NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Aiken Hutcheson

Wellington native, and NZ’s third funniest tall white comedian, Aiken Hutcheson is back with his latest show, Tallflower.  Audiences can expect an awkward, complicated, and comical show that mixes storytelling, offbeat conversations, and punchy one-liners. Aiken is no stranger to the NZ Comedy Festival, having sold out performances as one half of Unaccompanied Adults in 2017. We caught up with Aiken ahead of this year’s festival.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Boisterous lanky strangeness

What’s the inspiration behind it?
It’s mostly based around being incredibly tall, but not really standing out socially, a bit of the irony around that, the odd mention of our tall poppy syndrome problem, and a fun butt-tonne of tangents.

Where will we find you during the festival?
When I’m not on stage in the Cellar at Q Theatre at 7:15pm April 27th and 28th (plug plug), either side of the bar at The Classic (I work there as a bartender and light and sound tech), or up in the tech booth laughing obnoxiously loud.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Right. New Zealand’s comedy scene is the sexiest minx around, full of young eager talent and experienced CILFs. Comedians I’d Like to…… friendship….. yeah.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Definitely the two other young comics doing their first solo shows on the same nights as me in the same venue, Bridget Davies and Inosi Colavanua. We’re going to set up a promo code for tickets to all three shows, so look out for that.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Externally, probably the Perks of being a Wallflower. Internally, a bit more Ace Ventura Pet Detective. Confused? Me too. Constantly.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Archer and Brooklyn Nine Nine. On an infinite loop.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Make or Break by Bugzy Malone, The Lying Eyes of Miss Erray by I the Mighty, and King for a Day by Pierce the Veil. Again, no consistency. I’m cheerful as anything, but my music taste tends to imply I should be calling some kind of hotline.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Same as usual: procrastinate while internally beating myself up for not writing comedy. Either that, or finding a way to turn Mt Eden into a huuuuuuuuuge dog sanctuary.

World Association:
Comedy – gorgeous torture
New Zealand – comfortable
Woke – pretentious
Adulting – over-rated
Basic – my Instagram feed (its all puppers and doggos)
Trend – preferably upwards. See: my comedy career
Joke – my love life

Aiken Hutcheson performs 27 & 28 April at Q Theatre, as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo.  Buy your tickets here.