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NZICF 18 | Marcel Lucont Etc. – A Chat Show

A true raconteur of improv comedy, our favourite Frenchie, Marcel Lucont is back with a new show for this year’s NZ International Comedy Festival; Marcel Lucont Etc. – A Chat Show.

Marcel’s new show centers around him interviewing other, lesser comedians, accompanied by a Jazz Trio. Each night brings a new guest.

With his signature maroon suit and turtleneck, a barefoot Marcel graced the stage to greet his audience. Acknowledging the late night show, Marcel began by exposing the low energy of the crowd in true Marcel style. Following which, he poured himself a glass of red wine and began regaling the audience with song before inviting his guest for the evening.

The show is split in two parts; the first consisted of improv, songs, and poems, while the second was the much-anticipated chat segment. With a a clever message from the sponsor in between.

Without giving too much away, I’ll say this – Marcel Lucont is a master of improv comedy and a joy to watch. If there’s one show you’re going to watch this NZ International Comedy Festival, make sure it’s this one.

5 stars

We were privileged enough to speak to Marcel before his arrival to NZ, read the interview.

See Marcel Lucont etc. – A Chat Show in Auckland until May 5 and in Wellington 8, 9 & 11 May. Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Marcel Lucont

Like a good Sauvignon, Marcel Lucont is crisp, dry, and French. A figurehead of the NZ International Comedy Festival, Marcel is returning to our shores with two shows this year. For one night only, Marcel will perform his sold-out 2016 hit show Whine list – where he blends his sarcastic wit, poems and storytelling with gallic, deadpan delivery (read our 2016 review). He’ll also have a longer run of his new show, Marcel Lucont Etc., a chat show in which the multi-award deserving flâneur will interview different guests, every night. The show promises classy poetry, music, and bawdy badinage!

We were fortunate enough to get 5 minutes with Marcel ahead of his return to New Zealand.

Describe your show in three words or less..
Marcel Lucont Etc.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
While my talents cannot be bettered, they can certainly be complimented, by working with a live band (live is always preferable to the alternative). Also, by inviting lesser acts from the festival on the show as guests I get to highlight not only my superiority, but also my altruism.

Where will we find you during the festival?
At The Loft at Q Theatre (Auckland) May 2-5 and San Fran (Wellington) May 8,9 and 11. I shall also be resurrecting Marcel Lucont’s Whine List for one night at Rangatira at Q Theatre (Auckland) May 1.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
It depends on which door they are blocking and where I need to be.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
If you cannot make Marcel Lucont’s Whine List I would highly recommend Marcel Lucont Etc.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
“Je M’Appelle Marcel,” not only the opening song from Marcel Lucont Etc., but also from my latest album, “Flâneur, Raconteur, Bon-Viveur,” most certainly available for purchase after the show.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Both of these are alien concepts to me. I am currently “binge-living” in “reality.”

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Again, I feel this questionnaire is not fully bespoke to me. Come to me when we are talking of records on a record player.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Smoke enough opium to drift off to sleep.

Word Association:
Comedy – Tragedy
New Zealand – Far
Woke – Went back to sleep again
Adulting – Adultery
Basic – Unnecessary
Trend – Ignore
Joke – Life

Marcel Lucont performs Whine List 1 May at Auckland’s Q Theatre. He also performs Marcel Lucont Etc. 2 – 5 May at Auckland’s Q Theatre, and 8 – 11 May at Wellington’s San Fran as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo.  Buy your tickets to Whine list here and Marcel Lucont Etc. here.

NZICF 18 | Our top picks for the NZ International Comedy Fest 2018

It’s that special time of year when comedians from across the globe descend upon our great land for the NZ International Comedy Festival.  Like the years that have passed, this one is no different; there’s a plethora of great comedians to choose from.   To help you out, we’ve listed some of our top picks below.

For more information, tickets, and a bunch of other things, check out the Comedy Festival website.


El Jaguar: Tele Nova

A Tele Novela is a Mexican soap opera, and El Jaguar is bringing it to New Zealand, so get ready to weep on command, grow a thin moustache, and fall in love with cheesy accents.

Alexis Dubus: Alexis Dubus versus the World

Lyrical tales from the road mixed with iffy wordplay and first-rate bullsh*t. Alexis has been seen on Comedy Central At The Comedy Store, Set List, The John Bishop Show, Ricky Gervais’ Derek and Red Dwarf.

Marcel Lucont: Marcel Lucont etc. – a chat show

France’s multi-award-deserving flâneur interviews different guests every night in his own unique style. Expect top Festival names, bawdy badinage, classy sex poetry and a house band. 

The Big Show: International Comedy Showcase

Looking to check out some international talent but don’t know where to start? May we introduce Edinburgh Fringe heros, Lauren Pattison, Fin Taylor, Phil Wang and Ian Smith from the UK, all packaged together as part of the Big (two hour) show.

Paul Chowdhry – Live Innit

After completing a phenomenal 100 date sell-out 2017/2018 tour and becoming the first Asian stand-up to play a sold-out show at London’s Wembley Arena, comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster, Live at The Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, Paul Chowdhry will be coming to New Zealand.  Hurry, this will sell out!

Luke Heggie – Tripat

No lowbreeds please.  You heard him.

He’s been here before – read our interview and show review.

David Correos: The Correos Effect

Love him or hate him, he’s back for another year. Billy T Award winner David Correos has developed a reputation for delivering a maelstrom of comedy that has seen him get five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe. This is full noise, powerful, messy comedy; defying genre and labels. Sometimes it’s paint, sometimes cinnamon, could be a bread knife – it’s hysterical nonsense.

Rose Matafeo: Horndog

Rose has kissed nearly 10 men in her life. So I guess you could say, this girl’s a horndog. Join Rose for another classic hour of stand-up and sketch.

Bridget Davies: Bridget Davies’ Diary

Can you pass up the chance to read someone’s diary? You can’t resist can you!

Bridget Davies is all set to take you through hers and the latest year of her life with material described as “fresh, relatable, poignant and most importantly VERY FUNNY!” – Backbeat Comedy.

Guy Williams: I wanna hear what I have to say

Guy wants to do a political show that doesn’t suck. While he can’t promise he’ll achieve this, he’s got to do something to fill in the time before he dies.

We’ve got a lot of love for Guy – read all about it here.


The NZ International Comedy Festival takes place 26 April – 20 May. Get your tickets for all shows here.

NZICF16 | Marcel Lucont’s – Whine List

Anzac Monday turned out a great show of Gallic pomp, wit and imperious humor from the chansonnier comic, Marcel Lucount.   A reckoning figurehead of the NZ international comedy circuit.

Nestled amongst a rather packed crowd within the Comedy Chamber of Aucklands’ Town Hall, it was evident the pulling power that the unique and imaginative Marcel possessed.  As the audience nattered between themselves whilst waiting for the shows frontman, an amusing and interactive screen of  video montages of the man himself played before us, with the music of popular french singer, Joe Dassin providing the background music.

In a low and deliberately affected French tone,  Marcel enters stage suitably attired and surrounded by clichéd items/props of his ‘mother land’.

With raised glass of red wine in hand and the tilted chin of pretension one may associate with the French,  the man plays the part well. Immediately launching into a barrage of humorous digs at the audience and our laid-back kiwi culture in general ….

I am not certain whether it was just a case of Mondayitis, or the somewhat reserved and subdued energy of the audience, but the show began on a slight lull for me, and slowly but steadily eased into playful and jocular synergy that soon roused my attention.

Marcel’s sarcastic wit and deadpan delivery certainly impressed as he made facetious parallels regarding the Gaelic and Galllic stereotype and his talent to amuse also extended to that of poet/story-teller,  with such imaginative and descriptive prose,  ranging from the memoirs of a circus performer, to sex poetry for pensioners ! 

The show gathered momentum from middle to the end,  and Marcels farcical and visual narratives depicting the ‘idyllic’ British seaside and hilarious references to the decrepid nature of certain music festivals, definitely struck a relevant chord and had many in stitches.

Marcel Lucont’s whimsical and utopian mind is a credit to himself and to his performance.  I loved his sharp improvisation with the audience, as I did too his fanciful, arrogant but utterly charming musings.

* Marcel Lucont’s – Whine List is now showing at The Comedy Chamber, Auckland Town Hall,  Mon 25th until Sat 30 April.

4 out of 5 stars ! 




Wanted: Comedy Lab ‘Rats’

It’s an age-old question in comedy – how do performers manage to hone their works before embarking on their seasons during the NZ International Comedy Festival? Like fixing Rachel Hunter’s spilt ends, it doesn’t happen overnight.

So in the name of exploring comedy frontiers, comedians performing as part of the 2012 Festival will test their works on human guinea pigs with the all-new Comedy Lab. This is a chance for audiences to get a sneak peek into how the beast is formed.


For the comics, it’s a chance to test what flies and what dies on live humans that who aren’t their flatmates (that’s you, faithful comedy fan).


Rhys Mathewson will host the Comedy Lab over three weeks in March at The Classic Studio in Auckland. And for one-night only observe Justine Smith as she harnesses the chemistry at The Fringe Bar in Wellington. Watch these comedy Einstein’s play scientist to all manner of on-stage experiments with the aim of honing and refining material in time for the Festival in May.


LAB WORKER REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE: an ability to laugh, finely tuned comedy ears, an enjoyment of comedic dissection, Bunsen Burner safety knowledge and basic writing skills that result in legible feedback to the jokesters themselves.


No cute and fluffy animals will be harmed for scientific reasons. Audiences on the other hand…


The 2012 NZ International Comedy Festival takes place

  • Auckland: 27 April – 20 May
  • Wellington: 29 April – 20 May
  • Comedy Convoy (nationwide): 14 – 26 May


Festival pre-sale:                             Tuesday 6 March, 9am

Festival public on-sale:                 Thursday 8 March, 9am

You can find the official website here.

We’ll keep you updated with comedy news in lead up to the festival in May.  We can’t wait to get our laugh on, can you?