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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.

NZICF 17 | Tim Muller – Laugh Now, Google Later

In an age where we have to sift through all the ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ it can be a challenge to identify credible sources of information. Lucky for us, Tim Müller is not only a refreshingly witty comedian, but he’s also an actual freaking scientist! And in his hour-long show, Tim manages to simultaneously school and entertain his audience with a blend of fast paced facts and slick, clever humour. Get ready for a proper dose of comed-ucation!

From the get-go Tim is clearly a man of many talents, from making his own introduction to the stage to warming up the crowd with his laughable Google searches he left up on the screen for all to see. Tim greets the crowd and seems like a genuinely nice guy, to the point where he even gets to know his front row audience by name. He then delves into his day job as a scientist, and encourages the crowd to partake in a fact-checking challenge whilst offering us instant gratification with the help of marshmallows.

Tim intelligently weaves in facts into his act, like scientists confirming the equation of Pi to 22.7 trillion digits or the fact that 97 per cent of human DNA matches that of the Orangutan, while providing great commentary on these nuggets of info. He also has a fresh way of relating political and social themes back to his home life as a father of two girls, and gives us such insights like building walls with toy blocks and expecting your neighbour to pay for it, or serenading us with feminist alternative endings to nursery rhymes, which make them more hilariously accurate.  Tim’s final musical act is stand-out where more audience interaction is encouraged to use Google to discredit his song filled with fake news.

Tim’s energy and delivery ranges from softly spoken, easy going Southerner to slightly mad scientist in a split second, which is highly entertaining. And although at times there are gaps which leave room for awkward laughter, you come out of his show feeling like an accomplished fact checker and you even get a certificate from Tim to prove it!

*** (3.5 stars)

TIM MULLER performs at the Vault at Q Theatre Fri 19 – 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 Justine Smith

Having been performing since bloody ages ago and frankly having won most of the awards – the Billy T, the NZ Comedy Guild’s Best Female (twice) and Best MC (also twice), Justine Smith has basically seen it all. And made it funny.

Her style could be described as ‘ float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’, as she cajoles an audience into her world of kittens, rainbows and barbed wire.

Describe your show in three words…

Funny, thinky, laughy

What’s the inspiration behind the show?

This is a story about myself that I’ve not really talked about before, and it’s an interesting topic (I hope!)

What are your top 3 festival picks?

Zoe Lyons, The Fan Brigade, Markus Birdman

Tell us about your most memorable time on stage?

Heaps! But during the festival last year I was part of an all women show at Q called Dialogue and I was immensely proud of that.

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

Bring it on, but do NOT think you are “helping”

What’s your social media of choice?

Dirty old Facebook

Word Association:

Comedy – fun stress fun and stress

NZ – home😍

Trump – douchelord

Holiday – Disneyland!!

Pineapple – margarita!

Sheep – cute and delicious

And finally, describe the last meal you ate:

A very overpriced bagel at Auckland airport

JUSTINE SMITH performs at Q Theatre, Queen St, Tue 16 – 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 James Keating

Former Billy T nominee and NZ’s master of one-liner comedy returns to the Comedy Festival stage with his new show, My Way or The Hemingway.  Known for his funny wordplay, witty puns and observational humour, James Keating never fails to entertain an audience.

Describe your show in three words…

Failed author reflects.

What’s the inspiration behind the show?

A story I wrote as a kid and a teacher’s school report. And a line from a Hemingway novel that I read as an impressionable young man: “When I was your age I was before the mast on a square-rigged ship that ran to Africa and I have seen lions on the beaches in the evening.”

What are your top 3 festival picks?

Some awkward, hilarious Wellington comedians who now live in Auckland. And Chris Martin:

– Joel Hansby & Josh Davies

– Ray O’Leary

– Chris Martin

Tell us about your most memorable time on stage?

In a cave in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, to the other people on our boat cruise, after they coaxed me to do a five-minute set after dinner.

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

I don’t often get them at my shows, so I’m curious to hear what it is they think could be more important than my jokes… before I ignore them completely.

What’s your social media of choice?

Yes I remember the days when it was a choice; I’m a slave to Facebook and Twitter. And I’ve only just recently conquered my Myspace addiction.

Word Association:

Comedy – poverty

New Zealand – made

Trump – card

Holiday – New Zealand

JAMES KEATING performs at The Classic Studio Tues 16 – Sat 20 May as part of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flic Electric Co. from 27 April – 21 May.  For the full line-up of shows in the Festival head to comedyfestival.co.nz

NZICF 17 | Adam Hess – The best of Adam Hess

I’m not an alcoholic! I just enjoy it, everyday.

Adam Hess is hilariously funny and he proved this by filling out The Classic’s studio on Thursday night.  His comedic style reflects the mind of a young, adolescent child who has an attention deficit disorder – he starts a story, digresses so far but then manages to make it back for the punchline.  His natural storytelling, paired with his energy and passion make for an unforgettable night of comedy.

On Thursday he greeted the sold-out crowd and began speaking at what felt was 100 kph, probably down to nerves, or maybe the beer he was drinking.  He began by reading his best jokes from his handy notebook, but they were only slightly amusing.  The show really started when he began interacting with the crowd and shared stories ranging from his ex-fiance to the fateful trip to Starbucks.

Make sure you catch him at The Classic tonight.

**** (4.5 stars)