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NZICF 17 | Justine Smith – An Hour Roughly

Justine Smith is probably best described as a raconteuse.

The chill of an Auckland Autumn night became a distant memory as we packed into Vault at Q Theatre for an hour of hair-raising tales and no-holds-barred humour, spiced with frequent colourful language and served with lashings of opinionated style. The show flies by and feels like a fraction of a night out with an entertaining, lively new best friend.

Loosely based around the theme of Nature and Nurture, Justine’s show opens with a musical introduction to her family – in fact, family is a recurring theme throughout the evening, as she explores the story of her adoption in sometimes brutally honest style.

Justine’s time spent travelling in her twenties and, later, working in the hospitality industry have sharpened her banter like none other. Life, love, travel, work, men and children – no subject is safe from her hilariously frank observations and sharp-tongued opinions.

Go and see her if you like your stories lurid and your laughs frequent – just maybe don’t ask her about the third time she got arrested… Get tickets HERE.

3/5 Stars

JUSTINE SMITH performs at Vault at Q Theatre 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 16 | Nick Cody – Come Get Some!

Nick Cody brings his routine ‘Come Get Some’ to this years NZICF, in what I can only describe as a relaxed, enjoyable evening of comedy. Cody is very much your Aussie Bloke type character, with a general love of beer and sports; he reminded us of this several times during the show without seeming annoying – a feat in itself. He also has some very strong opinions when it comes to TripAdvisor.

His humour style is rather straight-forward and accessible; with anecdotes of his travels, a lost bicycle, and his lack of a drivers licence at 28 years of age. Cody maintained a steady pace throughout, not losing steam at all during the hour.

It had the comfortability of chatting to a mate at your local (or ‘overhearing’ an entertaining conversation), and I’d recommend checking out his show for a casual night out. By the end, I wanted to recommend some pubs for him to visit while in the city. He’s the kind of person who seems like they’d really enjoy a decent pint.

3/5 Stars

Get Tickets for Nick Codys’ show Come Get Some! HERE.

been | Raybon Kan

One of my earliest memory of Raybon Kan as a stand-up comedian was his brief appearance on old re-runs of Pulp Comedy (c. early 2000). Being a New Zealand born Chinese, I was intrigued with his rise to fame and recognition within a country that was still coming to terms with the fast cultural changes taking place in our big cities. I would have been an adolescent, perhaps a young teenager growing up in West-Auckland who could still recall a lot of racist encounters like a fresh flesh wound. Many of Raybon’s commentary on race, culture and racism would always strike a cord. Thankfully, the majority of racist behavior doesn’t happen much anymore in Auckland, well, not towards me anyway.

To my excitement I got given the opportunity to see Raybon Kan’s – Raybon without a Cause show on Wednesday night. The only ever times I had ever seen his work was through a television screen, this time I would make sure to experience his comedic routine in person.

Raybon’s appearance was well kept but casual, he had on a salmon coloured shirt which he left untucked over his tan coloured pants. The Crowd applaud and fell slowly into silence as he came on stage with a beer bottle in hand ready for his introduction. During that time and throughout the show I couldn’t help but think that he is much shorter in person, but then again he has the Asian genes, something that I am all too familiar with. As the show went on I realised a few things, growing up seeing a comedian on television never gives you the full perspective of their act. He seemed to exhibit a lot of thoughts, so many that if I collected all those silent moments and played it back to you, you would have a good ten to fifteen minutes of it. But that wasn’t a bad thing, good content comes from well collected thoughts. I had never realised how political he can be, he had his opinions on religion and he didn’t mind sharing them. You could say his opinions were a ‘matter-of-fact’ but border-lining offensive, and that was him being nice. Raybon is honest, sometimes that is hard to swallow, though he sparked two awkward walk outs that night, he still continued to keep the majority of us entertain and interested.

Let this be said… if you takes things too seriously, DO NOT attend, this show is designed for those with an open-mind. But if you are comfortable with laughing at the state of our society while being cognitively challenged, then this show would be for you. It was sad and uncomfortable to witness a walk out, but it is far worse to know that there are people on this planet that lack a sense humour. But hey, I guess a walk out is better and more sensible than a bottle being thrown.



Friday, May 17

10:00 pm @ Vault Q


Saturday, May 18

10:00 pm @ Vault Q


Book here: at the Q Theater website