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NZICF 17 | Justine Smith – An Hour Roughly

Justine Smith is probably best described as a raconteuse.

The chill of an Auckland Autumn night became a distant memory as we packed into Vault at Q Theatre for an hour of hair-raising tales and no-holds-barred humour, spiced with frequent colourful language and served with lashings of opinionated style. The show flies by and feels like a fraction of a night out with an entertaining, lively new best friend.

Loosely based around the theme of Nature and Nurture, Justine’s show opens with a musical introduction to her family – in fact, family is a recurring theme throughout the evening, as she explores the story of her adoption in sometimes brutally honest style.

Justine’s time spent travelling in her twenties and, later, working in the hospitality industry have sharpened her banter like none other. Life, love, travel, work, men and children – no subject is safe from her hilariously frank observations and sharp-tongued opinions.

Go and see her if you like your stories lurid and your laughs frequent – just maybe don’t ask her about the third time she got arrested… Get tickets HERE.

3/5 Stars

JUSTINE SMITH performs at Vault at Q Theatre until Saturday May 20th 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 Justine Smith

Having been performing since bloody ages ago and frankly having won most of the awards – the Billy T, the NZ Comedy Guild’s Best Female (twice) and Best MC (also twice), Justine Smith has basically seen it all. And made it funny.

Her style could be described as ‘ float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’, as she cajoles an audience into her world of kittens, rainbows and barbed wire.

Describe your show in three words…

Funny, thinky, laughy

What’s the inspiration behind the show?

This is a story about myself that I’ve not really talked about before, and it’s an interesting topic (I hope!)

What are your top 3 festival picks?

Zoe Lyons, The Fan Brigade, Markus Birdman

Tell us about your most memorable time on stage?

Heaps! But during the festival last year I was part of an all women show at Q called Dialogue and I was immensely proud of that.

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

Bring it on, but do NOT think you are “helping”

What’s your social media of choice?

Dirty old Facebook

Word Association:

Comedy – fun stress fun and stress

NZ – home😍

Trump – douchelord

Holiday – Disneyland!!

Pineapple – margarita!

Sheep – cute and delicious

And finally, describe the last meal you ate:

A very overpriced bagel at Auckland airport

JUSTINE SMITH performs at Q Theatre, Queen St, Tue 16 – Sat 20 May 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