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NZICF 17 | 5 mins with Frenchy

He may look like he’s out of Sesame Street, but even Big Bird can’t make crowds laugh as much as Frenchy.

The smart, witty, self-deprecating comedian has found worldwide stardom; selling out shows across Australia, NZ and the UK and amassing over 2 million followers on social media.  Fresh from performing in Melbourne, Frenchy is performing at Rangitara at the Q and at venues across the country.

Describe your show in three words…

Lynx Africa Deodorant.

What’s the inspiration behind the show?

Stories & shenanigans from the past year, such as my poor attempts at dating, weird sex stories, the Kardashians & whatever other topics my immature brain finds funny.

What are your top 3 New Zealand Comedy Festival picks?

Daniel Sloss, Aunty Donna and Joel Creasey

Tell us about your most memorable time on stage?

My first ever show in Edinburgh, Scotland I had the unfortunate luck of having 8 lads on a stag party (bucks night) sitting in the 2nd row. Within 2 minutes they were yelling at me to get my cock out, obviously I said “no but you can if you want”. So some 6ft unit hops onstage & whips out his trouser snake which happened to be the biggest thing I’d ever seen. It was like the hammer of Thor, it put a hole in the floorboards as it smacked into the ground. Everyone laughed but it wasn’t until I was chatting to the front row 20min later when I found out that the front row had three 15 yr olds males… who were about 2 metres away from the tripod.

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

Depends on the heckler & how annoying they are being. Sometimes I’ll just ruin them with a quick one-liner, but if I’m feeling especially malevolent sometimes I’ll turn the house lights on so I get a good look at them then go to town…

What’s your social media of choice?

RedTube probably. Wait I meant YouTube. Both. And Instagram. #LikeCommentSubscribe

Word Association:

Comedy youtube.com/SungaAttack #LikeCommentSubscribe

New Zealand – Churr Cuzzy

Trump – Walking Meme

Holiday Inn #Chingy

Pineapple  haven’t had fruit in 8 yrs tbh.

Sheep lol

And finally, describe the last meal you ate:

Beer from a shoe. (Ate / drank ;).

FRENCHY performed in Auckland as part of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival.  Catch him throughout the country on the following dates:
  • May 20 – Theatre Royal, Nelson
  • May 21 – Civic Theatre, Invercargill
  • May 22 – Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin
  • May 23 – Aurora Centre, Christchurch
  • May 24 – Clarence Street, Hamilton
  • May 26 – The Mayfair, New Plymouth
  • May 27 – Opera House, Wellington
Find out more here.

NZICF 17 | 5 mins with Joel Creasey

He’s sexy, he’s sassy and he’s touted as one of Australia’s funniest stand-ups.  Hell, Joan Rivers once called him “a f**king star”.  
Appearing out of nowhere at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2010, Joel Creasey has quickly built up a cult following and continues to sell out shows every year.  With his intelligent observations, acerbic style and knowledge of pop-culture, Joel will have you in stitches.

Describe your show in three words…

Sexy, sexier, sexiest.

What’s the inspiration behind the show?

My shows are all about pop culture and the year that has been. I’m not one of those comics who is going to challenge the way you view a world issue or do anything too political. I’m just gonna skewer some celebrities and tell you some embarrassing sex stories. You’ll

probably leave dumber but you’ll have a good time.

What are your top 3 festival picks?

Rhys Nicholson, Paul Foot, Aunty Donna

Tell us about your most memorable time on stage?

I used to tour with Joan Rivers. I tell a story in this show about the last time I worked with her that was without doubt the most memorable moment of my life.

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

Have them removed. I’ve got too many stories to get through. I very much take the approach that anybody that comes to my show is safe. I don’t pick on the audience.

Everybody outside of the show though… they’re the ones in trouble.

What’s your social media of choice?

Instagram for sure.

Word Association:

Comedy – Trump

New Zealand – Gorgeous

Trump – Combed

Holiday – Cocktails

Pineapple – Cocktails

Sheep – Cocktails

And finally, describe the last meal you ate:

A cocktail.

JOEL CREASEY 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.

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

NZICF 17 | Adam Hess – The best of Adam Hess

I’m not an alcoholic! I just enjoy it, everyday.

Adam Hess is hilariously funny and he proved this by filling out The Classic’s studio on Thursday night.  His comedic style reflects the mind of a young, adolescent child who has an attention deficit disorder – he starts a story, digresses so far but then manages to make it back for the punchline.  His natural storytelling, paired with his energy and passion make for an unforgettable night of comedy.

On Thursday he greeted the sold-out crowd and began speaking at what felt was 100 kph, probably down to nerves, or maybe the beer he was drinking.  He began by reading his best jokes from his handy notebook, but they were only slightly amusing.  The show really started when he began interacting with the crowd and shared stories ranging from his ex-fiance to the fateful trip to Starbucks.

Make sure you catch him at The Classic tonight.

**** (4.5 stars)

NZICF 17 | Becky Lucas – Little Bitch

Ever had sex with a rucksack on?  Becky has.

Don’t let appearances fool you – this pint-sized comedian will deliver big laughs over her hour-long show.  Becky Lucas returns to NZ with her show, Little Bitch.  

Opening to a packed-out crowd at Auckland’s Backbeat Bar, Becky told us stories about her ex-boyfriends, the guy on Twitter with a blow-up doll, her high school bully (ewww) and the drama teacher who was always critical of her work.

Whilst Becky’s show wasn’t polished, it had that raw energy that delivered a blow at every punchline.  She tamed her hecklers and delivered a great show.  You have until Saturday to catch her in Auckland.

*** (3.5 stars)

NZICF 17 | 5 mins with Bridget Davies & Tom Sainsbury

Bridget Davies & Tom Sainsbury are relatively new to the New Zealand comedy landscape.  Both comedians in their own right and finalists at last year’s Raw Comedy Quest, they’re coming together for 5 nights, for their show ‘At the Drop of a Mic’.  With hilarious tales about everything from single life to relationship life, and trout – they’re promising something for everyone.

Describe your show in three words…

Hilariously funny show

What’s the inspiration behind the show?

Our lives and how ludicrously tragic they are.

What are your top 3 festival picks?

Justine Smith

Brynley Stent’s Gloriavale show

Fan Brigade

Tell us about your most memorable time on stage?

Bridget: Performing stand up on Q Theatre’s main stage.

Tom: The time our set collapsed around us and we just had to keep going.

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

Die on the inside and cry afterwards and give up hope.

What’s your social media of choice?

Facebook

Word Association:

Comedy – Tragedy

New Zealand – Best

Trump – Dickhead

Holiday – Sleep

Pineapple – Lumps

Sheep – Baa

And finally, describe the last meal you ate:

Bridget: Hasn’t eaten yet today.

Tom: Neither.

BRIDGET DAVIES & TOM SAINSBURY perform at Basement Studio, Lower Greys Ave, Tue 2 – Sat 6 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

NZCIF16 | Ismo Leikola – Observing the Obvious

Successful and hard-working comedian both at home and abroad,  Ismo Leikola is not a name one easily forgets, nor would one want to.  The funny man from Finland is a must-see hit of the International Comedy Fest, and has been selling out the Classic all week.

Ismo’s genius is his ability to take the most mundane aspects of day-to-day life and spin them into quirky anecdotes that scream at the absurdities of modern culture.  Looking at the rest of the world from a Finnish point of view somehow makes everything we say and do seem ridiculous. 

From toilet to toiletry-humour, the ever-progressing state of mobile apps, the confusing subject that is the British measuring system, and the absurdities of the English language with their silent letters, Ismo casts a glaringly ‘obvious’ light on the illogicalities of our everyday existence. 

When a man with a heavy accent travels from the other side of the world to speak to a room full of Kiwis about the most boring aspects of their lives, in theory it shouldn’t really work.  But somehow, this did.  From sex-adaptors to silent letters, alcoholic uncle-cats to squirrels, Ismo had the Classic in the palm of his ring-bearing hands.  

4 Stars  ****

FIN!

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