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NZICF 19 | Tim Batt & Disasteradio: Space Couch

New Zealand’s own Tim Batt teams up with Lower Hutt’s finest musical talent (Luke Rowell) to present ‘Space Couch’  – a live comedy chat show that encompasses all things topical; from politics to pilates.

This off-the-wall 55 minute (or beyond) show is like a zip-liner for your attention, shooting at you straight from our endeared home of theatre – The Basement.

Tackling everything from the interminable life of ‘The Simpsons’, previous employment revelations, proletarian veganism and facts you didn’t ‘know’ you needed to know ….  tangent lines being as divergent as Snow White to The Beatles

Hot on the heels of a downfall most public, that of prolific chat-show host, Jeremy Kyle – this show could not have been any more well-timed, albeit with a refreshing twist!  Tim Batt is as engaging and animated as ever, with his informative delivery, great rapport and energetic chemistry with partner-in-crime, Disasteradio.

A few local heroes/celebrity guests made an appearance on the infamous couch; comedian Hamish Parkinson and his mum Lynette (endearingly referred to as Nonny), our national treasure Claire Chitham (Shortland Street/Fresh Eggs) and although they were charming and loveable,  I did wonder how a non-local would embrace such specific personalities and fodder, as I personally felt that the conversation veered off on in a direction, that at times seemed somewhat clique’ and specific to those only close to the guests themselves …

But trivial things aside, it was a warm and light-hearted night out, and I appreciated the off-beat banter and quirkiness of the show’s format.  Disasteradio was great with his unscripted probing, amiable swordplay with Tim and of course, his computer genius.  I especially related and was most bemused by the duo’s most charmingly underwhelming homage to J-Ville …

Space Couch is full of comical quips, random snippets from fellow comedians & family and not-to-be-forgotten, most important reflections from Space Couch himself, and though entertaining, had the vibe presented from the beginning followed through to the end, my attentions may have been entangled just that little bit more.

‘Space Couch’ is part of the NZ International Comedy Festival and is currently showing:  Wednes 15 – Sat 18 May @Basement Theatre.

Don’t miss out!  3 stars ***

NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Tim Batt

Fulfilling a childhood dream, award-winning Kiwi comedian, Tim Batt returns to the NZ International Comedy Festival with Space Couch, a live chat show nobody asked for. Described as exciting, unpredictable and hilarious (or big,  dumb,  fun), Tim and his sidekick, Disasteradio will be joined each night by a slew of surprisingly top-shelf celebrities, live music and guest comedians – think Fallon, but not shit.

Describe your show in three words or less…
Big. Dumb. Fun.

What’s the inspiration behind it?
American late night chat shows (Conan, Letterman, Kimmel) and the shows that mock them (Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, The Eric Andre Show).

Where will we find you at the festival?
Sitting at a children’s desk interviewing very cool celebrities and watching very cool guest comedians in Auckland and Wellington!

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
I’m a married man and do not know which swipe is Approve. But it’s just say, I’d **** the **** out of the NZ Comedy Scene on the first date.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
GO SEE NEWER COMEDIANS! It’s way more exciting because you might be at the debut show of a future superstar. Here’s some people you may not know who I think are fantastic: Kura Forrester, Harry Thompson-Cook, Jack Ansett, Ruby Esther, Uther Dean.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
Tommy Ill – New Car Money

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
I Think You Should Leave, Love, Death and Robots, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
Disasteradio – You Win, Herbie Hancock – Gentle Feelings,Sly and The Family Stone – Spaced Cowboy

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I hate sleep. I’d love that extra time to make more things! Podcasts, web shows, live comedy shows, everything. I’D MAKE MORE STUFF!

Word Association:
Comedy – Life
New Zealand – Best
Adulting – Over-rated
Basic – Java
Trend – Woosh
Joke – Knock…

Tim Batt is joined by Disasteradio and can be found hosting “Space Couch” as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 16 | Tim Batt – Vote Batt

Tim Batt brings his show, Vote Batt, to this years NZICF, in what was a worthwhile satirical political rally. Downstairs at the Montecristo, quite a bit of buzz had built up. The waiting area was relatively full and the atmosphere was a little thick – possibly because things were running behind and the wait was less than ideal.

Batt started off strong, and was solid throughout. His confidence was tangible during the show, although some of his delivery was  a little off, and his tangents became a little distracting during the 45 minutes. Due to time restraints and the late start, Batt had to self edit, and I feel like we missed out on parts that would have really helped the overall body of his performance.

Dressed in AC/DC-esque school shorts and tie, we were on the ultimately on the receiving end of a campaign rally crossed with a stand-up routine, scattered with misguided insight and slogan building. He even managed to convince the room there was a fifty-bag taped beneath a lucky audience members’ seat. He lied.

See? He’s already on the fast-track to the Beehive.

3.5/5 Stars

Get your tickets for Tim Batt, and see him dressed as Angus Young HERE.

NZICF 15 | Amnesty International presents The Secret Policeman’s Ball

Amnesty International’s 2015 ‘Secret Policeman’s Ball’ comedy showcase felt less like a ball and more like an awkward teenage dance;  the majority of the event was tense and the all-male lineup struggled to connect with the audience.

Terry Williams, the first act on stage,  provided an unfortunate foreshadowing of the evening ahead with his first gag on being ‘a bit vanilla’; the whole night was a little on the plain side and often resorted to the all too well travelled paths of dick jokes and racial stereotypes that were nothing particularly new or clever.  Terry did make a valiant attempt however at creating new ground in the dick joke arena with an interesting comparison of Lance Armstrong and Hitler.  He was very polished and seemed comfortable on stage, but for the most part seemed to have material more interesting for people of his own demographic – mid 40’s from the North Shore.

Tarun Mohanbai, the second act to grace the stage, picked up where Terry left off by delving into racial stereotyping of kiwi Indians. His proposal for an Indian tinder called ‘Tindian’ provided a platform for some entertaining social commentary against a backdrop of his otherwise strained cracks at multicultural NZ.

The standout of the night by a long shot was Englishman Tom Binns as ‘Little Britain’-esque hospital DJ Ivan Brackenbury. As the third act to perform he did so with a level of skill and ease that stood out among his colleagues; he really picked up the pace of the show with his quickfiring pairings of hospital conditions and greatest hits that you couldn’t help but both cringe and laugh at simultaneously.  His short and sharp act in a showcase felt like it could have happily gone on for much longer;  turns out is does in his own show in which Ivan Braceknbury is just one in a collection of his personas.  He is for sure on my ‘must see’ list for the Comedy Festival.

Andrew Clay was unlucky in that he had to follow on from Tom Binns, but he did provide some very amusing anecdotes on kiwi’s being staunchly patriotic while overseas and apathetic when at home. He could have been a bit more biting, but on the whole his act was pretty consistent in getting a steady stream of laughter from the audience.

Both Nick Gibbs and Jamie Bowen struggled to keep the laughs coming after their initial openers.  Nick Gibbs started strong with punchy one-liners, but the momentum quickly lost traction as he spiraled into a long winded spiel about ‘new material’ that got old and awkward very quickly. Jamie Bowen came out with a funny and thoughtful take on the purpose of social media, but unfortunately spent the rest of his act telling his story of testicular surgery that was more uncomfortable than it was funny.

Tim Batt did his best to end the note on a high, though his commentary of the top 10 world religions was a bit hit and miss – some real nuggets of hilarity and some definite cringeworthy remarks that tied into his equally awkward commentary on ‘Christchurch racists’.

Variety shows are often a bit of a mixed bag, and this one was no different. It was a night that was at times flat, but also at times a lot of fun.  It was nice knowing that all the seats were full as proceeds of the show were for a good cause – fundraising to allow more refugees to enter the country following the earthquakes in Nepal. For this reason alone the event was a lot sweeter, and for this reason I recommend going along to this event.  Plus who knows, you might stumble across an act in the lineup who particularly appeals to you (like for me Tom Binns), that you may have otherwise missed at this comedy festival season.

heard | And the 2014 Billy T Nominees are…

Billy T James changed the face of comedy in this country, forging a hugely successful career out of making people laugh. To celebrate his memory and achievements, the New Zealand Comedy Trust created the annual Billy T Award to support up-and-coming comedians with the outstanding potential to take their comedy career to the next level.

2013 Billy T Award winner Rose Matafeo, hosted a fast paced spectacularly hilarious showcase of 20 of the most exciting up-and-coming comedians in the industry at the moment. These emerging talents each gave exceptional performances at The Classic last night vying for a spot in the final five.

Making the incredibly tough decisions, this year’s expert panel of judges features the inaugural winner of the Billy T Award in 1997 Ewen GilmourJackie van Beek(Actor/Writer/Director); Richard Carrington (Managing Director Notorious Management Ltd); Oliver Sealy (TVNZ Producer); and Jon Bridges (Producer of TV3’s 7 Days).

The nominees for the 2014 Billy T Award were selected on their proven comedic ability; talent; dedication; current form and potential, and will be judged on all aspects of their 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival show. Final performances and judging will take place at Last Laughs, on Sunday 18 May 2014.

And the nominees are…