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NZICF 18 | 5 mins with El Jaguar

Originally from the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico, luchador wrestler turned comic, El Jaguar is returning to New Zealand with a brand new show, Telenovela. Be prepared to weep on command, get caught up in a love triangle, grow a thin moustache, and fall in love with all the characters and their cheesy accents.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Melodrama! Margaritas! Mexicans!

What’s the inspiration behind it?
The desire to write, direct, and star in my own Mexican soap opera.

Where will we find you during the festival?
If not in a death battle with Giapo the gelato king, then probably flyering my show on Queen Street.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
El Jaguar swipes both ways.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Is Foster Brooks coming?

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
If ‘Shape of Water’ had Dwayne Johnson playing all the characters.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Season 5 of M*A*S*H.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
“Weird” Al’s Hamilton Polka,Xanadu” by ONJ, and the Coco Soundtrack.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Probably sleep. Or frozen Cokes.

World Association:
Comedy- piñatas
New Zealand – laser kiwi
Woke – snooze button
Adulting – food porn
Basic – as
Trend – Minature Schnauzer crossed with a Malteaser.
Joke – see above.

El Jaguar plays 16 – 19 May at Auckland’s The Classic as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo. Buy your tickets now.

NZICF | 5 mins with The Umbilical Brothers

Aussie duo, The Umbilical Brothers, return to New Zealand with their latest live show, Not Suitable for Children. Inspired by that time they created a kids TV show for the Sesame Workshop in the US; the show is packed with violence, sexual references, innuendos, coarse language, and maybe some face painting…. And you guessed it, it’s most definitely, Not Suitable for Children! We chat to them ahead of their shows.

Describe your show in three words or less..
Fry your brain

What’s the inspiration behind it?
We made a kids’ TV show for Sesame Workshop in the US. All the while our comedy brains were thinking about things that could go wrong. The result is a really wrong live kids’ show – so wrong that it’s not for kids.

Where will we find you during the festival?
Hopefully nowhere near children. That came out wrong…I mean no kids should see this show. Apart from that, we’ll probably hang around a lot at the classic, failing to be as cool as the stand-up comics.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Which is the good one? Look, we wouldn’t dare take any kind of swipe at NZ comedy. You’re the only ones qualified to swipe, even if it is incestuous.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Luke Heggie, Urzila Carlson, Jimmy McGhie, Guy Montgomery, Aunty Donna, any act you’ve never heard of (it’s important to try new things), and if you’ve got any time or money left – us.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Stuck in the Middle With You

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
A screen showing the words “You do not have access to this service”

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Further Than Planes Fly (Eves Karydas), Genesis (Justice), Watch You Go (Tyne-James Organ)

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Awesome! I’d take the opportunity to catch up on some sleep.

World Association:
Comedy – Debatable
New Zealand – Original Zealand OK, but not as scenic as New.
Woke – Groggy but alive
Adulting – Just Kidding
Basic – Double-bassic
Trend – Vicious dinosaur attack
Joke – Trending New Zealand Comedy more Woke than Basic Adulting Joke

The Umbilical Brothers play 15 – 19 May at Auckland’s Rangatira at Q as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo. Buy your tickets now.

 

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with James Malcolm

He’s young, he’s gay, and he’s a two-time (2016 & 2018) nominee of the prestigious Billy T Awards. James Malcolm, the self-proclaimed Taylor Swift of the NZ Comedy Scene (they both write about their ex-boyfriends!) brings his show, Fameless to this year’s NZ International Comedy Festival. Expect a detailed account of his quest to become famous, including the sexapades along the way.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Wannabe Gay Icon

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I’m very, very thirsty and want to become famous, but I’m stuck on the cusp where I get all of the creepy stalkers and none of the glory. The show is all about my journey so far trying to become a celebrity, and also about my sex life, because that’s just kind of what I do.

Where will we find you during the festival?
I’ll be at Q Theatre Vault in Auckland, 7pm, 15-19th May. Te Auaha in Wellington, 8:45pm, 1-5th May.

NZ Comedy Scene – who would you swipe right or swipe left?
I would swipe right for James Roque, Guy Montgomery, Paul Williams and David Correos with his new hot bod and swipe left for everyone else (sorry ladies)

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
My gay baes: James Mustapic (Mildly Wild), Eli Matthewson (An Inconvenient Poof), Chris Parker (Camp Binch), Tom Sainsbury (Self Helped) – we should start a boyband to be completely honest.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
The movie Chicago has nothing to do with my life, except that I am the male version of Roxy Hart and could totally see myself getting in her situation.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I’m re-watching Please Like Me for the 3rd time in a row, it is exactly the kind of TV show I dream of making one day.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
I know this is very polarising, but I’m an Apple Music Goddess, however my top 3 at the moment are: Gorgeous – Taylor Swift, Braces – Paul Williams, and Bang Me Box – Miley Cyrus

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would probably spend a large chunk of the time watching ‘Best of Aja’ compilations on YouTube and thinking about how she should have won RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3.

World Association:
Comedy – Suzanne Paul
New Zealand – Suzanne Paul
Woke – Suzanne Paul
Adulting – Suzanne Paul
Basic – Suzanne Paul
Trend – Suzanne Paul
Joke – Suzanne Paul

James Malcolm plays 1 – 5 May at Wellington’s Te Auaha and 15 – 19 May at Auckland’s Q Theatre as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo.  Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Sarah Callaghan

Award-winning British comedian, Sarah Callaghan is making her way to New Zealand for the first time this NZ International Comedy Festival. A true powerhouse in comedy and poetry, her show promises an hour filled with laughs about gangs, fitting right in and feeling left out.

Describe your show in three words or less..
Very fucking good.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
The world is fucked, and people are becoming more and more segregated and I’m just calling out the bullshit whilst reflecting on my own passions and life. I’m trying to do something different this year as well as it being a very funny and heartfelt show.

Where will we find you during the festival?
Eating or sleeping.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I have never been but heard it’s pretty sexy so I’d give it a ‘super like’. #cometomyfuckingshow

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
I like Rhys Nicholson’s stuff. He makes me laugh a lot! But he’s doing pretty well at the moment so just come to my show instead. My show is my top pick.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
The opening scene of Saving Private Ryan.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Ricky Gervais’ show Humanity. I saw it live at The Hammersmith Apollo in London too – it was incredible.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Kendrick Lamar – DNA
Chvrches – Get Out
Drake – God’s Plan

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would love to say ‘gig more’ or ‘write a new project’ but realistically I would just procrastinate for longer.

World Association:
Comedy – tragedy
New Zealand – mountains
Woke – illuminati
Adulting – depression
Basic – bitch
Trend – dab
Joke – lame

Sarah Callaghan plays Wellington’s The Fringe Bar 1 – 5 May, and Auckland’s Q Theatre 9 – 12 May as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo.  Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Lauren Pattison

One of UK’s fastest rising stars, Lauren Pattison, is bringing her acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show, Lady Muck, to New Zealand. Lady Muck explores how to embrace your flaws and learn to love the skin you’re in. A fresh and fierce female voice; it’s an hour of empower! We caught up with Lauren ahead of her international tour.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Brutally honest + fiesty

What’s the inspiration behind it?
It was inspired by a break up but most importantly it was spurred on by the realisation that I rely on others to feel good about myself when I need that ability myself.

Where will we find you during the festival?
At the bar. But more specifically, if you want to find my comedy I’ll be at The Classic with my solo. I’ll also be appearing on The Big Show and Comedy All Stars so keep an eye out!

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Swipe right! It’s all new to me so I feel like I’ve got lots of exploring to do

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Phil Wang, Dane Baptiste, Larry Dean & Fern Brady are some of the UK’s finest acts and I’d highly recommend catching any of their shows.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
A Series Of Unfortunate Events

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Nailed It. It’s essentially a show of people who can’t bake trying to bake elaborate things and spectacularly failing. Joyous.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
The Greatest Showman soundtrack is all I am currently listening to.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
All the jobs that I put off doing to nap instead.

World Association:
Comedy – Laughter
New Zealand – Exciting
Woke – Sleep
Adulting – Insufferable
Basic – Bitches
Trend – Setter
Joke – THIEVES

Lauren Pattison plays 28 Apr – 5 May at Auckland’s The Classic as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo. Buy your tickets here.

 

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Alexis Dubus

A man, a poet, a lyricist, and a comical genius, Alexis Dubus’ returns to Auckland for his latest show, ‘Alexis Dubus versus the World’. A mix of iffy wordplay, stand-up, verse, and first rate bullshit, this show has been shortlisted for the Best Comedy Award 2018. We caught up with Alexis in between vocal training and episodes of Transparent on Netflix.

Describe your show in three words or less..
Jokes, poems, yes

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I thought I’d take a break from making shows with a narrative arc, purpose or point. I watched John Hegley doing an hour of absolute joy and nonsense at a UK festival and realised why I got into comedy in the first place.

Where will we find you during the festival?
April 27th & 28th – Vault at Q Theatre, Auckland (7pm)
May 8th – 12th – The Fringe Bar, Wellington (8.30pm)

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Oh, I think the NZ Comedy Scene deserves a classier reception than that. I’d take it out, get to know it, and form an opinion of it based on its overall personality, attitude and manners.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Andy Zaltzman has one of the finest minds on the circuit, haloed by one of the finest hairstyles, I’m very excited to see what The Fan Brigade have composed this year and if you think I’m missing Jesse Griffin’s Late Night Jazz Scat you’ve got another thing coming.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Do Your Best And Don’t Worry – Morrissey

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I’m a bit late to it, but Transparent is ridiculously watchable, often through the fingers.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Current favourites are:
Bad Losers On Yahoo! Chess by Half Man Half Biscuit
Two Pints Of Rasa by Sultans Of Ping FC
Wizard Bounce by Ed Harcourt

When I’m away from home for a long time, I need the occasional bout of British silliness in my ears.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Night sledging.

World Association:
Comedy – Dromedary
New Zealand – Zoo Kneeling
Woke – Croak
Adulting – Bad culting
Basic – Facelick
Trend – Scrend
Joke – Floke

Alexis Dubus plays 27 & 28 at Auckland’s Q Theatre and 8 – 12 May at Wellington’s The Fringe Bar as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo. Buy your tickets here.

 

 

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Alex Williamson

After selling out shows in Sydney, Australian comedian, Alex Williamson brings his unique brand of comedy to this year’s festival. A twisted outlook that will question your faith in humanity before resorting it ever so slightly; “So Wrong, it’s Wrong” promises something for everyone…. unless you’re an 85 year old church goer. We caught up with Alex before he heads our way.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Twisted, yet inspiring.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I’ve definitely drawn upon a lot of my own life experiences. There’s a lot of truth to this show, and less made up stories, because you don’t forget the truth – which helps when you’re a stoned guy on stage.

Where will we find you during the festival?
I’ll just be in Auckland at Rangatira Q Theatre (I really want to hit Wellington, Christchurch & various other places later in the year). You’ll probably see me up K Road with a bag full of drug paraphernalia.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I can’t remember which is the “I wanna date you” swipe direction (I haven’t had Tinder in a while). But whatever that direction is, I’d swipe!

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Go check out Aunty Donna’s live stage insanity extravaganza.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
The Disaster Artist. Probably how every Youtuber feels.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Documentary series on Prohibition in the States. Probably one of the worst atrocities in history.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
1) John Farnham- You’re the Voice.
2) John Farnham- You’re the Voice.
3) John Farnham- You’re the Voice.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Study sleep patterns of sleeping people and wonder to myself why these idiots have to do it.

World Association:
Comedy – Abduction
New Zealand – Steep
Woke – Up
Adulting – Adultery
Basic – Me
Trend – Bullshit
Joke – Blank

Alex Williamson plays 27 & 28 April at Auckland’s Q Theatre as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo. Buy your tickets here.