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NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Lauren Pattison

One of UK’s fastest rising stars, Lauren Pattison, is bringing her acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show, Lady Muck, to New Zealand. Lady Muck explores how to embrace your flaws and learn to love the skin you’re in. A fresh and fierce female voice; it’s an hour of empower! We caught up with Lauren ahead of her international tour.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Brutally honest + fiesty

What’s the inspiration behind it?
It was inspired by a break up but most importantly it was spurred on by the realisation that I rely on others to feel good about myself when I need that ability myself.

Where will we find you during the festival?
At the bar. But more specifically, if you want to find my comedy I’ll be at The Classic with my solo. I’ll also be appearing on The Big Show and Comedy All Stars so keep an eye out!

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Swipe right! It’s all new to me so I feel like I’ve got lots of exploring to do

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Phil Wang, Dane Baptiste, Larry Dean & Fern Brady are some of the UK’s finest acts and I’d highly recommend catching any of their shows.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
A Series Of Unfortunate Events

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Nailed It. It’s essentially a show of people who can’t bake trying to bake elaborate things and spectacularly failing. Joyous.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
The Greatest Showman soundtrack is all I am currently listening to.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
All the jobs that I put off doing to nap instead.

World Association:
Comedy – Laughter
New Zealand – Exciting
Woke – Sleep
Adulting – Insufferable
Basic – Bitches
Trend – Setter
Joke – THIEVES

Lauren Pattison plays 28 Apr – 5 May at Auckland’s The Classic 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.

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 | Joel Creasey – Poser

If in doubt, say you’re Rob Irwin… or Bindi… or even Terri.

Fresh from presenting the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine, Joel Creasy greeted a packed-out audience in Auckland’s Q Loft last night.

A seasoned professional, Joel will have you in hysterics as he regales you with tales about opening for Joan Rivers in New York, interviewing Carrie Fisher, having dinner with Trump supporters and the time he slept with Sam.

Joel’s high profile celebrity interactions and his own celebrity status make for an hour of great comedy.  There’s no denying he’s one of Australia’s funniest stand-ups.  

A great night of comedy, well worth going out in the wet, windy weather!   Buy tickets for his final show.

***** (4.5 stars)

NZICF 17 | 5 mins with Luke Callaghan

From the land of Hamburgers, Starbucks and Donald Trump, US-born comedian Luke Callaghan found sense and moved to New Zealand.  Named Best New Comer in 2013, Luke returns with his solo show at this year’s Comedy Festival.  Fresh, topical and extremely intelligent, you can catch Luke tonight ‘til Saturday.

Describe your show in three words…

I have jokes.

What’s the inspiration behind the show?

I’m an American guy who lives in New Zealand, and that gives me an excellent viewpoint from which to make fun of both countries.

What are your top 3 festival picks?

Chris Martin

James Keating

Lauren/China/Marika “PS We Love Cats”

Tell us about your most memorable time on stage?

Doing my first paid gig in which I died a slow, soul-crushing, 10-minute death opening for NZ comedy legend Ewen Gilmour.

Amy Schumer is known for heckling the odd heckler, what’s your approach?

I like to handle the situation by coming up with an absolutely brilliant, hilarious, brutal takedown of the heckler about 4 days later while sitting on the toilet.

What’s your social media of choice?

I’ve started a lifelong quest to accumulate 500 Twitter followers. I’m on 322 right now and hope to crack 500 by the year 2050. If you wanna be part of the solution, I’m @lukeblahblah

Word Association:

Comedy – Club

New Zealand – Bro

Trump – Steaks

Holiday – Inn Express

Pineapple – Lumps

Sheep – Poofy goats

And finally, describe the last meal you ate:

A pastrami, rocket, sprouts, cheese, tomato, and mayo sandwich followed by an entire sleeve of Ginger Nuts

LUKE CALLAGHAN performs at Backbeat Bar, K’Road, Thurs 18 – Sat 20 May as part of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. from 27 April – 21 May. For the full line-up of shows in the Festival head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 17 | 5 mins with Frenchy

He may look like he’s out of Sesame Street, but even Big Bird can’t make crowds laugh as much as Frenchy.

The smart, witty, self-deprecating comedian has found worldwide stardom; selling out shows across Australia, NZ and the UK and amassing over 2 million followers on social media.  Fresh from performing in Melbourne, Frenchy is performing at Rangitara at the Q and at venues across the country.

Describe your show in three words…

Lynx Africa Deodorant.

What’s the inspiration behind the show?

Stories & shenanigans from the past year, such as my poor attempts at dating, weird sex stories, the Kardashians & whatever other topics my immature brain finds funny.

What are your top 3 New Zealand Comedy Festival picks?

Daniel Sloss, Aunty Donna and Joel Creasey

Tell us about your most memorable time on stage?

My first ever show in Edinburgh, Scotland I had the unfortunate luck of having 8 lads on a stag party (bucks night) sitting in the 2nd row. Within 2 minutes they were yelling at me to get my cock out, obviously I said “no but you can if you want”. So some 6ft unit hops onstage & whips out his trouser snake which happened to be the biggest thing I’d ever seen. It was like the hammer of Thor, it put a hole in the floorboards as it smacked into the ground. Everyone laughed but it wasn’t until I was chatting to the front row 20min later when I found out that the front row had three 15 yr olds males… who were about 2 metres away from the tripod.

Amy Schumer is known for heckling the odd heckler, what’s your approach?

Depends on the heckler & how annoying they are being. Sometimes I’ll just ruin them with a quick one-liner, but if I’m feeling especially malevolent sometimes I’ll turn the house lights on so I get a good look at them then go to town…

What’s your social media of choice?

RedTube probably. Wait I meant YouTube. Both. And Instagram. #LikeCommentSubscribe

Word Association:

Comedy youtube.com/SungaAttack #LikeCommentSubscribe

New Zealand – Churr Cuzzy

Trump – Walking Meme

Holiday Inn #Chingy

Pineapple  haven’t had fruit in 8 yrs tbh.

Sheep lol

And finally, describe the last meal you ate:

Beer from a shoe. (Ate / drank ;).

FRENCHY performed in Auckland as part of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival.  Catch him throughout the country on the following dates:
  • May 20 – Theatre Royal, Nelson
  • May 21 – Civic Theatre, Invercargill
  • May 22 – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin
  • May 23 – Aurora Centre, Christchurch
  • May 24 – Clarence Street, Hamilton
  • May 26 – The Mayfair, New Plymouth
  • May 27 – Opera House, Wellington
Find out more here.