Tag Archives: Sketch Comedy

NZICF 18 | Humble

Frickin Dangerous Bro: Humble.

3 comedians bringing sketch comedy back to life.

In the ever evolving world of comedy, both slapstick and sketch comedy, have not been the latest trends, However, the 3 Auckland Lads have persevered, and their new show, Humble is a great a mid-week, 10p.m performance,packed with lots of laughs..

Pax, Jermaine and James have great chemistry and entertained the crowd from start to finish, with their take on a theatre-based sketch show. Whilst this was my first Frickin Dangerous Bro, they have acquired a cult following of fans, mainly from their recent stint on Maori Television.

Starting off with a courtroom sketch they moved onto several micro-sketches, a crime scene and ended with a signature terrorist sketch, all intertwined with organic laughs and chats. Whilst some of the jokes appeared forced and predictable, there was a genuine feeling that the trio wanted to be there, were all having fun and most of all their organic chats were relatable to ever member of the audience. The highlights of the show were the micro-sketches and trio’s ability to roast each other.

It was a great to see kiwi comedians perform with the finesse, the delivery and the attitude of world comics….Humble they are

4 stars

See them tonight and tomorrow.  Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 17 | Aunty Donna – Big Boys

Aunty Donna, a trio of Aussie sketch comedians really drew a crowd at the Q Theatre during the comedy fest, and for good reason; They managed to keep the crowd entertained for over an hour with a seriously electric and vibrant show.

We were treated to a constant slew of sound-effects and synced physical comedy (including terribad choreo), the boys were in perfect (or imperfect) harmony, and their efforts to interact with the audience seems to go off with-out a hitch. Which is to say not forced or irritating. I was rather impressed with the level of comfort displayed by Aunty Donna on a decently sized stage – they delivered in terms of presence, and it seemed the audience felt their money was well-spent.

If anything, my only criticism would be the pace of the show, which felt a bit erratic and jerky. Bit after bit, with little to no build-up left me mildly confused at times, with weak narratives and and no real sense of ‘story’. I was left with the impression that their collection of seemingly random sketches could have been thrown together with a little more thought perhaps. With that said, I feel that with some more time to craft a narrative it could be perfect, and look forward to what they bring to future Comedy Festivals.

3/5 Stars

For the full line-up of shows in the Festival head to the Comedy Fest websiteRunning 27 April – 21 May 2017.

Idiots of Ants

Idiots of Ants are an English based Comedy Group made up of four members, Elliot Tiney, Benjamin Wilson, James Wrighton and Andrew Spiers. They’re winners of the 2010 Chortle Awards (Character or Sketch Act), which celebrates the best of the best in live comedy.  Awarded by a panel of famous comedians and by a vote of comedy fans, it’s okay to assume that they’re a big deal.

So how does one describe the Idiots of Ants? One could say it’s like channel surfing on your TV….

Channel 1, their first act is a WW2 war scene. Channel 2, is a movie scene where men are planning a wife swap. Channel 3, is a sketch where a German and American spy are discussing an exchange of money and documents. The act is constantly changing but the only thing that is constant is their energy levels and the mockery of Finn, the unlucky chap in the front row (thankfully we were spared!).

The mixing and mashing of sketches makes some of the sketches forgettable, such as their sketch based on passing gas.

The opening is probably hands down their best sketch.  Starting while punters are taking their seats, the quartet is in a WW2 scenario. As the sketch goes on they begin to realize they aren’t actually in World War 2 and are in Auckland at the Herald Theatre. It’s a hilarious opening and the punters are hooked.

All in all, I would definitely recommend catching Idiots, especially if you’re interested in sketch comedy troupes.

They”re on from Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 May, 8.45pm.  For more info and to buy tickets click here.