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NZICF 18 | Dot Con

James Veitch…A Giant Gummy Lizard’s nightmare!

Known for his love for ducks, investment tips in hummus, and views on the internet; British comedian James Veitch performed the last show of his 2018 Australasian tour in front of a sold-out crowd at Auckland’s Q Theatre (it has to be noted, he was in the biggest venue at Q!).

To be a comedian who has presented a TED talk (and the fastest ever to reach over two million views!) is an accolade to admire, thus it was no surprise his Kiwi fans were of all ages and demographics. The hour of hilarity that ensued were the antics of a conman to conmen. If there was one thing to learn from the show, it was; don’t mess with James unless you have time to spare!

Dot Con is a fitting title for the show as James explores his tryst with scammers; from Solomon Odonkoh who wants to move gold, to his American friend Alex’s email account being hacked (they’ll always have Tuscany).

The show is dotted with stories both old and new and fans were delighted either way. James has the ability to breakdown an email chain and reenact the bond he’s formed with the scammer in a way that audiences appreciate.

Dot Con was a show not to be missed and can easily be labelled as one of my favourites for this year’s International Comedy season. It’s easy to see why his videos have gained over 12m views on YouTube.

5 stars.

NZICF 18 | What A Country!

A word of advice: next time Wilson Dixon is in town, go see him. Laughs are guaranteed, and you’re going to walk out satisfied whether you like his country style of music or not.

If you haven’t seen him before, Dixon blends comedy with music, performing country songs with impressively clever lyrics and breaking them up with some seriously great banter. His whole persona revolves around the United States, from the Western accent (though he’s actually a Kiwi) to the outfit (cowboy boots, check; cowboy hat, check; vintage sunglasses, check).

The topic of Dixon’s new show builds on this theme, placing the United States under a spotlight and questioning its many quirks, from Trump to the stereotype of “redneck” Americans. Songs such as Ain’t No Good provide hilarious – and astute – insight into real issues such as heartbreak, blind dating and domestic disagreements.

Perhaps what is best about Dixon’s performance, however, is the deadpan manner with which he performs his entire set. You’d be lucky to see this man crack a smile, and not once does his tone range from anything but mild, nor his pace stray from its consistent slowness. There’s an art to that, for sure.

Dixon certainly isn’t new to the comedy scene, but this could just be his greatest act yet.

Wilson Dixon plays 1 – 15 May at Auckland’s Q Theatre as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo. Buy your tickets now.

NZICF 18 | G.O.D (God. Oil. Drugs)

Who says you have to go to church to hear a sermon?

Being heralded as the UK’s answer to Chris Rock, our expectations for Dane’s debut NZ show were high …and he didn’t disappoint.

Gracing the stage to Stormzy, Dane opened his sermon by stating he likes to educate; not just entertain. He then divulged into growing up black in a Catholic household. What followed was an hour of side splitting comedy of observations that contribute to not living in an equal society.

Dane compared the double standards of gender neutrality, fair trade chocolate, and foodies. He also deeply analysed growing up to TLC’s 90’s chart topping single, No Scrubs and how it contributed to a lack of getting girls.

Dane has a unique talent for delivering punchlines and relating to the audience, a talent which only a select group of comedians have mastered. I’d say that he’s my generation’s answer to Eddie Murphy in his prime.

5 stars.

NZICF 18 | Alexis Dubus vs the World

A pleasant hour of orchestrated confusion sums up Alexis Dubus verses the world.

Dressed in a velour suit and armed with a miniature ukulele, Dubus started the show with his song, ‘Versus the World’. A fitting theme song for an hour filled with poems, spoken word, song, and witty humour, all performed in a variety of styles.

An ode to Grain Waves, a hatred of Bananas, and To be a Comic, were just some of the poems recited during the show. Dubus played a subdued, graceful character on stage; a stark contrast to his alter-ego, Marcel Lucont.

His poetic stories were clearly inspired by his travels as comic; often grounded and of low-status. His poem, ‘To be a Comic’, was a reflective piece revealing the truth behind making it as a comic, the polar opposite of the perceived glitz and glamour of show business. And his stories of staying in a hostel in Perth revealed the realities of his life on the road.

A special mention must be made of his performance of Never confuse Shampoo with Champagne, it was one even Sinatra would be proud of!

Like a box of chocolates, there’s always a selection that isn’t as good as the others. The show delivered but there were aspects that didn’t work for me. However, the tone and laughs were consistent throughout.

Alexis Dubus is an elegant wordsmith and a master at manipulating the English language. The orchestrated confusion made it a pleasant show to watch.

3.5 stars.

Read our interview with Alexis.

See Alexis Dubis in Alexis Dubus vs the World in Auckland 28 April and Wellington 8 – 12 May.  Buy your tickets here.

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.