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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 James Roque

Like so many other Asian children before him, James Roque is a disappointment to his parents. He followed his dreams instead of following the path to become a respected M.D (Doctor of Medicine). Despite that, he has a career to boast about; since making his NZ International Comedy Festival debut in 2013, he’s gone on to perform at every festival since (including his acclaimed and sold out 2017 show), he’s appeared on television, including Three’s 7 Days and Jono and Ben, and he’s a co-founder of Proudly Asian Theatre – a theatre company dedicated to showcasing more Asian-NZ stores on stage. And if that wasn’t enough, he played the lead role in Indian Ink Theatre’s Kiss the Fish, which has toured New Zealand ad USA.  So what if he’s not a doctor; they say that laughter is the best medicine.

We caught up with James ahead of his 2018 NZICF season.

Describe your show in three words or less..
Dope Filipino dude.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
Last year I started pronouncing my Filipino last name correctly for the first time in 17 years and it’s got me thinking about what the immigrant experience is like in the western world.

Where will we find you during the festival?
Out here following my dreams

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Are you asking me if I want to have sex with the entire NZ Comedy industry? How do we even go about that? Seems like a logistical nightmare.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
I’m really excited to see Rose Matafeo’s new show. Her last show was my favourite thing in the festival last year, so I’m keen to see what she’s got next. Also, hype for Rhys Nicholson and Phil Wang.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
The scene from 8 Mile when he vomits his mum’s spaghetti before the battle

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Queer Eye!

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Rich Brian – Cold
Kendrick Lamar – King’s Dead
The Carpenters – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Honestly, probably try to find a way to sleep anyway. Sleep is the best.

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

….I’m a very anxious person.

James Roque performs 1 – 5 May at Wellington’s The Fringe Bar and 8 – 12 May at Auckland’s Q Theatre with his solo show. He also performs with Frickin Dangerous Bro 2 – 5 May at Wellington’s BATS Theatre, and 9 – 12 May at Auckland’s Q Theatre. All as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo.  Buy your tickets – Legal Alien | Humble

 

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 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.

Fringe 18: Triage! A Nursing Cabaret

If an energetic, vibrant and soulful show is what you’re after, Triage! A Nursing Cabaret fits the bill perfectly.

Australian singer Zuleika Khan expertly carries this one-man show, which blends sharp, clever humour with soulful singing sure to captivate. Examining the demanding, high pressure atmosphere of hospitals through the lens of a real-life registered nurse, Triage! carries a definite uniqueness and intrigue.

And while the content may be dark, Zuleika’s adept comic abilities enable viewers to confront themes of death and disease in a smooth and honest manner. The best thing about Triage!, however? The songs. It’s hard to imagine anyone listening to Zulieka’s powerful, confident and remarkably unusual voice without walking away feeling like they have just witnessed something magic.

Hers is the kind of voice that makes you stop and listen; the kind that deserves to be on a big stage. This, combined with Zulieka’s captivating, confident stage presence, guarantees you’ll be not just entertained but deeply impressed.

Add this to your bucket list, people.

 

Triage! A Nursing Cabaret is running at Q Theatre as part of Auckland Fringe until Saturday 3 March. 

FRINGE 18: Judge, Jury & Cookie Monster

Judge, Jury & Cookie Monster (created and directed by John Burrows) opens in dramatic fashion to the theme tune of Law & Order and the background voice of ‘that’ infamous Sesame Street character.  The stage is set like that of a criminal courtroom and stage show all at the same time, with the audience itself becoming the jury.

Throw in a plethora of widely known brands and allegoric puns surrounding baked goods, alongside popular daytime TV game-show references – and a night of irreverent slapstick ensues!

It’s main players: Courtney Eggleton, Kirsty Bruce, Lucas Haugh, Rishab Kapoor, Will Moffatt, Sneha Shetty and Kyle Shields become the: Shewsburys, Graham Crackers, Belgian’s and Swiss Cremes – a cameo panel of the accused and the accuser, each presented with the alleged crime and interrogated with the most ridiculous of motives.

‘Judge Jury & Cookie Monster’ uses the most entertaining and unusual of interactive theatrics to solve the crime, in the spirit of such game shows as: Deal or No Deal, The Chase and the contemporary social card game, ‘Crimes against Humanity’, as a process of elimination and acquittal of suspects one-by-one ….

A Krypton-Factor styled task to re-enact a probable crime-scene scenario, was extremely amusing and reminiscent of a skit from ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’, showcasing particularly clever mechanics by one very laterally thinking jury member.

Drawing us all to the conclusion of the show (and in turn the case itself).  Judge Jury & Cookie Monster sedge-ways into a conversation between the plaintiff and the judge, that exposes a most unexpected background story, and subsequently, the most unpredictable of outcomes.

With a surprise guest plaintiff each performance night and fantastic moments of comedic improvisation, you are guaranteed an evening of unbridled excitement, and if you’re so lucky, a complimentary cookie upon leaving the courtroom, being just the icing on the cake!

 

Now showing at the Q Theatre ~ 27th February – 3th March

FRINGE 18 | 5 mins with John Burrows

Can you work out who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? In Judge, Jury & Cookie Monster, the audience play the jury; together with a handful of actors and a special guest, in this interactive comedy trial, you set the verdict: Guilty or Not guilty.

We chat to the mastermind behind Judge, Jury and Cookie Monster, John Burrows. John, an Auckland resident, has been pushing the creative, interactive boundaries of theatre for many years, his previous shows include, Delivery#17, a show that sent his audience on a quest through the streets of Auckland.

Is this your first Fringe Auckland?
No, Brought ‘Delivery #17’ to AKL Fringe 2017 which was an evolution of ‘Delivery #16’ first presented in Edinburgh Fringe 2016

How different is an Auckland audience to other audiences?
Unsure if this is asking ‘How Auckland Fringe audiences are different from Auckland Audiences’ or ‘How Auckland Fringe audiences are different from international fringe audiences’?
Auckland: The beautiful thing about the Fringe festival is that people are actively interested in something different, there anticipation of the shows are framed with the expectation that this is delightfully different. Regardless of comfort zones it makes audiences more open and likely to leave their preconceptions at the door.
International: It’s hard to compare Auckland Fringe to Edinburgh the largest Fringe Festival in the world. There the population trebles in size for a full month. It’s an absolute cacophony of voices, images, ideas and energy. What it does afford audiences is the opportunity to see theatre, artists and types of work on a bigger stage or platform then they normally get. Its explosive and exposing in a way that is now commonplace in larger Fringe’s.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Crazy kooky comedy

Fringe Festivals are known for the weird, wacky, and utterly wonderful – what’s the most bizzare thing you’ve come across during your Fringe history?
I didn’t actually see it but Edinburgh Fringe 2016 had “Come Look At Baby” a half hour piece of theatre in which you could look at a baby for half an hour.

What are your top 3 picks for Auckland Fringe?
Other than ‘Judge, Jury & Cookie Monster’ right?

  • Shot Bro: Confessions Of A Depressed Bullet (I’ve seen the show and it’s a necessary, honest and beautiful piece of theatre – good thing too as it clashes with JJC)
  • It’s A Trial (Only on for one night this interactive trial, unlike ours, dives into fact not fiction with a real issue to be debated)
  • Roots (Sharing Q Loft with us during the second week of the fringe PAT is a company to watch and see at every opportunity)

Where will we find you during the festival?
Other than Q Theatre in the Loft & Lounge… Basement Theatre is practically a second home for me.

What would we find if we raided your fridge?
Very little of mine. Just my flatmates. Working during the day and rehearsals into the night… producing everywhere in between has put me on a fairly out of the house diet

Tell us about your spirit animal?
I’m a puppy. Always a puppy. Playful as all hell and eager to have a good time.

Word Association:
Fringe – Fun
Fridge – Food
Auckland – Traffic
Festival – Fun
Lights – Camera
Chocolate – Chips
Winter – Wonderland
Theatre – Passion

Don’t miss John Burrow’s Judge, Jury & Cookie Monster at Q Theatre Tues 27 Feb – Sat 3 March. Buy tickets here.