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NZICF 18 | 5 mins with James Smith

James Smith is an accomplished comedian; born in Australia and now living in New York, he boasts a jaw-dropping CV. Aside from appearing on Comedy Central, ABC, Conan on TBS and Flight of the Conchords, James has shared the stage with comedy greats like Jerry Seinfeld and Louis CK. He was even chosen as the special guest on Chris Rock’s Australasian Tour in 2017. The accomplishments go on – he has written joes for Rob Lowe and Justin Bieber’s comedy roast and has even featured in Time magazine for his political outlook during Obama’s administration.

James will be in New Zealand for one night only with his new show, Pleasure Enthusiast. We had the pleasure of his company for a good five minutes.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Hilarious & thought provoking.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I think life is unnecessary difficult and that it should only include pleasure.

Where will we find you during the festival?

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

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
I haven’t seen the program yet.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
New York State of Mind – Billy Joel.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Atlanta but it’s not on Netflix.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Lemon by N.E.R.D | Sexual by Neiked | Stay by Zedd

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

World Association:
Comedy – love
New Zealand – great
Woke – important
Adulting – boring
Basic – awful
Trend – limited
Joke – quality

James Smith plays Sat 05 May at Auckland’s Sky City Theatre as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo.  Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 16 | Stephen K Amos – The Laughter Master

A man walks on stage, says he hails from a family of ten, explains how he used a cat to cover for soiling the bed, and fails at mimicking the Kiwi Accent.  Sounds like a long hour, right?… Well, not in this case.  

Stephen K Amos, a veteran on the comedy circuit in the UK, performed to a very enthusiastic crowd at Auckland’s Skycity Theatre on Saturday night. In his hour-long set, he tackles Social Media, ageism, dicks, and hecklers.  Beginning just after 7 and continuing for well over an hour with a gleeful smile stuck permanently to his face, it was clear that Amos genuinely enjoyed being on stage.  His jokes were fresh, entertaining and highly relatable.

He took the audience on a journey that included childhood anecdotes, not-so subtle jabs at Australian culture, and tasteful toilet humour (if there was ever such a thing).  From the get go, he had the audience enraptured; telling jokes tailored specifically for more enthusiastic members of the audience.  In one instance, he lured a heckler with false sense of security, only to ridicule him with class a few minutes later.

Amos was quick to apologise for lacklustre gags, possibly revealing the idea of a tailor-made show, and his enjoyment of ad-libbing.  He’s certainly one of the highlights for this year’s comedy festival and the good news is, he’s touring across the country next month – details here.

3.5 stars out of 5.