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NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Liv McKenzie

Liv McKenzie: comedian, feminist, dreamer. Always acting first and thinking never, Liv ran from Christchurch to NYC to chase the American dream: and she’s back to tell you about it. We caught up with her ahead of her shows.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Groundbreaking, iconic, anti-inflammatory

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I moved to New York last year, and I feel that I am both “Living the Dream” and also in a stress nightmare that there is no waking up from 🙂

Where will we find you at the festival?
Outside the Queen Street Maccas, fighting seagulls for dropped chips

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Super Like!

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Ray Motherfucking Shipley, James Mustapic, and Mel Bracewell, because her show is on at the same time as mine, so I’m hoping it sells out and people will be forced to come to mine

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Shrek

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Schitt’s Creek because Catherine O’Hara is a revahlaaaaaation. I also just finished rewatching Sex and the City, because it’s the cheapest way to enjoy New York

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Hard Feelings/Loveless by Lorde, Mad by Solange, and the national anthem of white people, Mr Brightside by the Killers

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Masturbate less frantically

Word Association:
Comedy – Coming
New Zealand – Out
Adulting – Of
Basic – My
Trend – Cage
Joke – AND I’VE BEEN DOING JUST FINE

Liv McKenzie performs in her show ‘Living The Dream’ as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Jimmy McGhie

The English poster boy for white male privilege is back again with a brand-new show full of the usual complaints and foolish hopes.

Jimmy McGhie has been doing stand-up for well over a decade, kick-starting his career after reaching the finals of the prestigious ‘BBC New Talent’ competition and at a Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival back in 2005. Since then, he’s worked full time as a stand-up comedian performing on television, radio and across the UK and international comedy circuit. We caught up with Jimmy ahead of his fourth run at the NZ International Comedy Festival.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Hilarious.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. (google it)

Where will we find you at the festival?
Hopefully shitfaced on Waiheke island or recovering at Fed Deli.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I don’t swipe. The NZ comedy scene however is awesome. Everyone is incredibly friendly and encouraging and that cannot be said for some other places!

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
The Big Show will be awesome and also Paul Sinha, hands down one of the best stand ups in the UK.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
‘Hotel California’…or in my case ‘Travelodge Nottingham’.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I have just rewatched Mad Men. Third time through. I really don’t think there will be anything better.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
I do not use Spotify. I buy albums. Currently I am obsessed with Richard Swift and am enjoying something of a Beck renaissance.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Probably lie on a bed, in the dark for 6-8 hours feeling really weird.

World Association:
Comedy – Job, passion, hobby, curse
New Zealand – Green and pleasant land.
Adulting – Existential angst and semi-permanent disappointment.
Basic – Most popular culture.
Trend – Non applicable.
Joke – Weapon

Jimmy McGhie returns to NZ with his show ‘Need(y)’ as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 19 | Tim Batt & Disasteradio: Space Couch

New Zealand’s own Tim Batt teams up with Lower Hutt’s finest musical talent (Luke Rowell) to present ‘Space Couch’  – a live comedy chat show that encompasses all things topical; from politics to pilates.

This off-the-wall 55 minute (or beyond) show is like a zip-liner for your attention, shooting at you straight from our endeared home of theatre – The Basement.

Tackling everything from the interminable life of ‘The Simpsons’, previous employment revelations, proletarian veganism and facts you didn’t ‘know’ you needed to know ….  tangent lines being as divergent as Snow White to The Beatles

Hot on the heels of a downfall most public, that of prolific chat-show host, Jeremy Kyle – this show could not have been any more well-timed, albeit with a refreshing twist!  Tim Batt is as engaging and animated as ever, with his informative delivery, great rapport and energetic chemistry with partner-in-crime, Disasteradio.

A few local heroes/celebrity guests made an appearance on the infamous couch; comedian Hamish Parkinson and his mum Lynette (endearingly referred to as Nonny), our national treasure Claire Chitham (Shortland Street/Fresh Eggs) and although they were charming and loveable,  I did wonder how a non-local would embrace such specific personalities and fodder, as I personally felt that the conversation veered off on in a direction, that at times seemed somewhat clique’ and specific to those only close to the guests themselves …

But trivial things aside, it was a warm and light-hearted night out, and I appreciated the off-beat banter and quirkiness of the show’s format.  Disasteradio was great with his unscripted probing, amiable swordplay with Tim and of course, his computer genius.  I especially related and was most bemused by the duo’s most charmingly underwhelming homage to J-Ville …

Space Couch is full of comical quips, random snippets from fellow comedians & family and not-to-be-forgotten, most important reflections from Space Couch himself, and though entertaining, had the vibe presented from the beginning followed through to the end, my attentions may have been entangled just that little bit more.

‘Space Couch’ is part of the NZ International Comedy Festival and is currently showing:  Wednes 15 – Sat 18 May @Basement Theatre.

Don’t miss out!  3 stars ***

NZICF19 | 5 mins with Ivan Aristeguieta

Ivan Aristeguieta is a Venezuelan-born, Australian-based award-winning comedian who has performed sold-out shows across the world, including opening for Chopper right across Australia, and a sold-out run in his NZ debut for the NZICF 2018. He returns to NZ with his new show, The Fourth Floor.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Damn funny!

What’s the inspiration behind it?
It’s my yearly report on my life. This year I’ll be turning 40, I’m moving to the fourth floor.

Where will we find you at the festival?
Q Theatre, Auckland and Te Auaha – Tapere Nui (Big Theatre) in Wellington.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Right

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
James Roque, Aaron Chen, Becky Lucas

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Happy Gilmore

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Tree with deep roots. A Korean action packed soap opera based on the creation of the Korean Alphabet.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
New York state of mind, 19 Dias y 500 Noches, Pedro Navaja.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Walk I like to walk.

Word Association:
Comedy – the way of enlightenment
New Zealand –  Korean Food
Adulting –  Sciatic Nerve
Basic – caustic soda
Trend –  Kombucha
Joke –  Fart

Ivan Aristeguieta returns to NZ with ‘The Fourth Floor’, performing in Wellington on May 12 and Auckland from May 14-18 as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Tim Batt

Fulfilling a childhood dream, award-winning Kiwi comedian, Tim Batt returns to the NZ International Comedy Festival with Space Couch, a live chat show nobody asked for. Described as exciting, unpredictable and hilarious (or big,  dumb,  fun), Tim and his sidekick, Disasteradio will be joined each night by a slew of surprisingly top-shelf celebrities, live music and guest comedians – think Fallon, but not shit.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Big. Dumb. Fun.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
American late night chat shows (Conan, Letterman, Kimmel) and the shows that mock them (Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, The Eric Andre Show).

Where will we find you at the festival?
Sitting at a children’s desk interviewing very cool celebrities and watching very cool guest comedians in Auckland and Wellington!

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I’m a married man and do not know which swipe is Approve. But it’s just say, I’d **** the **** out of the NZ Comedy Scene on the first date.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
GO SEE NEWER COMEDIANS! It’s way more exciting because you might be at the debut show of a future superstar. Here’s some people you may not know who I think are fantastic: Kura Forrester, Harry Thompson-Cook, Jack Ansett, Ruby Esther, Uther Dean.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Tommy Ill – New Car Money

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I Think You Should Leave, Love, Death and Robots, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Disasteradio – You Win, Herbie Hancock – Gentle Feelings,Sly and The Family Stone – Spaced Cowboy

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I hate sleep. I’d love that extra time to make more things! Podcasts, web shows, live comedy shows, everything. I’D MAKE MORE STUFF!

Word Association:
Comedy – Life
New Zealand – Best
Adulting – Over-rated
Basic – Java
Trend – Woosh
Joke – Knock…

Tim Batt is joined by Disasteradio and can be found hosting “Space Couch” as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 19 | Paul Sinha: A Stand-Up Comedy NZ Premiere

He’s a man that needs no introduction because if like me, you’ve watched ITV’s The Chase, Paul Sinha “The Sinnerman” has been introduced by Bradley Walsh many times.

People of all ages and cultures squeezed into The Classic comedy club on Wednesday evening to see the comedian with all the answers, Paul Sinha. The trained medical doctor turned comedian, who is currently ranked as the UK’s #4 best quizzer, delivered an intelligent and often hilarious one hour show; his comedic delivery style like listening to a very intelligent, very funny friend.

Paul shares time-lined events from his life that have contributed to the man he is today. Starting with 1968 when his parents moved the family from India to the UK, coming out as a young gay man to his parents and friends, changing careers as a doctor to comedian and quiz show chaser, through to his recent engagement to his partner Oliver (currently ranked #11 in the UK’s quiz world). Paul is happy and spread this happiness with a room full of patrons who learnt that he is more than just sarcasm in a suit.

4 Stars (****)

The Classic season in Auckland for Paul Sinha has sold out, but due to demand a new show has been added at Skycity Theatre Auckland on Sunday 19 May at 7pm. Buy your tickets here.

Or if you are lucky enough you may still find tickets to his show at Te Auaha – Tapere Nui (Big Theatre) in Wellington. Buy your tickets here.

 

For more comedy head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 19 | Brendon Green: Of Consequence

Packed into the Basement Theatre Brendon Green welcomes guests whilst strumming on his guitar! With a retro amp and a Hogwarts sign, let’s see what this guy is all about.

A mix of traditional stand up, interlaced with quirky songs, his skilful storytelling is where he really shines, following a well trodden path of wordplay and anecdotes; there were a few big laughs and plenty of chuckles as he weaved in his recent engagement as the thread throughout the show and his final song forming an hilarious finale. Yet despite this the show just seemed lacking somehow and left me wondering if I wanted to give him a brotherly hug or take him out for a beer!
Perhaps not his best show, but suffice to say (stealing his own line!), ‘He left the room in an ok condition!’

3/5 stars