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been | The Pickle King

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To celebrate their 20th Anniversary, Indian Ink Theatre Company – whose humble beginnings saw them in a rehearsal space in Wellington – have chosen to share their highly acclaimed The Pickling King with audiences across New Zealand.

The story centres around two hotel workers, an overbearing Ammachy (South Indian aunty), a mysterious guest and a haunting piano player, in what was once the finest hotel in town. Like a pickled onion, as you peel the layers, the play explores socially taboo subjects, which kiwis have come to accept and Indians don’t want to discuss.

Indian Ink’s founder, Jacob Rajan has passed the baton for this anniversary tour; with Vanessa Kumar (Boys Will Be Boys, Peter Pan) and Kalyani Nagarajan (The Brokenwood Mysteries 3, Polo) taking the helm, along with Andrew Ford (Le Sud, The Lady Killers) and Ayrton Foote on piano.

Ford as the pickle man and Kumar as the overbearing aunt give a strong performance and will have the audience in fits of laughter.

It’s easy to see how this show has won so many awards – it’s better than poppadum’s with mango pickle! Catch it at Q Theatre until Saturday 19 August.

been | The Effect

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The impressive and inspiring collaborative force – Fractious Tash, have undoubtedly put themselves on the thespian radar; introducing to Q-Theatre’s 2017 Matchbox Season, the raw uninhibited and compelling production of “The Effect” – a play by the reputable Lucy Prebble (Secret Diary of a Call Girl), and directed by the visionary Benjamin Henson.

An unlikely love-story, set within the cold, confining parameters of a clinical drug-trial.  It’s subjects; the wry, cynical yet stoic heroine Connie (Jessie Lawrence), cast athwart the upbeat and lovable Irish rogue, Tristan (Daniel Watterson).

A great set, minimalist yet detailed.  It’s characters were immediately engaging; my companion taking a little longer to warm to them, but within minutes, was as transfixed as I, with a script so intelligent and absorbing, brought to life by such magnetic acting talent.

The inevitable attraction between these two polar opposites, are triggered by a clinical trial that they have both knowingly entered into, overseen by Dr Lorna (Sheena Irving) and Dr Toby (Will Wallace), who themselves, are most interesting personas through their portrayal of undeniable sexual attraction, that is yet restrained by the realities of life and own mental-awareness.

Confronting and powerful messages about love and it’s all-consuming hold over us, both mentally and physically, are ideas that are challenged by it’s integral characters; can certain chemicals induce or affect our innermost thoughts?  Or are we best left to allow our emotions to develop, and to deal with or overcome the consequences naturally, no matter how painful or challenging they may be …. ?

Sheena Irving is outstanding in her portrayal of the empathetic but emotionally troubled psychotherapist,  alongside such thought-provoking and incredibly relevant dialogue between the rest of the equally talented cast, surrounding the issue of mental illness and the important role that drugs play in how we deal with them as individuals.

Daniel Watterson and Jessie Lawrence wowed, with their intense passion and believable interpretation of love, which had me so involved, if not perhaps, emotionally a bit wrought at the end, yet delivered with great intention and just the right dose of humor to avert the classic Tragedy genre.   The only irony now being, I think I may be safer sticking to Tinder then messing with any love inducing chemicals …   :)

The Effect is now showing @ Q Theatre – Loft.  August 1-12

NZICF | Frenchy Unleashed

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Frenchy’s show can be describe in two words: pure evil.
Having followed his presence online for a while I was somewhat prepared for a show of filthy, lewd and most likely offensive jokes. I wasn’t disappointed.
The lanky Australian bounded onstage at the Q Theatre and launched straight into it. Content ranged from religion and sex fails to Tinder stories and the Kardashians. Highlights included two surprisingly good raps and one severe telling-off of a persistent talker. He also played a couple of hilarious tunes on the guitar, which was a good way of breaking things up.
The man’s humour is gnarly, in the best way. He’s got a rough wit that causes the odd wince but gets the hearty laughs rolling in nonetheless. The show was very well executed, running smoothly while still allowing time for audience interaction, at which Frenchy excels. If you don’t mind excessive amounts of swearing, graphic sexual material and some semi-offensive jokes, Frenchy is definitely worth a watch.
**** 4/5 stars
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 Frenchy

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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 | Justine Smith – An Hour Roughly

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Justine Smith is probably best described as a raconteuse.

The chill of an Auckland Autumn night became a distant memory as we packed into Vault at Q Theatre for an hour of hair-raising tales and no-holds-barred humour, spiced with frequent colourful language and served with lashings of opinionated style. The show flies by and feels like a fraction of a night out with an entertaining, lively new best friend.

Loosely based around the theme of Nature and Nurture, Justine’s show opens with a musical introduction to her family – in fact, family is a recurring theme throughout the evening, as she explores the story of her adoption in sometimes brutally honest style.

Justine’s time spent travelling in her twenties and, later, working in the hospitality industry have sharpened her banter like none other. Life, love, travel, work, men and children – no subject is safe from her hilariously frank observations and sharp-tongued opinions.

Go and see her if you like your stories lurid and your laughs frequent – just maybe don’t ask her about the third time she got arrested… Get tickets HERE.

3/5 Stars

JUSTINE SMITH performs at Vault at Q Theatre until Saturday May 20th as part of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival from 27 April – 21 May. For the full line-up of shows in the Festival head to the Comedy Fest website!

NZICF 17 | 5 mins with Joel Creasey

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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 | Tim Muller – Laugh Now, Google Later

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In an age where we have to sift through all the ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ it can be a challenge to identify credible sources of information. Lucky for us, Tim Müller is not only a refreshingly witty comedian, but he’s also an actual freaking scientist! And in his hour-long show, Tim manages to simultaneously school and entertain his audience with a blend of fast paced facts and slick, clever humour. Get ready for a proper dose of comed-ucation!

From the get-go Tim is clearly a man of many talents, from making his own introduction to the stage to warming up the crowd with his laughable Google searches he left up on the screen for all to see. Tim greets the crowd and seems like a genuinely nice guy, to the point where he even gets to know his front row audience by name. He then delves into his day job as a scientist, and encourages the crowd to partake in a fact-checking challenge whilst offering us instant gratification with the help of marshmallows.

Tim intelligently weaves in facts into his act, like scientists confirming the equation of Pi to 22.7 trillion digits or the fact that 97 per cent of human DNA matches that of the Orangutan, while providing great commentary on these nuggets of info. He also has a fresh way of relating political and social themes back to his home life as a father of two girls, and gives us such insights like building walls with toy blocks and expecting your neighbour to pay for it, or serenading us with feminist alternative endings to nursery rhymes, which make them more hilariously accurate.  Tim’s final musical act is stand-out where more audience interaction is encouraged to use Google to discredit his song filled with fake news.

Tim’s energy and delivery ranges from softly spoken, easy going Southerner to slightly mad scientist in a split second, which is highly entertaining. And although at times there are gaps which leave room for awkward laughter, you come out of his show feeling like an accomplished fact checker and you even get a certificate from Tim to prove it!

*** (3.5 stars)

TIM MULLER performs at the Vault at Q Theatre Fri 19 – 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.