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NZICF 19 | Tim Batt & Disasteradio: Space Couch

New Zealand’s own Tim Batt teams up with Lower Hutt’s finest musical talent (Luke Rowell) to present ‘Space Couch’  – a live comedy chat show that encompasses all things topical; from politics to pilates.

This off-the-wall 55 minute (or beyond) show is like a zip-liner for your attention, shooting at you straight from our endeared home of theatre – The Basement.

Tackling everything from the interminable life of ‘The Simpsons’, previous employment revelations, proletarian veganism and facts you didn’t ‘know’ you needed to know ….  tangent lines being as divergent as Snow White to The Beatles

Hot on the heels of a downfall most public, that of prolific chat-show host, Jeremy Kyle – this show could not have been any more well-timed, albeit with a refreshing twist!  Tim Batt is as engaging and animated as ever, with his informative delivery, great rapport and energetic chemistry with partner-in-crime, Disasteradio.

A few local heroes/celebrity guests made an appearance on the infamous couch; comedian Hamish Parkinson and his mum Lynette (endearingly referred to as Nonny), our national treasure Claire Chitham (Shortland Street/Fresh Eggs) and although they were charming and loveable,  I did wonder how a non-local would embrace such specific personalities and fodder, as I personally felt that the conversation veered off on in a direction, that at times seemed somewhat clique’ and specific to those only close to the guests themselves …

But trivial things aside, it was a warm and light-hearted night out, and I appreciated the off-beat banter and quirkiness of the show’s format.  Disasteradio was great with his unscripted probing, amiable swordplay with Tim and of course, his computer genius.  I especially related and was most bemused by the duo’s most charmingly underwhelming homage to J-Ville …

Space Couch is full of comical quips, random snippets from fellow comedians & family and not-to-be-forgotten, most important reflections from Space Couch himself, and though entertaining, had the vibe presented from the beginning followed through to the end, my attentions may have been entangled just that little bit more.

‘Space Couch’ is part of the NZ International Comedy Festival and is currently showing:  Wednes 15 – Sat 18 May @Basement Theatre.

Don’t miss out!  3 stars ***

NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Tim Batt

Fulfilling a childhood dream, award-winning Kiwi comedian, Tim Batt returns to the NZ International Comedy Festival with Space Couch, a live chat show nobody asked for. Described as exciting, unpredictable and hilarious (or big,  dumb,  fun), Tim and his sidekick, Disasteradio will be joined each night by a slew of surprisingly top-shelf celebrities, live music and guest comedians – think Fallon, but not shit.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Big. Dumb. Fun.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
American late night chat shows (Conan, Letterman, Kimmel) and the shows that mock them (Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, The Eric Andre Show).

Where will we find you at the festival?
Sitting at a children’s desk interviewing very cool celebrities and watching very cool guest comedians in Auckland and Wellington!

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I’m a married man and do not know which swipe is Approve. But it’s just say, I’d **** the **** out of the NZ Comedy Scene on the first date.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
GO SEE NEWER COMEDIANS! It’s way more exciting because you might be at the debut show of a future superstar. Here’s some people you may not know who I think are fantastic: Kura Forrester, Harry Thompson-Cook, Jack Ansett, Ruby Esther, Uther Dean.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Tommy Ill – New Car Money

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I Think You Should Leave, Love, Death and Robots, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Disasteradio – You Win, Herbie Hancock – Gentle Feelings,Sly and The Family Stone – Spaced Cowboy

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I hate sleep. I’d love that extra time to make more things! Podcasts, web shows, live comedy shows, everything. I’D MAKE MORE STUFF!

Word Association:
Comedy – Life
New Zealand – Best
Adulting – Over-rated
Basic – Java
Trend – Woosh
Joke – Knock…

Tim Batt is joined by Disasteradio and can be found hosting “Space Couch” as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.