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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.

NZICF 17 | Aiken Hutcheson & Graeme Clarke – Unaccompanied Adults

I’m a little ashamed to admit, that as a fully grown 30 year old woman living in Auckland, this was my very first time attending a show at the NZ International Comedy Festival. That’s right, I was about to get my NZICF cherry popped – And Like many ‘firsts’ I was hoping for a good experience, one I could look back on with a smile, and lucky for me Aiken Hutcheson and Graeme Clarke definitely had the goods to show this first-timer a great night.   

First up to face the crowd is Aiken Hutcheson, the self described love-child of Stephan Fry and a packet of spaghetti. Hilariously, Aiken enters the stage using his most obvious physical asset – his height- to his advantage and gets the crowd going simply by adjusting the mic to accommodate his lengthy frame. Aiken delivered a laugh-out-loud glimpse into his world of an awkward 20-something  6’7 ft tall guy who works in Advertising. Surprisingly, it was Aiken’s first time in front of a crowd performing but he didn’t let his inexperience show, he got in there with full gusto and nailed each punch line. Aiken with his comical tall tales is definitely one to watch.

Next up, Graeme Clarke struts his stuff onto the stage to Tina Turner’s Private Dancer, prompting me to get into wet-myself- laughing mode. Originally from Canada, Graeme offers up his experiences of living in Ponsonby and the on-going assumption that he’s from the United States because of his accent. He indulges the audience with his American impersonation and his on point southern twang sets me into fits of chuckles. Graeme’s creative take on his ‘singing subconscious’ was next level, and I was humming the tune to The Beatle’s ‘Yesterday’ for the rest of the night. Graeme has a way with the audience with an expressive and bold presence on stage, even with his constant chest rubbing, whether intentional or not, was hilarious and I couldn’t have asked for a better act to close the show with.

So thanks Aiken and Graeme, your Unaccompanied Adults show had me rolling my head back in laughter. You guys were my first experience with the NZ International Comedy Festival, but definitely not my last, I’ll be back to enjoy more of the NZICF, it’s definitely had the Pringle effect on me.

**** (4 stars)