Tag Archives: Auckland

NZICF 19 | Brendon Green: Of Consequence

Packed into the Basement Theatre Brendon Green welcomes guests whilst strumming on his guitar! With a retro amp and a Hogwarts sign, let’s see what this guy is all about.

A mix of traditional stand up, interlaced with quirky songs, his skilful storytelling is where he really shines, following a well trodden path of wordplay and anecdotes; there were a few big laughs and plenty of chuckles as he weaved in his recent engagement as the thread throughout the show and his final song forming an hilarious finale. Yet despite this the show just seemed lacking somehow and left me wondering if I wanted to give him a brotherly hug or take him out for a beer!
Perhaps not his best show, but suffice to say (stealing his own line!), ‘He left the room in an ok condition!’

3/5 stars

NZICF19 | 5 mins with Alan McElroy

After selling out shows in previous years, Auckland-based Irish Comedian, Alan McElroy is bringing a brand new hour of comedy to this year’s NZ International Comedy Festival. Alan McElroy is S#it at Twitter is Alan’s realisation that as a story-telling comedian, Twitter’s 280 character tweets are hindering his attempts to spin a good yarn… Don’t miss your chance to see this multiple-award winning comedian, actor, MC, Quizhead and Writer at this year’s festival.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Funny, no refunds

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I am terrible on Twitter but decent on other social media apps & that confuses me so I made a show about it and show my hilarious tweets and the stories behind them and while debuting the show in Adelaide, I developed an actual structure and a message that actual proper award winning shows have…but still funny.

Where will we find you at the festival?
At The Classic Comedy Club every night possibly, not always on stage, sometimes at the bar

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Always swipe right on your friends…even if they’re mingers

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Other than mine?! I like Paul Douglas & Donna Brookbanks

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
I Touch Myself by the Divinyls

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
These bloody crazy documentaries like Abducted in Plain Sight… or any Anthony Bourdain…

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
I Touch Myself of course, All By Myself & Prejudice by Tim Minchin

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Nap! Or write, I run a load of comedy quizzes around Auckland called Crack Up Quiz & I always need to write new, weird stuff but tend to fall asleep while doing it so IF I DIDN’T fall asleep…I suppose, I’d work more…which is why I prefer sleep

Word Association:
Comedy – Funny
New Zealand – Home
Adulting – Bloody Bills
Basic – Toast
Trend – I’m never on it
Joke – I once sold ice to an Eskimo!! It was easy.. he was a meth addict

Alan McElroy performs his solo show ‘Alan McElroy is S#it At Twitter’ and hosts ‘The Crack Up Late Show’ as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 19 | Our top picks for the NZ International Comedy Fest 2019

The NZ International Comedy Festival is back from Thursday 2 – Sunday 26 May in both Auckland and Wellington. As always, the festival promises a line-up of both local and international comedy superstars. Not sure who to see? We’ve put together our list of top picks (in alphabetical order) for you to have a look at.

For more information, tickets, and a bunch of other things check out the Comedy Festival website.

Alistair Barrie – The Internation-al

Every year The Classic turns up yet another brilliant star of the UK Pro-comedy circuit that you haven’t heard of yet. This year, Alistair Barrie makes his NZ debut with his acclaimed five-star rated show from last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. The Internation-AL is an ambitious attempt to solve all the world’s problems in 60 minutes through the medium of comedy.

The Big Show 2019

Five world-class comedians in one big two-hour show featuring a ‘Best of British & Irish’ line up with;

Alistair Barrie (UK) “A no-frills master of his craft.” ★★★★★ – The Scotsman, UK

Eleanor Tiernan (Ire) “The fastest-rising comedy talent in the country” – Irish Times, UK

Tom Houghton, (UK) “The long-awaited male answer to Bridget Jones made flesh” – The Daily Telegraph, UK

Brennan Reece (UK) “A powerfully entertaining, unstoppable force” – Chortle, UK

Chris Henry (Scot) “A one-man hurricane of humour” – Broadway Baby, UK

Brendon Green – Of Consequence

What are the moments that define a life? How will you be remembered in the future? What really happened in that Thai cave?

Acclaimed comedian and storyteller Brendon Green is tackling the big questions – with hilarious results. If you’ve ever wondered about your place in the world, this is the show for you. If you never have… congrats, that must be nice.

Chris Henry – Around the World in 80 Dates

Scottish ‘Comedian of the Year’ finalist, Chris Henry is on a whirlwind global giggle-fest as he attempts to find ‘The One’. This sell-out show from the 2018 Edinburgh Festival tracks his hilarious and poignant tale of being a bachelor at 40 and how he is taking on the challenge of touring around the world in search of the ideal life partner to settle down with. It is a hysterical account of putting yourself out there on, quite literally, a global scale.

Daniel Sloss – X

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning Scottish stand-up star, Daniel Sloss returns to New Zealand with his new show, X. Brilliantly dark with razor-sharp wit and the ability to deftly spin a narrative, Sloss is a comedian who is “dirty, sweet and clever” (New York Times, USA).

X is his 10th solo show and if you’ve not seen him live before, it’s time to find out why he is fast becoming one of the world’s biggest names in comedy!

Ed Byrne – Spoiler Alert

No international comedian has headlined more NZ Comedy Festivals than irishman Ed Byrne, and he is back in 2019 with a brand new show – Spoiler Alert. In the show, Ed explores the thin line between righteous complaining and brat-like whining and asks, ‘are we right to be fed up, or are we spoiled?’

Eleanor Tiernan – Success Without a Sex Tape

Is Eleanor Tiernan a foolish woman to believe she can succeed without a sex tape? There are so many excellent reasons to give in. Seeing the way others are rewarded for releasing footage of their sex lives makes it more and more difficult. Personal dignity may be turning out to be the most expensive accessory of them all. All will be revealed, or will it?

Frickin Dangerous Bro – Legacy

After becoming finalists, but failing to secure the coveted Fred Award at the 2018 NZ International Comedy Festival, Frickin Dangerous Bro hit rock bottom.

In one year everything fell apart and it seemed like NZ’s all-time greatest sketch group was no more. Until they heard that the NZ International Comedy Festival was happening again in 2019.

Now, the boys have jumped back on the gruelling path to redemption in order to cement their ‘Legacy’. Come witness their return to glory.

Fred Award Losers, 2018

Guy Williams – Full Head of Steam

Guy Williams is back! Some of you might not have even noticed that he was gone, or even realised that he was here in the first place, that doesn’t matter… he’s back!

The star of the critically acclaimed “New Zealand Today” web series and TV show takes a short break from his busy schedule of arguing with people on the internet to make his self-described “triumphant” return to Auckland, the place where he has been all along.

James Roque – Boy Mestizo

James Roque has always thought his hang-ups about being brown were born when he landed on kiwi soil all those years ago. Now he realizes he accidentally checked in some baggage. Join him as he unpacks it all – who knows what will come out.

A brand new hour of “too real” laughs from the Filipino step-son of New Zealand comedy.

Jimmy Mcghie – Need(y)

Oh we love our Jimmy. The English poster boy for white male privilege is back, for a fourth sell-out year, with a brand-new show full of the usual complaints and foolish hopes. An analogue man in a digital world, marooned as a bachelor amongst a sea of marriages and kids, Jimmy continues to steer clear of anything too serious in life and not step on any millennial language landmines.

Joe Lycett – I’m about to Lose Control and I think Joy Lycett

Pop in and see Joe Lycett when he visits Auckland, where he’ll be sharing jokes, paintings and some of the pathetic internet trolling he’s been up to recently. As seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QI, Live at the Apollo and The Royal Variety Performance.

Paul Sinha – The Best of Paul Sinha

The Comedy Fest welcomes the comedian with all the answers, for the first time in NZ. As seen on TVNZ’s The Chase, the ‘Sinnerman’ turned his back on a family medical dynasty 20 years ago after being nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award. He is now a champion of both the pro-comedy circuit as well as one of the UK’s finest quiz-masters.

 

The NZ International Comedy Festival takes place 2 – 26 May. Get your tickets for all shows here.

 

SFS | 5 mins with DJ Corysco

Brazilian native, DJ Coyrsco’s selections have been described as deeply funky and never cheesy. The globetrotting DJ has honed his skills all over the world; starting first in Los Angeles where his passion for skateboarding came along with the curiosity of the soundtracks. After a brief stint at home in Rio, he moved to Paris before further adding to his musical repertoire and touring Europe where he became a familiar name across clubs in Copenhagen, Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Madrid, Firenze, Roma, Brussels and other cities. His desire to explore the world eventually lead him to New Zealand where you can still find him spinning his favourite selections around Auckland. Come February, you can experience him live at SPLORE.

Describe your perfect summer music festival in three words…
Camping, Rain & Mud Swimming

Name the top three artists who would make up your ideal festival line-up:
Hendrix, Fela Kuti, Beastie Boys

What are you looking forward to most about playing the summer festival circuit?
It’s my first ever here in New Zealand, so everything will be new.

In your humble opinion, what’s this year’s Summer Anthem?
Dj Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince – “Summertime” (Always!)

Out of all your tunes, which one is the one that ‘never fails’?
Haddaway – “What is Love”

What’s are the top 3 tracks on your Spotify playlist?
I still have never used Spotify.

What’s your personal ‘guilty pleasure’ track?
Arrested Development – Everyday People

What’s your social media of choice?
Orkut. (Popular only in Brasil)

Who do you follow and where?
I only follow two people on Instagram; my mom and my brother.

What’s your go-to festival outfit?
Same that Roger Daltrey wore at Woodstock

Word association:
Music – Bless
Festival – Union
Camping – Never did it.
Fashion – Skateboarding rules it.

Follow DJ Corysco on Instagram | Facebook | YouTube

Situated in a beguiling bay on the shores of Tapapakanga Regional Park, Splore is an annual, boutique and arts festival like no other. Described as New Zealand’s greatest dress up party, this three-day entertainment extravaganza promises a good time, good vibes, and hot showers! Better yet, this magical music festival is just a short drive from Auckland city.

Splore 2019 takes place 21-24 February. Buy your tickets here.

 

been | The launch & pop up of Invis-Able

We meet one of New Zealand’s most unique fashion labels to launch this year… Introducing, Invis-Able, a label dedicated to making high quality, ‘topsy-turvy’ unisex garments full of fine details and hidden features.

Creator and designer, Marc Jun plays a game of ‘hide-and-seek’ with wearers, whilst creating a versatile garment.  Find hidden pockets and zips or buttons that connect to nowhere, removable sleeves, sweaters disguised as jackets, and trench coats that are reversible.  This is like the Winchester Mystery House… of fashion.

I had the pleasure of meeting Marc at his Auckland pop-up located in Ponsonby Central.

Q: Where did Invis-Able come from?

A: I wanted to create a New Zealand based clothing label that re-imagine and creates wearable unisex garments. My aim is to design with unique details to enhance the options and versatility of your wardrobe. My work is deeply inspired by invisible things in life such as one’s thoughts, feelings, words and experience; these are the things that define who we are, and we are all different. Invis-Able is an expression of the invisible, to make it or us Able to be seen, that’s where the name comes from.

Q: What is your current collection about?

A: ’What Fakes Me Happy’ started when I asked myself “What makes me happy?” And I quickly found that ‘things’ that often entertain us and make us happy are short term. Material items or meaningless relationships are satisfying at first but are costly to maintain, the initial happiness will wear away. Instant gratification for long term happiness is fake and unrealistic. I express this in the details and functionality of my garments and challenge the wearer’s “ideal reality”. Just like a playful game of ‘hide and seek’ – you will find all the unexpected features and hidden details. Invis-Able Fakes You Happy!

Q: Describe your aesthetics/style in a few words…

A:  Clean cut, refined, stand out multi-functional unisex wear.

Q: What is your colour palette?

A: Monotone – Black, greys and currently dark green.

Q: Who’s been your most influential designer?

A: Kris Van Assche

Q: What is the ‘must have’ out of your collection?

A: The reversible trench coat

Q: Describe the type of person who’d wear your clothing…

A: Young, 20’s to 30’s working professionals. People whom often transitions from work to going out and seeks trendy and versatile wear, suitable for day and night, serious or play.

Q: Name three celebrities you’d like to see wearing your brand…

A: G-Dragon (Big Bag), Kris Van Assche & ASAP Rocky

Q: Where do you imagine Invis-Able in 10 years?

A: I would love to see my brand everywhere in the world, a global brand.

Head along to Invis-Able’s pop up store to meet Marc and nab yourself 20% Off everything. Be quick, it ends this Sunday! Located opposite Bird On A Wire inside Ponsonby Central. Open from 9am till 6pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

|           www.invis-able.com           |           Invis-Able on Instagram           |

 

been | World Press Photo Exhibition 2018

The World Press Photo Exhibition is currently showing in Auckland’s CBD, and travelling curator Yi Wen Hsia has accompanied this very special collection of photography. The exhibit has a running theme encapsulating current political, social and socio-economic commentary, and is quite fearless in it’s mission. Simultaneously it feels like a very intimate collection, and all the works communicate together in unity and harmony, intensifying the effect.
A large portion of the work on display touches on some very real, confronting subject matter. Simultaneously, you’ll find yourself walking through the exhibit in awe, much of it captivating and beautiful in it’s simplicity.
I’d highly recommend taking up the opportunity to see this exhibition in person while it’s still here in Auckland – it’s a worthwhile event, which will likely leave the viewer a changed person.
Smith & Caughey’s Building
Level 6, 253-261 Queen Street
Auckland
 30 June – 29 July 2018
 $15 Weekdays/ $20 Weekends; $10 students with valid ID
Hours:
Mon – Wed     9.30am – 6.30pm
Thur – Fri        9.30am – 9.00pm
Sat                    10.00am – 6.00pm
Sun                   10.30am – 5.30pm
Rotary Club of Auckland are proudly bringing this fantastic exhibition to Auckland. All profits
going towards their supported charities. 

interviewed | Bringing the gift of laughter, joy, and Bon Qui Qui to New Zealand…

Eleven years ago, the world was given a gift… that gift was Bon Qui Qui, a disgruntled fast food employee with no filter. It’s a gift that keeps on giving for Anjelah Johnson, the American actress, comedian, and former NFL cheerleader who created and brought the character to life.

Bon Qui Qui has since been enjoyed and replicated by over 80 million people worldwide and she has a hit album on Warner Bros. Records titled, Gold Plated Dreams, which Anjelah has toured twice, selling out both times.

“Everyone wants to hear from Bon Qui Qui and you know what, I’m honoured because not every comic gets that. Not every comic has something that’s resonated with so many people who will come to your show because they want to hear that, because they saw it online or whatever.

“I present the joke as a thank you gift at the end of my live shows; I’m done with the joke but the people aren’t and that’s what matters.”

Johnson describes herself as an observational storyteller who connects with her audience relationally.

“I like to tell stories about things that have happened in my life and in my relationships, and I like to connect with my crowd and relate to them – I think the best way to do that is relationally. We’re all going to have different opinions on things, however, most of us have relationships in our life. We all do. Whether it’s relationships with our parents, with our spouse, our boyfriend/girlfriend, with our co-workers, whoever – you definitely have relationships. I love to connect with people and relate to them on something we can all identify with and that’s typically relationships. I’m observational about what I see in society and then talk about it relationally.”

Generally, that doesn’t mean a lot of improv during her live shows.

“I know a lot of comedians that do crowd work, where most of their act is from the crowd in the moment. I definitely have my stories that I tell about my life and there’ll be some moments where I’ll connect with the audience and be like, I do this, does anybody else?

“I like to remind the crowd that this is a conversation I’m having with them; we’re all in this together.”

Sometimes though, things don’t always go to plan. Every comedian has a day or a show where the audience just isn’t buying what they’re selling.

“I feel like that doesn’t go away. As successful as you get, I still hear stories from my friends that some shows are so fire and other shows, the energy is just kind of low and there isn’t really a rhyme or reason for it.

“Everybody in your audience is different and they’ve all had a different day – one may have just been fired, another found out their sick, or somebody just broke up with their boyfriend. Whatever it is, you have no idea what each individual is going through and I’m a firm believer in energy and vibe in the room.

“I feel like people with strong energy can dictate the room. If you have somebody coming in with mounds of joy and excitement and they’re just happy, that will shift a room. But then, you’ll get some people with dark energy; they’re having a bad day and that will shift the room too.

“You can do your material and you can do your crowd work, but if they’re just having a bad day, they’re having a bad day, and you do your best to bring joy to them. It might not be the level 10 laugh, it may be the level 7 because that’s all they’re capable of giving you that day.”

Anjelah has to be doing something right; she’s appeared in huge commercial campaigns for the likes as Visa and Snickers, has guest-starred on TV shows The Shield, Ugly Betty and Curb Your Enthusiasm and her film credits include Our Family Wedding, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Enough Said, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, and Mom’s Night Out.

During her first visit to Australia, she sold out her 2014 Melbourne International Festival season and she regularly sells out comedy shows across the US. And if that’s not enough, she has so far released four hugely successful one-hour comedy specials on Netflix and Hulu.

With such an impressive CV and busy schedule, what gets her out of bed in the morning?

“Different things to be honest – it depends on what I have going on in my life and where I’m at. If I have a lot on my mind, the pressure wakes me up in the morning. In the calmer season, when there aren’t a lot of deadlines, I feel like what wakes me up in the morning is hope for the day.

“I prefer sunrises to sunsets because to me, a sunset, although beautiful, signifies the end and it’s the end of the day, it’s time for rest… but the sunrise, it’s so hopeful. It’s like, you have the whole day to go for your dreams; you have the whole day to achieve something you never thought you’d achieve; you have the whole day to take a risk and go for it.

“That’s what gets me up in the morning – I’m like, wow, I have the whole day to try and do something amazing with my life and that’s what fuels me….. As long as I’m not super stressed out!”

And on that note, here’s what she has to say to her fans in New Zealand:

“I am very excited to come down and meet you and perform for you. I can’t wait to bring this gift of laughter and joy and I hope that this joy just marinates in your home and infiltrates the land. Not to say you don’t already have it, it will be extra joy on top of what you already have. I hope I am able to come and just leave this gift of laughter and joy with you.

“Also, I’m starting out my tour in New Zealand and it’s downhill from there because I’m going back to Australia! So please, come out and share the laughter with me in August.”

 

In 2013, Anjelah reprised her role as her MADtv character Bon Qui Qui for a skit released by Alexander Wang:

Don’t miss your chance to see Anjelah Johnson performing Anjelah Johnson Live for one night only at Auckland’s SkyCity Theatre on Sunday 12 August. Buy your tickets here.