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NZICF 18 | Marcel Lucont Etc. – A Chat Show

A true raconteur of improv comedy, our favourite Frenchie, Marcel Lucont is back with a new show for this year’s NZ International Comedy Festival; Marcel Lucont Etc. – A Chat Show.

Marcel’s new show centers around him interviewing other, lesser comedians, accompanied by a Jazz Trio. Each night brings a new guest.

With his signature maroon suit and turtleneck, a barefoot Marcel graced the stage to greet his audience. Acknowledging the late night show, Marcel began by exposing the low energy of the crowd in true Marcel style. Following which, he poured himself a glass of red wine and began regaling the audience with song before inviting his guest for the evening.

The show is split in two parts; the first consisted of improv, songs, and poems, while the second was the much-anticipated chat segment. With a a clever message from the sponsor in between.

Without giving too much away, I’ll say this – Marcel Lucont is a master of improv comedy and a joy to watch. If there’s one show you’re going to watch this NZ International Comedy Festival, make sure it’s this one.

5 stars

We were privileged enough to speak to Marcel before his arrival to NZ, read the interview.

See Marcel Lucont etc. – A Chat Show in Auckland until May 5 and in Wellington 8, 9 & 11 May. Buy your tickets here.

NZICF 18 | G.O.D (God. Oil. Drugs)

Who says you have to go to church to hear a sermon?

Being heralded as the UK’s answer to Chris Rock, our expectations for Dane’s debut NZ show were high …and he didn’t disappoint.

Gracing the stage to Stormzy, Dane opened his sermon by stating he likes to educate; not just entertain. He then divulged into growing up black in a Catholic household. What followed was an hour of side splitting comedy of observations that contribute to not living in an equal society.

Dane compared the double standards of gender neutrality, fair trade chocolate, and foodies. He also deeply analysed growing up to TLC’s 90’s chart topping single, No Scrubs and how it contributed to a lack of getting girls.

Dane has a unique talent for delivering punchlines and relating to the audience, a talent which only a select group of comedians have mastered. I’d say that he’s my generation’s answer to Eddie Murphy in his prime.

5 stars.

NZICF15 | Ben Defend New Zealand

We Kiwis have heard it all before, from the dirty sheep jokes to the prime minister’s hair pulling, it is time we take the stand to defend our nation. Come watch New Zealand’s very own Ben Hurley defend our country against three international guest comedians. Each night invites a different line-up of comedians keeping it ‘fresh as’, this is a great chance for you to sample what NZICF2015 has to offer. I attended a Thursday night show in week two with guest James Roque, Tevita Manukia and Steve Wrigley.

If you constantly tune in to watch 7Days on TV3 then you would know that Ben makes regular appearances on the show, but did you know he also is the head writer for it? This man is just as funny as he is on television. The sense of humour flows strongly in this one and he has a God given talent in public speaking. I had put my name down to see Ben Defend New Zealand not because of the funnies but the ‘burns’ I wanted to witness. Part of me wanted to see some serious word battles of the century, I wanted to see some tears of defeat among blood shed. In my mind I had a vision of one man up against three in a boxing ring with microphones.

What I had imagined didn’t quite turn out that way so to all you peace lovers out there, no one gets hurt. Instead of a boxing ring where people thrash words out like ‘are you mad bro?’ it was Ben one side of the stage interrogating the three poor guest speakers on the other end. Okay, so I may have exaggerated a little bit, it was more like a small quiz on what they know about their own country. I enjoyed this show not because of what I expected to see or hear (obviously), but the fun and games that it turned out to be. The whole show became a hilarious conversation about countries, traditions, habits and strange news. The only issue I had with this event was it wasn’t long enough, this needs to last the whole day darn it!

Here is a tip for this show do not avoid front row. If you think you can avoid being picked on by avoiding the front row you are wrong as proven by a lady I met at the venue. She was waiting for people to fill the front row so she could sit a row or two behind to avoid embarrassment, it didn’t work out well. When you’re target for the comedian you will be one no matter where you are in the room. So my tip is sit in front row if you can, don’t miss out on the full experience just to avoid a small chance of being teased.

Ben Defend New Zealand is showing in Auckland only and is happening at Q Theatre’s Loft. Tickets are available to purchase here on Q Theatre’s sessions page, this show ends this Saturday (16th May) so book your tickets now and don’t miss out.

WHEN:  10:00 pm   Wednesday (13th May) – Saturday (16th May)

WHERE: LOFT @ Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street AUCKLAND 1010

TICKET $:

Adults $25.00
Conc. $20.00
Groups 4+ $20.00

Cheap Wednesday $20.00
Thursday Special $20.00

* service fees may apply

Check out New Zealand International Comedy Festival’s Website for more fantastic shows and acts to see. Click here to visit Ben Hurley’s website and follow the links on his website to stalk him on social media.