NZICF 19 | Tim Batt & Disasteradio: Space Couch

New Zealand’s own Tim Batt teams up with Lower Hutt’s finest musical talent (Luke Rowell) to present ‘Space Couch’  – a live comedy chat show that encompasses all things topical; from politics to pilates.

This off-the-wall 55 minute (or beyond) show is like a zip-liner for your attention, shooting at you straight from our endeared home of theatre – The Basement.

Tackling everything from the interminable life of ‘The Simpsons’, previous employment revelations, proletarian veganism and facts you didn’t ‘know’ you needed to know ….  tangent lines being as divergent as Snow White to The Beatles

Hot on the heels of a downfall most public, that of prolific chat-show host, Jeremy Kyle – this show could not have been any more well-timed, albeit with a refreshing twist!  Tim Batt is as engaging and animated as ever, with his informative delivery, great rapport and energetic chemistry with partner-in-crime, Disasteradio.

A few local heroes/celebrity guests made an appearance on the infamous couch; comedian Hamish Parkinson and his mum Lynette (endearingly referred to as Nonny), our national treasure Claire Chitham (Shortland Street/Fresh Eggs) and although they were charming and loveable,  I did wonder how a non-local would embrace such specific personalities and fodder, as I personally felt that the conversation veered off on in a direction, that at times seemed somewhat clique’ and specific to those only close to the guests themselves …

But trivial things aside, it was a warm and light-hearted night out, and I appreciated the off-beat banter and quirkiness of the show’s format.  Disasteradio was great with his unscripted probing, amiable swordplay with Tim and of course, his computer genius.  I especially related and was most bemused by the duo’s most charmingly underwhelming homage to J-Ville …

Space Couch is full of comical quips, random snippets from fellow comedians & family and not-to-be-forgotten, most important reflections from Space Couch himself, and though entertaining, had the vibe presented from the beginning followed through to the end, my attentions may have been entangled just that little bit more.

‘Space Couch’ is part of the NZ International Comedy Festival and is currently showing:  Wednes 15 – Sat 18 May @Basement Theatre.

Don’t miss out!  3 stars ***