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FRINGE 18 | The Fun Talker

Last night we had the opportunity to hear the first non-diplomatic Tanzanian to enter Vietnam – Ally Baharoon performs his debut show at the Auckland Fringe Festival, and also has a stammer.

The Fun Talker is a trip down memory lane, taking you deep into Ally’s memoirs, growing up and wrestling with his stammer for over 20 years. The well-traveled explorer shared humorous stories of how his speech impediment has hindered his social development, job opportunities, and personal life.

Ally is engaging, entertaining and enigmatic. Not only did the show bring awareness of how the inner-mind of a speech impediment sufferer works, but also Ally’s personal journey coming to terms with his stammer.

As he mentioned in the show, there are very few performers with speech impediments, and the best way to combat the stigma is to showcase his comedic traffic. Ally has spent time perfecting the art and doesn’t let his stammer stop him putting on a good show.

Catch Ally Baharoon in The Fun Talker 1-4 March at Artworks Theatre on Waiheke Island. Buy tickets here.

We had a chat to Ally before Fringe, read what he had to say.

FRINGE 18 | 5 mins with Ally Baharoon

Ally Baharoon was born and raised in Tanzania. He moved to attend middle school in United Arab Emirates, completed his last year of high school in Malaysia, before attending University in Canada.

Now, this East-African (by way of Canada) will make his way to New Zealand as part of Auckland Fringe. Have wrestled his stutter for over 20 years; he’s overcome an incredible amount of embarrassment and existential torture to end up with a tone of comedy material. From freaking out potential mates on first dates to jarring potential employers during job interviews; The Fun Talker is Ally’s long journey of coming to terms with his speech impediment.

Is this your first Fringe Auckland? What are you looking forward to about performing in Auckland?
Yes, it is. I am looking forward to meeting everyone. I have heard so much about good humoured souls roaming these lands along with the kiwis and the sheep. It’s wild stuff!

Describe your show in three words or less…
Impossible is funny.

Fringe Festivals are known for the weird, wacky, and utterly wonderful – what’s the most bizzare thing you’ve come across during your Fringe history?
In the Vancouver Fringe 2017, Mind of a Snail performed this super inventive piece called Multiple Organism and it was just jaw-dropping to see that much originality of finding different ways to use one’s body and a projector together. The words ‘artistic risk’ comes to mind, and that is something I try to emulate.

What are your top 3 picks for Auckland Fringe?
I haven’t seen anyone but these are the ones I would go watch when I get a chance.
Humourism, Cool Behaviour, and Toxic Mas

Where will we find you during the festival?
I have two shows at Garnet Station Tiny Theatre on Feb 27 and 28 (8:30pm)
And then off to Waiheke Island to perform at Artworks Theatre from March 1-4 (7:30pm)

What would we find if we raided your fridge?
Bread, shrimp, and lemonade.

Tell us about your spirit animal?
Puffins. Lovable seabirds a.k.a ‘Clowns of the Sea’. They have this dazzling orange beak that looks brilliantly painted and the best part is when you have more of them around they become a ‘circus of puffins’. Isn’t that awesome?

Word Association:
Fringe – chance
Fridge – cold
Auckland – fun
Festival – joy
Lights – showtime
Chocolate – love
Winter – bad
Theatre – world

Ally Baharoon performs in The Fun Talker Garnet Station Tiny Theatre & Artworks Theatre Tues 27 Feb – Thurs 1 March as part of Auckland Fringe Festival. Buy tickets here.