started off in the classic Kila Kokonut Krew slapstick style that we are all familiar with. But it was not long before it was obvious that Vela Manusaute was totally on the ball. His latest show at the NZ International Comedy Festival titled Big Balls was a great way to […]

REVIEW: Rainer Hersch’s Victor Borge (Comedy Festival)

May 3, 2013
Victor Victorious [by Sharu Delilkan] It was sad to see the sparse turnout for what proved to be a truly professional show – something that Rainer Hersch picked up on and immediately incorporated wittily into his slick intro. His candour with the audience from the get-go about his inspiration to create a show around Victor Borge – more out of […]

REVIEW: Doctor Brown in Befrdfgth (Comedy Festival)

May 2, 2013
Bizarre and Expected [by Sharu Delilkan] To be honest I had no idea what to expect when I turned up to watch Doctor Brown in Befrdfgth. I chose to review this one merely because the limited write-up, that gave nothing away, insinuated that it would be a show like no other. And that it definitely was. The slick act, that […]