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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?

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

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.

NZICF15 | piecesandbits by Paul Amos

Piecesandbits is by far one of the most random shows I have ever been to, random in a good way that is with pieces and bits of everything. Paul is one man who plays three characters, Paul, Paul & Bruce.. or what ever he feels like calling himself.

Paul is bit nerdy with hair that needs a bit of trimming and thick rimmed glasses in jeans and a t-shirt. You don’t go to piecesandbits to love the comedy but to fall in love with his character. You learn very quickly that he obsesses over Sultana Bran, Pam’s, collects time and uses it like currency. He likes a bit of ranting, brand marketing, singing, poetry and improv acting. And by the end of the evening you would of heard quite a lot of ranting, brand marketing, songs, poems and seen his ‘okay’ acting.

This was another show held at Q Theatre’s Cellar and this time it was much much cooler (temperature wise) to be in. Upon entering the room we were asked to sit near the front, fearing the possibility of being picked on (cause you can never trust a comedian) we sat in third row. But be warned, attending this show doesn’t mean you are safe from being pelted by OXO cubes (2 x chicken stock, 1 x beef stock to be exact), I caught one and was nearly pelted by two others so bring some eye protection. Apparently Paul is “very, very, very, very, very, very okay” at doing comedy, well that was what it says on www.comedyfestival.co.nz. I agree and disagree with that, first of all yes it is very okay comedy as you don’t go rolling around with laughter, but he exceeds ‘okay’ by keeping us amused throughout his performance. His awkward stage persona is loveable, and his nutty actions and quirky behaviour kept me grinning. Paul has a unique way of making a somewhat rehearsed performance appear as it was all improvised, or was it? If you’re the type who is open, quirky, creative, loves a bit of randomness and this show is for you. It is worth heading along just to hear his random songs, you will be standing by the end of the show singing and rocking along to his tunes.

Piecesandbits is an Auckland only show and is on till Saturday (9 May) in the Cellar at Q Theatre. Don’t miss out book your tickets online here at Q Theatre’s Sessions Page. Click on NZ Comedy Festival’s website here to view Paul Amos’ listing or scroll down to view show details:


WHEN:  7:15 pm Thursday (7th May) – 7:15 pm Saturday (9th May)

WHERE: Cellar, Q Theatre 305 Queen Street, CBD AUCKLAND



Adults   – $18.00

Concession   – $15.00

Group 6+   – $15.00


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