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NZICF 18 | 5 mins with El Jaguar

Originally from the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico, luchador wrestler turned comic, El Jaguar is returning to New Zealand with a brand new show, Telenovela. Be prepared to weep on command, get caught up in a love triangle, grow a thin moustache, and fall in love with all the characters and their cheesy accents.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Melodrama! Margaritas! Mexicans!

What’s the inspiration behind it?
The desire to write, direct, and star in my own Mexican soap opera.

Where will we find you during the festival?
If not in a death battle with Giapo the gelato king, then probably flyering my show on Queen Street.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
El Jaguar swipes both ways.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Is Foster Brooks coming?

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
If ‘Shape of Water’ had Dwayne Johnson playing all the characters.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Season 5 of M*A*S*H.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
“Weird” Al’s Hamilton Polka,Xanadu” by ONJ, and the Coco Soundtrack.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Probably sleep. Or frozen Cokes.

World Association:
Comedy- piñatas
New Zealand – laser kiwi
Woke – snooze button
Adulting – food porn
Basic – as
Trend – Minature Schnauzer crossed with a Malteaser.
Joke – see above.

El Jaguar plays 16 – 19 May at Auckland’s The Classic as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo. Buy your tickets now.

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Donna Brookbanks

The key to happiness is accepting you’re becoming…. a cat lady?

After being a finalist of one of the biggest accolades in NZ comedy last year, Donna Brookbanks’ is back with her new show ‘You Do You Babes.’ The physical, and character playing comic will be taking her signature awkward charm to new heights and sharing her stories of navigating through anxious social spheres and her quest to be happy. The unique show promises to be organised chaos of stand-up, sketch and improv…….that’s if she finishes writing it!

Describe your show in three words or less..
Silly character-y fun

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I’ve been having nightmares where I’m not ready for my show, I’m late or I’ve forgotten my words, or a stage manager comes up to me and says, ‘you’re on in 10 minutes, Donna’ and I freak out because I haven’t written it so that’s become a bit of a theme through the show. Also I’m trying to live my best life at the moment so it’s also about that.

Where will we find you during the festival?
Probably at the bar at The Basement, Q or Classic in between trying to get around all my friends shows.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
100% swipe right. All such babes.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Really looking forward to seeing Phil Wang, always love Tessa Waters, all my Snort pals shows, David O’Doherty, Fricken Dangerous Bro…arghhhhhh toooo maaaany

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
The song All By Myself. Okay no that’s so sad, I’m kidding. Actually maybe Eagle Vs Shark or something equally as awkward to watch.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Going between Line of Duty and The IT Crowd. 2 very opposite ends of the spectrum…!

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
‘Juicy’ The Notorious B.I.G., ‘Dance Yourself Clean’ MS MR and ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ Robyn

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Omg watch so much Netflix. And read a book. I forget how much I like to read.

World Association:
Comedy – Mates
New Zealand – Home
Woke – Up?
Adulting – No thanks
Basic – Bitches
Trend – Setter (defo not me)
Joke – Knock knock?

Donna Brookbanks performs 8 – 12 May at Wellington’s BATS Theatre and 15 – 19 May at Auckland’s Basement Theatre, as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo.  Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Sarah Callaghan

Award-winning British comedian, Sarah Callaghan is making her way to New Zealand for the first time this NZ International Comedy Festival. A true powerhouse in comedy and poetry, her show promises an hour filled with laughs about gangs, fitting right in and feeling left out.

Describe your show in three words or less..
Very fucking good.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
The world is fucked, and people are becoming more and more segregated and I’m just calling out the bullshit whilst reflecting on my own passions and life. I’m trying to do something different this year as well as it being a very funny and heartfelt show.

Where will we find you during the festival?
Eating or sleeping.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I have never been but heard it’s pretty sexy so I’d give it a ‘super like’. #cometomyfuckingshow

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
I like Rhys Nicholson’s stuff. He makes me laugh a lot! But he’s doing pretty well at the moment so just come to my show instead. My show is my top pick.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
The opening scene of Saving Private Ryan.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Ricky Gervais’ show Humanity. I saw it live at The Hammersmith Apollo in London too – it was incredible.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Kendrick Lamar – DNA
Chvrches – Get Out
Drake – God’s Plan

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would love to say ‘gig more’ or ‘write a new project’ but realistically I would just procrastinate for longer.

World Association:
Comedy – tragedy
New Zealand – mountains
Woke – illuminati
Adulting – depression
Basic – bitch
Trend – dab
Joke – lame

Sarah Callaghan plays Wellington’s The Fringe Bar 1 – 5 May, and Auckland’s Q Theatre 9 – 12 May as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo.  Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with James Smith

James Smith is an accomplished comedian; born in Australia and now living in New York, he boasts a jaw-dropping CV. Aside from appearing on Comedy Central, ABC, Conan on TBS and Flight of the Conchords, James has shared the stage with comedy greats like Jerry Seinfeld and Louis CK. He was even chosen as the special guest on Chris Rock’s Australasian Tour in 2017. The accomplishments go on – he has written joes for Rob Lowe and Justin Bieber’s comedy roast and has even featured in Time magazine for his political outlook during Obama’s administration.

James will be in New Zealand for one night only with his new show, Pleasure Enthusiast. We had the pleasure of his company for a good five minutes.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Hilarious & thought provoking.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I think life is unnecessary difficult and that it should only include pleasure.

Where will we find you during the festival?
Restaurants

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

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
I haven’t seen the program yet.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
New York State of Mind – Billy Joel.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Atlanta but it’s not on Netflix.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Lemon by N.E.R.D | Sexual by Neiked | Stay by Zedd

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

World Association:
Comedy – love
New Zealand – great
Woke – important
Adulting – boring
Basic – awful
Trend – limited
Joke – quality

James Smith plays Sat 05 May at Auckland’s Sky City Theatre as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo.  Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Fern Brady

After selling out shows at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Scottish comedian, Fern Brady is making her NZ debut with her whip-smart, bold, brash, and sometimes brutal show, Suffer Fools. Expect passionate honesty intertwined with views on politics and personal relationships. As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats (in case you’ve never heard of it, that’s a big deal!).

Describe your show in three words or less…
Honest, blunt, dark

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I was wishing I was thinner then I realised the two times in my life when I’ve been proper skinny were the two unhappiest times of my life where I was nuts, so I wrote a show about it. I’m not really selling it, but I swear it’s funny and it’s the first show I’ve done where a lot of women came to see me, before that I was almost exclusively getting a lot of bearded gamer guys (you’re all still welcome, by the way).

Where will we find you during the festival?
In a basement, apparently.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I know this is about a dating app but I’ve been going out with someone so long I haven’t used the apps, I’ve only ever met people the olden days way of getting drunk and lunging at them.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
I want to see Rose Matafeo

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
The film Fish Tank except I haven’t pumped Michael Fassbender.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I didn’t think I’d like a wrestling show, but I loved Glow and Marc Maron is shockingly good in it.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Sticky – Ravyn Lenae, Strangers – Sigrid, Ready for the Magic – Honeyblood

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Read celebrity blind items on the internet or really dark Reddit threads about people’s worst secrets.

World Association:
Comedy – Tragedy
New Zealand – coffee
Woke – Dunno
Adulting – I hate this word so much
Basic – Australians
Trend – Me
Joke – Yes

Fern Brady plays 27 & 28 Apr at Auckland’s Basement Theatre as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo. Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Alexis Dubus

A man, a poet, a lyricist, and a comical genius, Alexis Dubus’ returns to Auckland for his latest show, ‘Alexis Dubus versus the World’. A mix of iffy wordplay, stand-up, verse, and first rate bullshit, this show has been shortlisted for the Best Comedy Award 2018. We caught up with Alexis in between vocal training and episodes of Transparent on Netflix.

Describe your show in three words or less..
Jokes, poems, yes

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I thought I’d take a break from making shows with a narrative arc, purpose or point. I watched John Hegley doing an hour of absolute joy and nonsense at a UK festival and realised why I got into comedy in the first place.

Where will we find you during the festival?
April 27th & 28th – Vault at Q Theatre, Auckland (7pm)
May 8th – 12th – The Fringe Bar, Wellington (8.30pm)

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Oh, I think the NZ Comedy Scene deserves a classier reception than that. I’d take it out, get to know it, and form an opinion of it based on its overall personality, attitude and manners.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Andy Zaltzman has one of the finest minds on the circuit, haloed by one of the finest hairstyles, I’m very excited to see what The Fan Brigade have composed this year and if you think I’m missing Jesse Griffin’s Late Night Jazz Scat you’ve got another thing coming.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Do Your Best And Don’t Worry – Morrissey

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I’m a bit late to it, but Transparent is ridiculously watchable, often through the fingers.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Current favourites are:
Bad Losers On Yahoo! Chess by Half Man Half Biscuit
Two Pints Of Rasa by Sultans Of Ping FC
Wizard Bounce by Ed Harcourt

When I’m away from home for a long time, I need the occasional bout of British silliness in my ears.

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

World Association:
Comedy – Dromedary
New Zealand – Zoo Kneeling
Woke – Croak
Adulting – Bad culting
Basic – Facelick
Trend – Scrend
Joke – Floke

Alexis Dubus plays 27 & 28 at Auckland’s Q Theatre and 8 – 12 May at Wellington’s The Fringe Bar as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo. Buy your tickets here.

 

 

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Alex Williamson

After selling out shows in Sydney, Australian comedian, Alex Williamson brings his unique brand of comedy to this year’s festival. A twisted outlook that will question your faith in humanity before resorting it ever so slightly; “So Wrong, it’s Wrong” promises something for everyone…. unless you’re an 85 year old church goer. We caught up with Alex before he heads our way.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Twisted, yet inspiring.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I’ve definitely drawn upon a lot of my own life experiences. There’s a lot of truth to this show, and less made up stories, because you don’t forget the truth – which helps when you’re a stoned guy on stage.

Where will we find you during the festival?
I’ll just be in Auckland at Rangatira Q Theatre (I really want to hit Wellington, Christchurch & various other places later in the year). You’ll probably see me up K Road with a bag full of drug paraphernalia.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I can’t remember which is the “I wanna date you” swipe direction (I haven’t had Tinder in a while). But whatever that direction is, I’d swipe!

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Go check out Aunty Donna’s live stage insanity extravaganza.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
The Disaster Artist. Probably how every Youtuber feels.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Documentary series on Prohibition in the States. Probably one of the worst atrocities in history.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
1) John Farnham- You’re the Voice.
2) John Farnham- You’re the Voice.
3) John Farnham- You’re the Voice.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Study sleep patterns of sleeping people and wonder to myself why these idiots have to do it.

World Association:
Comedy – Abduction
New Zealand – Steep
Woke – Up
Adulting – Adultery
Basic – Me
Trend – Bullshit
Joke – Blank

Alex Williamson plays 27 & 28 April at Auckland’s Q Theatre as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo. Buy your tickets here.