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NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Marcel Lucont

Like a good Sauvignon, Marcel Lucont is crisp, dry, and French. A figurehead of the NZ International Comedy Festival, Marcel is returning to our shores with two shows this year. For one night only, Marcel will perform his sold-out 2016 hit show Whine list – where he blends his sarcastic wit, poems and storytelling with gallic, deadpan delivery (read our 2016 review). He’ll also have a longer run of his new show, Marcel Lucont Etc., a chat show in which the multi-award deserving flâneur will interview different guests, every night. The show promises classy poetry, music, and bawdy badinage!

We were fortunate enough to get 5 minutes with Marcel ahead of his return to New Zealand.

Describe your show in three words or less..
Marcel Lucont Etc.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
While my talents cannot be bettered, they can certainly be complimented, by working with a live band (live is always preferable to the alternative). Also, by inviting lesser acts from the festival on the show as guests I get to highlight not only my superiority, but also my altruism.

Where will we find you during the festival?
At The Loft at Q Theatre (Auckland) May 2-5 and San Fran (Wellington) May 8,9 and 11. I shall also be resurrecting Marcel Lucont’s Whine List for one night at Rangatira at Q Theatre (Auckland) May 1.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
It depends on which door they are blocking and where I need to be.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
If you cannot make Marcel Lucont’s Whine List I would highly recommend Marcel Lucont Etc.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
“Je M’Appelle Marcel,” not only the opening song from Marcel Lucont Etc., but also from my latest album, “Flâneur, Raconteur, Bon-Viveur,” most certainly available for purchase after the show.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Both of these are alien concepts to me. I am currently “binge-living” in “reality.”

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Again, I feel this questionnaire is not fully bespoke to me. Come to me when we are talking of records on a record player.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Smoke enough opium to drift off to sleep.

Word Association:
Comedy – Tragedy
New Zealand – Far
Woke – Went back to sleep again
Adulting – Adultery
Basic – Unnecessary
Trend – Ignore
Joke – Life

Marcel Lucont performs Whine List 1 May at Auckland’s Q Theatre. He also performs Marcel Lucont Etc. 2 – 5 May at Auckland’s Q Theatre, and 8 – 11 May at Wellington’s San Fran as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo.  Buy your tickets to Whine list here and Marcel Lucont Etc. here.

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Fern Brady

After selling out shows at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Scottish comedian, Fern Brady is making her NZ debut with her whip-smart, bold, brash, and sometimes brutal show, Suffer Fools. Expect passionate honesty intertwined with views on politics and personal relationships. As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats (in case you’ve never heard of it, that’s a big deal!).

Describe your show in three words or less…
Honest, blunt, dark

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I was wishing I was thinner then I realised the two times in my life when I’ve been proper skinny were the two unhappiest times of my life where I was nuts, so I wrote a show about it. I’m not really selling it, but I swear it’s funny and it’s the first show I’ve done where a lot of women came to see me, before that I was almost exclusively getting a lot of bearded gamer guys (you’re all still welcome, by the way).

Where will we find you during the festival?
In a basement, apparently.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I know this is about a dating app but I’ve been going out with someone so long I haven’t used the apps, I’ve only ever met people the olden days way of getting drunk and lunging at them.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
I want to see Rose Matafeo

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
The film Fish Tank except I haven’t pumped Michael Fassbender.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I didn’t think I’d like a wrestling show, but I loved Glow and Marc Maron is shockingly good in it.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Sticky – Ravyn Lenae, Strangers – Sigrid, Ready for the Magic – Honeyblood

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Read celebrity blind items on the internet or really dark Reddit threads about people’s worst secrets.

World Association:
Comedy – Tragedy
New Zealand – coffee
Woke – Dunno
Adulting – I hate this word so much
Basic – Australians
Trend – Me
Joke – Yes

Fern Brady plays 27 & 28 Apr at Auckland’s Basement Theatre as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo. Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 18 | Billy T Jams

The NZ International Comedy Festival is nearly upon us, and after the Billy T James preview, I can safely say that it’s going to be fantastic. With few exceptions, the Billy T award nominees list for 2018 is female-dominated, and – if the audience is anything to go by – you will love every minute of it.

Standout performances were hard to pick, but I can’t stop thinking about Two Hearts ‘slutty ghost’ pop pastiche, Donna Brookbanks reverse scuba-suit striptease, or Melanie Bracewell’s utterly toweringly relatable dating adventures. If you like your laughter controversial, you’ll also enjoy Alice Snedden’s provocative humour, while in a night studded with sass, James Malcolm simply shone.
Fans hoping for a taste of last year’s winner’s uniquely creepy comedic stylings were rewarded with a closer from the truly unique Angella Dravid, while previous winner Rhys Matheson made triple duty look easy as warm-up man, emcee and comedy pro in his own right. You’ve been warned – now check the programme and book, because the future is female, with a stellar future.
The NZICF runs from 26th April – 20th May 2018. For a full line-up of shows in NZ Ithe Festival, as well as all further information head to the Comedy Fest website.

NZICF 18 | Our top picks for the NZ International Comedy Fest 2018

It’s that special time of year when comedians from across the globe descend upon our great land for the NZ International Comedy Festival.  Like the years that have passed, this one is no different; there’s a plethora of great comedians to choose from.   To help you out, we’ve listed some of our top picks below.

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


El Jaguar: Tele Nova

A Tele Novela is a Mexican soap opera, and El Jaguar is bringing it to New Zealand, so get ready to weep on command, grow a thin moustache, and fall in love with cheesy accents.

Alexis Dubus: Alexis Dubus versus the World

Lyrical tales from the road mixed with iffy wordplay and first-rate bullsh*t. Alexis has been seen on Comedy Central At The Comedy Store, Set List, The John Bishop Show, Ricky Gervais’ Derek and Red Dwarf.

Marcel Lucont: Marcel Lucont etc. – a chat show

France’s multi-award-deserving flâneur interviews different guests every night in his own unique style. Expect top Festival names, bawdy badinage, classy sex poetry and a house band. 

The Big Show: International Comedy Showcase

Looking to check out some international talent but don’t know where to start? May we introduce Edinburgh Fringe heros, Lauren Pattison, Fin Taylor, Phil Wang and Ian Smith from the UK, all packaged together as part of the Big (two hour) show.

Paul Chowdhry – Live Innit

After completing a phenomenal 100 date sell-out 2017/2018 tour and becoming the first Asian stand-up to play a sold-out show at London’s Wembley Arena, comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster, Live at The Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, Paul Chowdhry will be coming to New Zealand.  Hurry, this will sell out!

Luke Heggie – Tripat

No lowbreeds please.  You heard him.

He’s been here before – read our interview and show review.

David Correos: The Correos Effect

Love him or hate him, he’s back for another year. Billy T Award winner David Correos has developed a reputation for delivering a maelstrom of comedy that has seen him get five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe. This is full noise, powerful, messy comedy; defying genre and labels. Sometimes it’s paint, sometimes cinnamon, could be a bread knife – it’s hysterical nonsense.

Rose Matafeo: Horndog

Rose has kissed nearly 10 men in her life. So I guess you could say, this girl’s a horndog. Join Rose for another classic hour of stand-up and sketch.

Bridget Davies: Bridget Davies’ Diary

Can you pass up the chance to read someone’s diary? You can’t resist can you!

Bridget Davies is all set to take you through hers and the latest year of her life with material described as “fresh, relatable, poignant and most importantly VERY FUNNY!” – Backbeat Comedy.

Guy Williams: I wanna hear what I have to say

Guy wants to do a political show that doesn’t suck. While he can’t promise he’ll achieve this, he’s got to do something to fill in the time before he dies.

We’ve got a lot of love for Guy – read all about it here.


The NZ International Comedy Festival takes place 26 April – 20 May. Get your tickets for all shows here.

NZICF 17 | Chris Martin – Ol’ Smarty Pants

We all want to be hugged by Sonny Bill Williams.  Period.

Getting Kiwis to come out on a Monday night is difficult, add the cold autumn chill and it’s downright difficult.  Maybe they thought it was Chris Martin from Coldplay, but Chris Martin the comedian filled up The Classic last night.   He greeted the crowd as they entered the auditorium, making small talk as he sat waiting.

It’s been a few years since we last saw Chris and in that time he got married.  His new show centres around married life, wanting to be hugged by a man, the need to please others, countryside racists and water parks.

Ol’ Smarty Pants is a hilarious show by one of the best UK comedians at this year’s comedy festival.  The show was fast-paced, funny and well-written.  A must see for all audiences wanting to work out their abs without going to the gym and working up a sweat!

See him at The Classic until Saturday.

**** (4 stars)

NZICF 17 | Guy Williams – Why Am I Like This?

This year at the NZ International Comedy Festival, Guy Williams managed to impress with a lively (albeit slightly shouty) sell-out show at the Basement Theatre with self-deprecating ease.

The Basement provided a comfortable setting for Williams’ featured show, engaging the audience seamlessly, and keeping the atmosphere buoyant with a spirited performance. ‘Why Am I Like This?’ begins confidently, with him keeping his material relevant and current throughout.

Williams’ undeniable talent for political heckling remains, and we are updated in regards to his recent antics on social media – blessed. He communicates raw comical honestly which is refreshing when compared to the rehearsed-mood sometimes encountered in the current comedy scene. Although some of the show feels a little rehearsed with music cues and whatnot, he handles improv with ease (twice his performance was interrupted by late-comers, which is possibly not a great thing to happen to the late-comer, but can really work to a comedians advantage).

I have to recommend Guy Williams’ show – go and see him while you can readily acquire tickets; His reach and audience appeal continue to grow, as does his obvious comfort on a larger visible public platform. Also he treats us to more texts from his Mum. Thumbs up.

4/5 Stars   Get tickets for his show HERE.

GUY WILLIAMS performs at the Basement Theatre; His last show Sun 7 May as part of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival from 27 April – 21 May. For the full line-up of shows in the Festival head to the Comedy Fest website!

NZICF 17 | 5 mins with Ray Badran

Heckler beware, Ray Badran will find you and get his revenge.  It may take 5, 10, maybe 15 years but he’ll get you…

Ray Badran is a Sydney based stand-up comedian who’s performed globally.  Widely regarded as one of the rising stars in Australian Comedy, Ray has been lucky enough to boast about working with Chris Rock, Marc Maron, Amy Schumer & Comedy Bang Bang (to name a few). 

Describe your show in three words…

The greatest show of all time

What’s the inspiration behind the show?

No inspiration.  There’s none. All I can offer is desperation and perspiration. 

What are your top 3 festival picks?

Ray Badran (Friday show), Ray Badran (Saturday show), Ray Badran (Friday show 2018)

Tell us about your most memorable time on stage?

No comment

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

I like to bide my time. I write down the heckler’s name and physical description and add them to a long list of people I will seek vengeance on. It may take 5, 10, maybe 15 years for me to get revenge but I’ll get em… 

What’s your social media of choice?

I only have twitter (and I don’t use it very much) so that kind of wins by default.  

Word Association:

Comedy – Ray Badran on Friday/Saturday 28/29

New Zealand – Love the place. Great country.  Great PM.

Trump – New Zealand’s Prime Minister

Holiday – Dreadlock holiday – 10CC

Pineapple – Soft and wooly

Sheep – Prickly and Sweet

And finally, describe the last meal you ate:

I’m at the airport as I write this and I just had a croissant and a coffee for $47 (No I’m not a millionaire).

Ray Badran performs at Q Theatre, Queen St, Fri 28 – Sat 29 April 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