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NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Liv McKenzie

Liv McKenzie: comedian, feminist, dreamer. Always acting first and thinking never, Liv ran from Christchurch to NYC to chase the American dream: and she’s back to tell you about it. We caught up with her ahead of her shows.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Groundbreaking, iconic, anti-inflammatory

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I moved to New York last year, and I feel that I am both “Living the Dream” and also in a stress nightmare that there is no waking up from 🙂

Where will we find you at the festival?
Outside the Queen Street Maccas, fighting seagulls for dropped chips

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Super Like!

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Ray Motherfucking Shipley, James Mustapic, and Mel Bracewell, because her show is on at the same time as mine, so I’m hoping it sells out and people will be forced to come to mine

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Shrek

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Schitt’s Creek because Catherine O’Hara is a revahlaaaaaation. I also just finished rewatching Sex and the City, because it’s the cheapest way to enjoy New York

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Hard Feelings/Loveless by Lorde, Mad by Solange, and the national anthem of white people, Mr Brightside by the Killers

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Masturbate less frantically

Word Association:
Comedy – Coming
New Zealand – Out
Adulting – Of
Basic – My
Trend – Cage
Joke – AND I’VE BEEN DOING JUST FINE

Liv McKenzie performs in her show ‘Living The Dream’ as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Jimmy McGhie

The English poster boy for white male privilege is back again with a brand-new show full of the usual complaints and foolish hopes.

Jimmy McGhie has been doing stand-up for well over a decade, kick-starting his career after reaching the finals of the prestigious ‘BBC New Talent’ competition and at a Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival back in 2005. Since then, he’s worked full time as a stand-up comedian performing on television, radio and across the UK and international comedy circuit. We caught up with Jimmy ahead of his fourth run at the NZ International Comedy Festival.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Hilarious.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. (google it)

Where will we find you at the festival?
Hopefully shitfaced on Waiheke island or recovering at Fed Deli.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I don’t swipe. The NZ comedy scene however is awesome. Everyone is incredibly friendly and encouraging and that cannot be said for some other places!

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
The Big Show will be awesome and also Paul Sinha, hands down one of the best stand ups in the UK.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
‘Hotel California’…or in my case ‘Travelodge Nottingham’.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I have just rewatched Mad Men. Third time through. I really don’t think there will be anything better.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
I do not use Spotify. I buy albums. Currently I am obsessed with Richard Swift and am enjoying something of a Beck renaissance.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Probably lie on a bed, in the dark for 6-8 hours feeling really weird.

World Association:
Comedy – Job, passion, hobby, curse
New Zealand – Green and pleasant land.
Adulting – Existential angst and semi-permanent disappointment.
Basic – Most popular culture.
Trend – Non applicable.
Joke – Weapon

Jimmy McGhie returns to NZ with his show ‘Need(y)’ as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF19 | 5 mins with Ivan Aristeguieta

Ivan Aristeguieta is a Venezuelan-born, Australian-based award-winning comedian who has performed sold-out shows across the world, including opening for Chopper right across Australia, and a sold-out run in his NZ debut for the NZICF 2018. He returns to NZ with his new show, The Fourth Floor.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Damn funny!

What’s the inspiration behind it?
It’s my yearly report on my life. This year I’ll be turning 40, I’m moving to the fourth floor.

Where will we find you at the festival?
Q Theatre, Auckland and Te Auaha – Tapere Nui (Big Theatre) in Wellington.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Right

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
James Roque, Aaron Chen, Becky Lucas

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Happy Gilmore

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Tree with deep roots. A Korean action packed soap opera based on the creation of the Korean Alphabet.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
New York state of mind, 19 Dias y 500 Noches, Pedro Navaja.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Walk I like to walk.

Word Association:
Comedy – the way of enlightenment
New Zealand –  Korean Food
Adulting –  Sciatic Nerve
Basic – caustic soda
Trend –  Kombucha
Joke –  Fart

Ivan Aristeguieta returns to NZ with ‘The Fourth Floor’, performing in Wellington on May 12 and Auckland from May 14-18 as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Tim Batt

Fulfilling a childhood dream, award-winning Kiwi comedian, Tim Batt returns to the NZ International Comedy Festival with Space Couch, a live chat show nobody asked for. Described as exciting, unpredictable and hilarious (or big,  dumb,  fun), Tim and his sidekick, Disasteradio will be joined each night by a slew of surprisingly top-shelf celebrities, live music and guest comedians – think Fallon, but not shit.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Big. Dumb. Fun.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
American late night chat shows (Conan, Letterman, Kimmel) and the shows that mock them (Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, The Eric Andre Show).

Where will we find you at the festival?
Sitting at a children’s desk interviewing very cool celebrities and watching very cool guest comedians in Auckland and Wellington!

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I’m a married man and do not know which swipe is Approve. But it’s just say, I’d **** the **** out of the NZ Comedy Scene on the first date.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
GO SEE NEWER COMEDIANS! It’s way more exciting because you might be at the debut show of a future superstar. Here’s some people you may not know who I think are fantastic: Kura Forrester, Harry Thompson-Cook, Jack Ansett, Ruby Esther, Uther Dean.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Tommy Ill – New Car Money

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I Think You Should Leave, Love, Death and Robots, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Disasteradio – You Win, Herbie Hancock – Gentle Feelings,Sly and The Family Stone – Spaced Cowboy

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I hate sleep. I’d love that extra time to make more things! Podcasts, web shows, live comedy shows, everything. I’D MAKE MORE STUFF!

Word Association:
Comedy – Life
New Zealand – Best
Adulting – Over-rated
Basic – Java
Trend – Woosh
Joke – Knock…

Tim Batt is joined by Disasteradio and can be found hosting “Space Couch” as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Eleanor Tiernan

Can success be gained without a sex tape? Irish Comedian Eleanor Tiernan explores this foolish notion in her show, Success without a Sex Tape. Picked as ‘one to watch in 2019’ you don’t want to miss the much anticipated NZ debut by this fresh Irish Star. We catch up with her before she takes over the Vault at Auckland’s Q Theatre.

Describe your show in three words or less.
Chill The F*** Out (That’s 4 I’m sorry but if that makes people angry pls go back and read the four words).

What’s the inspiration behind it?
This is my own personal attempt to push back against the subtle pressures to perform being successful for other people while not actually knowing what success actually means.

Where will we find you at the festival?
I expect to be on stage while the shows are on. Other than that, I have zero plans. I was hoping people would come find me and take me places. However, I beg you to please use this power I am offering you wisely. I do not wish to end up in what Oprah would call “the second location”. I will not expand on what that is in case of giving inept killers ideas.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Ooooh I’ve not been to NZ before but so I guess I’ll use the Bumble function that lets you put a 24hour pause before you have to reply to the person. That will give me a chance to check the clubs out. However, they’ve asked me over so safe to say I am already positively inclined towards it.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
I’ve recently discovered Australian comic Aaron Chen and I find him so funny. I am really looking forward to seeing him in NZ. Other than that I would recommend Jamali Maddix, Joe Lycett, James Acaster, Becky Lucas but I’m sure you already know about these guys.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
“Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” – U2

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Soz I’m on a Netflix strike until they give me my own special. They are regrettably unaware of my political stance thus far.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
I’m not on Spotify for reasons of wanting to pay for music and am happy to sound virtue signally about it.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I’d like to play more games on my phone. There are so many gold coins I could be collecting that I never get because I’m doing things like admin and interviews before comedy festivals.

Word Association:
Comedy – Sex
New Zealand – Sex
Adulting – Love
Basic – Sex
Trend – Food
Joke – Sex

Eleanor Tiernan performs in her show ‘Success Without A Sextape’ and is on the line-up for the Best Comedy Show On Earth, both as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Alistair Barrie

As one of the top headliners on the international comedy circuit, UK comedian Alistair Barrie has performed in over 40 countries including acclaimed performances in Australia, Cape Town, Mumbai and the legendary Comedy Cellar in New York. We chatted to him ahead of the NZ debut of his five-star-rated show from last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Describe your show in three words or less.
Previously well-reviewed.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
A desperate need to be loved dressed up as concern for the state of the world. Or possibly the other way round.

Where will we find you at the festival?
I’ve never been to NZ before so I have literally no idea. All I’ve heard is ‘The Classic’, which could be a world-renowned comedy club or a spectacular cheeseburger for all I know.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
OK. So this is a Tinder thing, right? Not a clue. I met my wife back in the day when you had to disappoint potential partners through the sheer force of your personality alone.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Paul Sinha is a dear friend whom I first met years ago when we were both starting out in the comedy circuit. Recently, a UK newspaper ran a story on how the white-suited Chaser was trying to widen his skill set to include stand-up comedy. This is funnier than any jokes either of us will make at the Festival. He’s an absolute craftsman. With a terrible tailor.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Let the Right One In. I haven’t seen it but I believe it’s based on my unsuccessful attempts to get on the TV Gala.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that this questionnaire is not entirely aimed at my demographic. I mean, I’m actually reading Game of Thrones*. What a dick.
* I also feel this is slightly disrespectful to my hosts here in Middle Earth.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
You are asking a man who has brought two laptops to NZ cos he couldn’t work out how to transfer his iTunes on to the new one. I only went on Spotify last year to try and listen to The House of Love’s debut without paying for it before I went to see them live, as my cassette player no longer exists. Therefore my top 3 songs are any of the ones on their eponymous 1988 album, from a period known as where all the good music comes from grandad.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Lie awake.

Word Association:
Comedy – The international language of idiocy, although it does appear a lot of the wrong people are fluent.
New Zealand – I’ve always liked the idea there was another place nearby where people turned up with less zeal.
Adulting – A grown up activity in Jamaica.
Basic – an early, patronising computer language.
Trend – Not Classic.
Joke – An Englishman, Irishman and a Scotsman walked into a bar and agree to complete a short survey.

Alistair Barrie makes his NZ debut with his show ‘The Internation-AL’ as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Ian Smith

Returning to New Zealand after a successful debut last year, award-winning comedian, Ian Smith will grace the stage in not one, but three shows this year. Catch him as part of the 5 Star Comedy Preview, Comedy All-Stars and across 11 dates of his critically acclaimed fifth solo show; Craft.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Comedy. And. Origami.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
The senbazuru – the folklore that if you fold one thousand origami cranes you get a wish. The plan is to make some wishes come true live, while also telling some jokes and stories.

Where will we find you at the festival?
The Classic for my shows – and on Sundays, I’ll be heading to Waiheke Island and having so much wine I forget that I can’t swim. I think last time I went to a vineyard (on Waiheke) I was asked if I could praise the cooking a bit quieter because I was too excited.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I don’t know which direction means what, so I don’t know. Diagonal swipe?

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
I think James Acaster is all sold out – but he’s the best, so go and see him if you can! Rhys Nicholson is always brilliant too.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
This is a very hard question. Billy Elliott? I guess that’s about someone from the north of England trying to pursue something artistic. Replace ballet with comedy. Also, I don’t know anyone who worked in the mines.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I watched season 2 of the OA and really liked it – but there’s a (spoiler alert) giant talking octopus in it and it comes out of nowhere really and then gets (spoiler alert) killed, and no one seems to mention it again. I think about that most days now. It didn’t seem like a talking-octopus sort of show. None of the characters seemed to find it weird. A big talking octopus!

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Anger Management Relaxation Tape Vol 1.
Anger Management Relaxation Tape Vol 3.
Anger Management Relaxation Tape Vol. 4.
(I’m really angry that they don’t have Vol 2 on Spotify)

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I’d probably learn to play the drums so that everyone else couldn’t sleep either – then I’d have some company for the long nights. Maybe then we’d set up a band? Ian and the Insomniacs.

Word Association:
Comedy = Yes!
New Zealand = Sauvignon (I love a Marlborough)
Adulting = Ironing
Basic = Bitch (I don’t really know what this means though)
Trend = Skateboarding
Joke = Laughs

Ian Smith performs his show ‘Craft’ as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.