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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 | 5 mins with Fern Brady

After selling out shows at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Scottish comedian, Fern Brady is making her NZ debut with her whip-smart, bold, brash, and sometimes brutal show, Suffer Fools. Expect passionate honesty intertwined with views on politics and personal relationships. As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats (in case you’ve never heard of it, that’s a big deal!).

Describe your show in three words or less…
Honest, blunt, dark

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I was wishing I was thinner then I realised the two times in my life when I’ve been proper skinny were the two unhappiest times of my life where I was nuts, so I wrote a show about it. I’m not really selling it, but I swear it’s funny and it’s the first show I’ve done where a lot of women came to see me, before that I was almost exclusively getting a lot of bearded gamer guys (you’re all still welcome, by the way).

Where will we find you during the festival?
In a basement, apparently.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I know this is about a dating app but I’ve been going out with someone so long I haven’t used the apps, I’ve only ever met people the olden days way of getting drunk and lunging at them.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
I want to see Rose Matafeo

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
The film Fish Tank except I haven’t pumped Michael Fassbender.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I didn’t think I’d like a wrestling show, but I loved Glow and Marc Maron is shockingly good in it.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Sticky – Ravyn Lenae, Strangers – Sigrid, Ready for the Magic – Honeyblood

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Read celebrity blind items on the internet or really dark Reddit threads about people’s worst secrets.

World Association:
Comedy – Tragedy
New Zealand – coffee
Woke – Dunno
Adulting – I hate this word so much
Basic – Australians
Trend – Me
Joke – Yes

Fern Brady plays 27 & 28 Apr at Auckland’s Basement Theatre 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.

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Aiken Hutcheson

Wellington native, and NZ’s third funniest tall white comedian, Aiken Hutcheson is back with his latest show, Tallflower.  Audiences can expect an awkward, complicated, and comical show that mixes storytelling, offbeat conversations, and punchy one-liners. Aiken is no stranger to the NZ Comedy Festival, having sold out performances as one half of Unaccompanied Adults in 2017. We caught up with Aiken ahead of this year’s festival.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Boisterous lanky strangeness

What’s the inspiration behind it?
It’s mostly based around being incredibly tall, but not really standing out socially, a bit of the irony around that, the odd mention of our tall poppy syndrome problem, and a fun butt-tonne of tangents.

Where will we find you during the festival?
When I’m not on stage in the Cellar at Q Theatre at 7:15pm April 27th and 28th (plug plug), either side of the bar at The Classic (I work there as a bartender and light and sound tech), or up in the tech booth laughing obnoxiously loud.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Right. New Zealand’s comedy scene is the sexiest minx around, full of young eager talent and experienced CILFs. Comedians I’d Like to…… friendship….. yeah.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Definitely the two other young comics doing their first solo shows on the same nights as me in the same venue, Bridget Davies and Inosi Colavanua. We’re going to set up a promo code for tickets to all three shows, so look out for that.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Externally, probably the Perks of being a Wallflower. Internally, a bit more Ace Ventura Pet Detective. Confused? Me too. Constantly.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Archer and Brooklyn Nine Nine. On an infinite loop.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Make or Break by Bugzy Malone, The Lying Eyes of Miss Erray by I the Mighty, and King for a Day by Pierce the Veil. Again, no consistency. I’m cheerful as anything, but my music taste tends to imply I should be calling some kind of hotline.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Same as usual: procrastinate while internally beating myself up for not writing comedy. Either that, or finding a way to turn Mt Eden into a huuuuuuuuuge dog sanctuary.

World Association:
Comedy – gorgeous torture
New Zealand – comfortable
Woke – pretentious
Adulting – over-rated
Basic – my Instagram feed (its all puppers and doggos)
Trend – preferably upwards. See: my comedy career
Joke – my love life

Aiken Hutcheson performs 27 & 28 April at Q Theatre, as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo.  Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 18 | Billy T Jams

The NZ International Comedy Festival is nearly upon us, and after the Billy T James preview, I can safely say that it’s going to be fantastic. With few exceptions, the Billy T award nominees list for 2018 is female-dominated, and – if the audience is anything to go by – you will love every minute of it.

Standout performances were hard to pick, but I can’t stop thinking about Two Hearts ‘slutty ghost’ pop pastiche, Donna Brookbanks reverse scuba-suit striptease, or Melanie Bracewell’s utterly toweringly relatable dating adventures. If you like your laughter controversial, you’ll also enjoy Alice Snedden’s provocative humour, while in a night studded with sass, James Malcolm simply shone.
Fans hoping for a taste of last year’s winner’s uniquely creepy comedic stylings were rewarded with a closer from the truly unique Angella Dravid, while previous winner Rhys Matheson made triple duty look easy as warm-up man, emcee and comedy pro in his own right. You’ve been warned – now check the programme and book, because the future is female, with a stellar future.
The NZICF runs from 26th April – 20th May 2018. For a full line-up of shows in NZ Ithe Festival, as well as all further information head to the Comedy Fest website.