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NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Jimmy McGhie

The English poster boy for white male privilege is back again with a brand-new show full of the usual complaints and foolish hopes.

Jimmy McGhie has been doing stand-up for well over a decade, kick-starting his career after reaching the finals of the prestigious ‘BBC New Talent’ competition and at a Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival back in 2005. Since then, he’s worked full time as a stand-up comedian performing on television, radio and across the UK and international comedy circuit. We caught up with Jimmy ahead of his fourth run at the NZ International Comedy Festival.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Hilarious.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. (google it)

Where will we find you at the festival?
Hopefully shitfaced on Waiheke island or recovering at Fed Deli.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I don’t swipe. The NZ comedy scene however is awesome. Everyone is incredibly friendly and encouraging and that cannot be said for some other places!

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
The Big Show will be awesome and also Paul Sinha, hands down one of the best stand ups in the UK.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
‘Hotel California’…or in my case ‘Travelodge Nottingham’.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I have just rewatched Mad Men. Third time through. I really don’t think there will be anything better.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
I do not use Spotify. I buy albums. Currently I am obsessed with Richard Swift and am enjoying something of a Beck renaissance.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Probably lie on a bed, in the dark for 6-8 hours feeling really weird.

World Association:
Comedy – Job, passion, hobby, curse
New Zealand – Green and pleasant land.
Adulting – Existential angst and semi-permanent disappointment.
Basic – Most popular culture.
Trend – Non applicable.
Joke – Weapon

Jimmy McGhie returns to NZ with his show ‘Need(y)’ as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 19 | Paul Sinha: A Stand-Up Comedy NZ Premiere

He’s a man that needs no introduction because if like me, you’ve watched ITV’s The Chase, Paul Sinha “The Sinnerman” has been introduced by Bradley Walsh many times.

People of all ages and cultures squeezed into The Classic comedy club on Wednesday evening to see the comedian with all the answers, Paul Sinha. The trained medical doctor turned comedian, who is currently ranked as the UK’s #4 best quizzer, delivered an intelligent and often hilarious one hour show; his comedic delivery style like listening to a very intelligent, very funny friend.

Paul shares time-lined events from his life that have contributed to the man he is today. Starting with 1968 when his parents moved the family from India to the UK, coming out as a young gay man to his parents and friends, changing careers as a doctor to comedian and quiz show chaser, through to his recent engagement to his partner Oliver (currently ranked #11 in the UK’s quiz world). Paul is happy and spread this happiness with a room full of patrons who learnt that he is more than just sarcasm in a suit.

4 Stars (****)

The Classic season in Auckland for Paul Sinha has sold out, but due to demand a new show has been added at Skycity Theatre Auckland on Sunday 19 May at 7pm. Buy your tickets here.

Or if you are lucky enough you may still find tickets to his show at Te Auaha – Tapere Nui (Big Theatre) in Wellington. Buy your tickets here.

 

For more comedy head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Alistair Barrie

As one of the top headliners on the international comedy circuit, UK comedian Alistair Barrie has performed in over 40 countries including acclaimed performances in Australia, Cape Town, Mumbai and the legendary Comedy Cellar in New York. We chatted to him ahead of the NZ debut of his five-star-rated show from last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Describe your show in three words or less.
Previously well-reviewed.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
A desperate need to be loved dressed up as concern for the state of the world. Or possibly the other way round.

Where will we find you at the festival?
I’ve never been to NZ before so I have literally no idea. All I’ve heard is ‘The Classic’, which could be a world-renowned comedy club or a spectacular cheeseburger for all I know.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
OK. So this is a Tinder thing, right? Not a clue. I met my wife back in the day when you had to disappoint potential partners through the sheer force of your personality alone.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Paul Sinha is a dear friend whom I first met years ago when we were both starting out in the comedy circuit. Recently, a UK newspaper ran a story on how the white-suited Chaser was trying to widen his skill set to include stand-up comedy. This is funnier than any jokes either of us will make at the Festival. He’s an absolute craftsman. With a terrible tailor.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Let the Right One In. I haven’t seen it but I believe it’s based on my unsuccessful attempts to get on the TV Gala.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that this questionnaire is not entirely aimed at my demographic. I mean, I’m actually reading Game of Thrones*. What a dick.
* I also feel this is slightly disrespectful to my hosts here in Middle Earth.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
You are asking a man who has brought two laptops to NZ cos he couldn’t work out how to transfer his iTunes on to the new one. I only went on Spotify last year to try and listen to The House of Love’s debut without paying for it before I went to see them live, as my cassette player no longer exists. Therefore my top 3 songs are any of the ones on their eponymous 1988 album, from a period known as where all the good music comes from grandad.

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

Word Association:
Comedy – The international language of idiocy, although it does appear a lot of the wrong people are fluent.
New Zealand – I’ve always liked the idea there was another place nearby where people turned up with less zeal.
Adulting – A grown up activity in Jamaica.
Basic – an early, patronising computer language.
Trend – Not Classic.
Joke – An Englishman, Irishman and a Scotsman walked into a bar and agree to complete a short survey.

Alistair Barrie makes his NZ debut with his show ‘The Internation-AL’ as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Ian Smith

Returning to New Zealand after a successful debut last year, award-winning comedian, Ian Smith will grace the stage in not one, but three shows this year. Catch him as part of the 5 Star Comedy Preview, Comedy All-Stars and across 11 dates of his critically acclaimed fifth solo show; Craft.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Comedy. And. Origami.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
The senbazuru – the folklore that if you fold one thousand origami cranes you get a wish. The plan is to make some wishes come true live, while also telling some jokes and stories.

Where will we find you at the festival?
The Classic for my shows – and on Sundays, I’ll be heading to Waiheke Island and having so much wine I forget that I can’t swim. I think last time I went to a vineyard (on Waiheke) I was asked if I could praise the cooking a bit quieter because I was too excited.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I don’t know which direction means what, so I don’t know. Diagonal swipe?

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
I think James Acaster is all sold out – but he’s the best, so go and see him if you can! Rhys Nicholson is always brilliant too.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
This is a very hard question. Billy Elliott? I guess that’s about someone from the north of England trying to pursue something artistic. Replace ballet with comedy. Also, I don’t know anyone who worked in the mines.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I watched season 2 of the OA and really liked it – but there’s a (spoiler alert) giant talking octopus in it and it comes out of nowhere really and then gets (spoiler alert) killed, and no one seems to mention it again. I think about that most days now. It didn’t seem like a talking-octopus sort of show. None of the characters seemed to find it weird. A big talking octopus!

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Anger Management Relaxation Tape Vol 1.
Anger Management Relaxation Tape Vol 3.
Anger Management Relaxation Tape Vol. 4.
(I’m really angry that they don’t have Vol 2 on Spotify)

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I’d probably learn to play the drums so that everyone else couldn’t sleep either – then I’d have some company for the long nights. Maybe then we’d set up a band? Ian and the Insomniacs.

Word Association:
Comedy = Yes!
New Zealand = Sauvignon (I love a Marlborough)
Adulting = Ironing
Basic = Bitch (I don’t really know what this means though)
Trend = Skateboarding
Joke = Laughs

Ian Smith performs his show ‘Craft’ as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF19 | 5 mins with Alan McElroy

After selling out shows in previous years, Auckland-based Irish Comedian, Alan McElroy is bringing a brand new hour of comedy to this year’s NZ International Comedy Festival. Alan McElroy is S#it at Twitter is Alan’s realisation that as a story-telling comedian, Twitter’s 280 character tweets are hindering his attempts to spin a good yarn… Don’t miss your chance to see this multiple-award winning comedian, actor, MC, Quizhead and Writer at this year’s festival.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Funny, no refunds

What’s the inspiration behind it?
I am terrible on Twitter but decent on other social media apps & that confuses me so I made a show about it and show my hilarious tweets and the stories behind them and while debuting the show in Adelaide, I developed an actual structure and a message that actual proper award winning shows have…but still funny.

Where will we find you at the festival?
At The Classic Comedy Club every night possibly, not always on stage, sometimes at the bar

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Always swipe right on your friends…even if they’re mingers

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Other than mine?! I like Paul Douglas & Donna Brookbanks

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
I Touch Myself by the Divinyls

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
These bloody crazy documentaries like Abducted in Plain Sight… or any Anthony Bourdain…

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
I Touch Myself of course, All By Myself & Prejudice by Tim Minchin

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Nap! Or write, I run a load of comedy quizzes around Auckland called Crack Up Quiz & I always need to write new, weird stuff but tend to fall asleep while doing it so IF I DIDN’T fall asleep…I suppose, I’d work more…which is why I prefer sleep

Word Association:
Comedy – Funny
New Zealand – Home
Adulting – Bloody Bills
Basic – Toast
Trend – I’m never on it
Joke – I once sold ice to an Eskimo!! It was easy.. he was a meth addict

Alan McElroy performs his solo show ‘Alan McElroy is S#it At Twitter’ and hosts ‘The Crack Up Late Show’ as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 18 | 5 Star Comedy Comedy Preview

Roll up, roll up and welcome to the greatest show on earth ….  The NZ International Comedy Fest’s 5 Star Comedy Preview 2018.   Featuring an assortment of the world’s and our own homegrown talent including; Andrew Maxwell, Fin Taylor, Lauren Pattison, Phil Wang and Ian Smith.

Hosted with the irrepressible, energetic and frenetic energy of South of the Border export El Jaguar, we are treated to a comedic marathon of unorthodox and unbridled fun.

Ian Smith from the UK opens with such amusing regale of ghouls and husky sledding, Phil Wang – an oriental surprise, with stereotypical analogies from his Chinese/Malaysian descent; highlights being references to the most un-P.C. from the coloration of emojis to disturbing baby profiling.  Then enters Lauren Pattison a diminutive force of street wise humor and sweetness rolled into one.

Finn Taylor continues the brilliant British comedic stampede, physical athletic ailments being the key to his set.  ‘Tennis Elbow’, ‘Spinners Cock’ are the farcical parallel to notable clinical and sexual gender ribbing.

INTERMISSION:

Hello Lloyd Langford!  A Welsh delight of speech impediment, but with clever and endearing observational humour.  Another reputable comedic legend from the UK and last year’s host Jimmy McGhie follows …

Topical and empirical musings of our trail-blazing Prime Minister, overseas backpacking and Bintang-wearing experiences.  Then to round of the most delectably entertaining of evenings the luck of the Irish Noel Maxwell delivers.  Lesbian/Hitler haircut citations and ‘church-ball’ tampering ensues …

So fresh and so new!  These are the main adjectives I would use when put on the spot to describe this year’s talent that ushers us into this years NZ International Comedy Festival.  I for one, cannot wait to get among the rest of the inter-continental talent that befalls us this season.

******  The NZ International Comedy Festival runs from 26 April – 20 May 2018

 

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with El Jaguar

Originally from the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico, luchador wrestler turned comic, El Jaguar is returning to New Zealand with a brand new show, Telenovela. Be prepared to weep on command, get caught up in a love triangle, grow a thin moustache, and fall in love with all the characters and their cheesy accents.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Melodrama! Margaritas! Mexicans!

What’s the inspiration behind it?
The desire to write, direct, and star in my own Mexican soap opera.

Where will we find you during the festival?
If not in a death battle with Giapo the gelato king, then probably flyering my show on Queen Street.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
El Jaguar swipes both ways.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Is Foster Brooks coming?

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
If ‘Shape of Water’ had Dwayne Johnson playing all the characters.

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Season 5 of M*A*S*H.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
“Weird” Al’s Hamilton Polka,Xanadu” by ONJ, and the Coco Soundtrack.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Probably sleep. Or frozen Cokes.

World Association:
Comedy- piñatas
New Zealand – laser kiwi
Woke – snooze button
Adulting – food porn
Basic – as
Trend – Minature Schnauzer crossed with a Malteaser.
Joke – see above.

El Jaguar plays 16 – 19 May at Auckland’s The Classic as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo. Buy your tickets now.