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NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Jimmy McGhie

The English poster boy for white male privilege is back again with a brand-new show full of the usual complaints and foolish hopes.

Jimmy McGhie has been doing stand-up for well over a decade, kick-starting his career after reaching the finals of the prestigious ‘BBC New Talent’ competition and at a Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival back in 2005. Since then, he’s worked full time as a stand-up comedian performing on television, radio and across the UK and international comedy circuit. We caught up with Jimmy ahead of his fourth run at the NZ International Comedy Festival.

Describe your show in three words or less…

What’s the inspiration behind it?
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. (google it)

Where will we find you at the festival?
Hopefully shitfaced on Waiheke island or recovering at Fed Deli.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I don’t swipe. The NZ comedy scene however is awesome. Everyone is incredibly friendly and encouraging and that cannot be said for some other places!

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
The Big Show will be awesome and also Paul Sinha, hands down one of the best stand ups in the UK.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
‘Hotel California’…or in my case ‘Travelodge Nottingham’.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I have just rewatched Mad Men. Third time through. I really don’t think there will be anything better.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
I do not use Spotify. I buy albums. Currently I am obsessed with Richard Swift and am enjoying something of a Beck renaissance.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Probably lie on a bed, in the dark for 6-8 hours feeling really weird.

World Association:
Comedy – Job, passion, hobby, curse
New Zealand – Green and pleasant land.
Adulting – Existential angst and semi-permanent disappointment.
Basic – Most popular culture.
Trend – Non applicable.
Joke – Weapon

Jimmy McGhie returns to NZ with his show ‘Need(y)’ as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 17 | Jimmy Mcghie – Apologia

My Car’s Wiffler pin’s gone!

Jimmy Mcghie is a child of divorce who feels guilty for being Middle Class, White and privileged.  

He returns to the Comedy Festival with his natural conversational and playful, comedic style.  Jimmy will take you through the lows of his life – and be warned, there are many.

Apologia is an hour of scripted, self-depreciating comedy at its finest.  Jimmy shares stories of growing up in a dictatorship, being at boarding school, buying a car with a ‘whiffler pin’, and his ideology of being in a polyamorous relationship.

He’s a smart, witty comedian worthy of at least one hour of your time.  Catch him at The Classic until Saturday.

*** (3.5 stars)

NZICF 17 | 5 Star Comedy Preview

What do you get when you blend a Scotsman, a female raconteur and a smattering of excitable yet cynical Brits and a pint-sized Fin … ?

A great start to the opening of the NZ International Comedy Festival that’s what, and just a taste of the talent who have made the trek to our shores to delight us this 2017 season.

The 5 Star Comedy Preview, hosted by the affable  Jimmy McGhie, introduced the audience to a showcase of the Northern Hemisphere’s finest comedians.  Launching straight into the evening with hilarious monologues; lamenting the loss of the 30-something friend to the perils of wedlock and fatherhood and fantastic flashbacks of first sexual encounters .

My guest and I were treated to the best seats in the theatre, albeit strategically placed for the inevitable heckling that would ensue, and to which my American compadre took most graciously, reveled in almost ….

Enter great-scot Iain Stirling, with entertaining story-telling ranging from irresponsible parenting to rain clouds and behemoth grandmas, he was then followed by the diminutive but ever-so animated Adam Hest, his erratic and self-deprecating humor prevailed throughout his performance, and one could not help but share in his angst and juvenile misfortunes.

Lou Sanders, the stand-alone female act on a stage monopolized by men, brought a refreshingly short set, brimming with sharp, cutting and street-smart smut.  A humanly flawed yet utterly relatable character, with whom I could definitely see myself swapping disastrous dating stories, whilst chugging back a pint (or 5).

Highlights for me, were Ismo Leikola – a sell out at last year’s 2016 Comedy Festival.  His charming and accurate anecdotes regarding the absurdities of some of  our Western mannerisms, never fail to entertain and he had the audience falling over side-ways (literally).

The second-half of the night’s festivities was a rip-roar of laughter from there on in; The dapper and well-suited Chris Martin took a more light-hearted approach with his reliably charming ‘mum-whispering’ abilities and his fanciful ideas of incorporating owls into the most romantic of ceremonies.

Markus Birdman, another festival favourite, shared wry and ironical musings of his family’s clerical upbringing, all in his shrewd, yet intelligent and sardonic sexy fashion.

Ed Gamble and Hal Cruttenden rounded up the successful and raucously entertaining evening, with Ed’s uncanny resemblance to an ‘undercover Morman’ and fantastic re-enactments of penis examinations, followed by Hal’s endearing tales of formidable Northern Irish wives and relentless mocking of a fellow comedy-goer added the prefect amount of spice to the platter of satirical genius the evening provided.

What a treat, and what a blast – a fantastic prelude to the frivolity that is set to unfold this comedy season.

5 Star Comedy Preview – you bet it was!