Tag Archives: The Classic

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.


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.

NZICF 18 | 5 mins with Lauren Pattison

One of UK’s fastest rising stars, Lauren Pattison, is bringing her acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show, Lady Muck, to New Zealand. Lady Muck explores how to embrace your flaws and learn to love the skin you’re in. A fresh and fierce female voice; it’s an hour of empower! We caught up with Lauren ahead of her international tour.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Brutally honest + fiesty

What’s the inspiration behind it?
It was inspired by a break up but most importantly it was spurred on by the realisation that I rely on others to feel good about myself when I need that ability myself.

Where will we find you during the festival?
At the bar. But more specifically, if you want to find my comedy I’ll be at The Classic with my solo. I’ll also be appearing on The Big Show and Comedy All Stars so keep an eye out!

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Swipe right! It’s all new to me so I feel like I’ve got lots of exploring to do

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
Phil Wang, Dane Baptiste, Larry Dean & Fern Brady are some of the UK’s finest acts and I’d highly recommend catching any of their shows.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
A Series Of Unfortunate Events

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Nailed It. It’s essentially a show of people who can’t bake trying to bake elaborate things and spectacularly failing. Joyous.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
The Greatest Showman soundtrack is all I am currently listening to.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
All the jobs that I put off doing to nap instead.

World Association:
Comedy – Laughter
New Zealand – Exciting
Woke – Sleep
Adulting – Insufferable
Basic – Bitches
Trend – Setter

Lauren Pattison plays 28 Apr – 5 May at Auckland’s The Classic as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo. Buy your tickets here.


NZICF 17 | Chris Martin – Ol’ Smarty Pants

We all want to be hugged by Sonny Bill Williams.  Period.

Getting Kiwis to come out on a Monday night is difficult, add the cold autumn chill and it’s downright difficult.  Maybe they thought it was Chris Martin from Coldplay, but Chris Martin the comedian filled up The Classic last night.   He greeted the crowd as they entered the auditorium, making small talk as he sat waiting.

It’s been a few years since we last saw Chris and in that time he got married.  His new show centres around married life, wanting to be hugged by a man, the need to please others, countryside racists and water parks.

Ol’ Smarty Pants is a hilarious show by one of the best UK comedians at this year’s comedy festival.  The show was fast-paced, funny and well-written.  A must see for all audiences wanting to work out their abs without going to the gym and working up a sweat!

See him at The Classic until Saturday.

**** (4 stars)

NZICF 17| Hal Cruttenden – Straight Outta Cruttenden

Last night Hal Cruttenden made a strong initial impression entering stone-faced to NWA – his nod to the show’s title. He then opened his mouth, broke the spell, and treated the audience to some very British humor.

Interestingly, the naming of the show can be credited to Hal’s recent re-immersion to hip hop music after a hiatus of a few decades; In fact my favourite aspects of the show were perhaps his musings on age and the passage of time. Shakespeare talks about the 7 stages of man; He cleverly condensed it to about 3.

Hal also unabashedly interacted with the audience, ribbing them mercilessly but, for the most part in a non-combative tone (though maybe the biggest laugh of the night came when, on learning about the presence of psychiatrists in his audience, Hal ordered them to “LEAVE NOW”).

The choice of material, and his intelligent commentary on most of it were all fantastic, however his greatest strength is that he seems truly relatible. Scattered with the occasional segue and rant, Hal transitioned smoothly from Brexit to the folly of youth to parenting teenagers to his own upbringing and relationships – the night studded with many a groan or laugh of recognition from the audience. He is clearly intelligent, and clearly concerned with the state of the world – that said, the fact he left America well alone was actually rather refreshing (perhaps it provides too much easy material). He is a comedian who certainly knows how to read the audience and their responses.

The evening passed quickly and energetically, and I can’t recommend you go see him enough, as he really is a true comedic professional.

Get tickets to experience Hal Cruttenden in all of his glory HERE.

4/5 Stars

HAL CRUTTENDEN performs at The Classic 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 | Adam Hess – The best of Adam Hess

I’m not an alcoholic! I just enjoy it, everyday.

Adam Hess is hilariously funny and he proved this by filling out The Classic’s studio on Thursday night.  His comedic style reflects the mind of a young, adolescent child who has an attention deficit disorder – he starts a story, digresses so far but then manages to make it back for the punchline.  His natural storytelling, paired with his energy and passion make for an unforgettable night of comedy.

On Thursday he greeted the sold-out crowd and began speaking at what felt was 100 kph, probably down to nerves, or maybe the beer he was drinking.  He began by reading his best jokes from his handy notebook, but they were only slightly amusing.  The show really started when he began interacting with the crowd and shared stories ranging from his ex-fiance to the fateful trip to Starbucks.

Make sure you catch him at The Classic tonight.

**** (4.5 stars)

NZICF 17 | Jimmy Mcghie – Apologia

My Car’s Wiffler pin’s gone!

Jimmy Mcghie is a child of divorce who feels guilty for being Middle Class, White and privileged.  

He returns to the Comedy Festival with his natural conversational and playful, comedic style.  Jimmy will take you through the lows of his life – and be warned, there are many.

Apologia is an hour of scripted, self-depreciating comedy at its finest.  Jimmy shares stories of growing up in a dictatorship, being at boarding school, buying a car with a ‘whiffler pin’, and his ideology of being in a polyamorous relationship.

He’s a smart, witty comedian worthy of at least one hour of your time.  Catch him at The Classic until Saturday.

*** (3.5 stars)