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NZICF19 | 5 mins with Ivan Aristeguieta

Ivan Aristeguieta is a Venezuelan-born, Australian-based award-winning comedian who has performed sold-out shows across the world, including opening for Chopper right across Australia, and a sold-out run in his NZ debut for the NZICF 2018. He returns to NZ with his new show, The Fourth Floor.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Damn funny!

What’s the inspiration behind it?
It’s my yearly report on my life. This year I’ll be turning 40, I’m moving to the fourth floor.

Where will we find you at the festival?
Q Theatre, Auckland and Te Auaha – Tapere Nui (Big Theatre) in Wellington.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
James Roque, Aaron Chen, Becky Lucas

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Happy Gilmore

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Tree with deep roots. A Korean action packed soap opera based on the creation of the Korean Alphabet.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
New York state of mind, 19 Dias y 500 Noches, Pedro Navaja.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Walk I like to walk.

Word Association:
Comedy – the way of enlightenment
New Zealand –  Korean Food
Adulting –  Sciatic Nerve
Basic – caustic soda
Trend –  Kombucha
Joke –  Fart

Ivan Aristeguieta returns to NZ with ‘The Fourth Floor’, performing in Wellington on May 12 and Auckland from May 14-18 as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 18 | Juithy

How did a Venezuelan become one of Australia’s favourite comedians? By roasting them mercilessly, of course. Having lived down under for six years, Ivan Aristeguieta has been immensely successful with his humorous observations on Aussie culture from an immigrant’s perspective starring in his own ABC sitcom Lost in Translation and his own stand-up comedy special Chorizo Sizzle, to winning Best Newcomer at the Sydney Comedy Festival in 2016.

I had never seen Ivan before, but, as a Kiwi, any comedian who can give the Aussies a good-natured ribbing sounds like fun to me. However, his set was so much more nuanced and original than that. Ivan managed to convey the immigrant experience, with all its highs and lows, in a way that anyone could understand and find funny regardless of whether you were an immigrant or not. From darkly humorous observations comparing third world country issues like food scarcity to the first world issues in his new home Melbourne i.e. the vegan capital of Australia, to deconstructing the oddities of the English language, Ivan is full of energy and a comedian with a talent for striking an instant rapport with his audience.

In fact, Ivan likened his relationship with the audience to the first time a couple gets intimate, weaving hilarious moments into his set where he made full use of his stereotypical Latin charm and asked for a performance review. Somehow, he managed to make sexual innuendo without being too crass, like a lot of other comedians. Let’s just say he promised to call the next day and I’d like to hold him to his word.

English may be his second language, but comedy is Ivan Aristaguieta’s mother tongue. Thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable, I would highly recommend this show.

5 Stars.