Posts tagged Auckland
Posts tagged Auckland
This UK namesake of the lead singer of one of the world’s most famous bands is in Auckland performing his show Chris Martin No. Not That One.
Chris is energetic from the offset, keeping a great pace throughout the show. He is upbeat yet self-deprecating with a youthful enthusiasm which lets you know he loves what he does.
This show focuses on our judgements of both ourselves, and of those around us. Throw in Chris’s neurosis of being alone, immature, thinking too much and being easily distracted and we have the show!
He draws on anecdotes from his own life as well as from his friends and family, his father gaining a starring role. Who would have thought a food diary could be both a literary and comedy masterpiece!
Chris takes us on a journey through various silliness and childish escapades that encompass his life including; inter-species prank playing, unnecessary lying, grown men in theme parks and why you should never text and drive.
His interactions with the audience are fun and inoffensive creating a relaxed environment of ‘we’re all friends here.’
Chris accuses himself of being easily distracted but in a comedy show I think this is a good thing and I think his distractions work well. I enjoy him jumping around topics and I even think he could do more of it!
Chris is not ready to grow up, and that’s fine as this ‘Peter Pan’ comedian is funny, engaging and charming to watch and what’s so good about being grown up anyway??
Chris Martin No. Not That One is on at the Basement Studio until 12 May as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival.
I had been looking forward to Anil Desai’s Night At The Movies ever since I first saw the NZ International Comedy Festival programme.
I am a huge movie fan and a huge live comedy fan so the idea of combining them both seemed genius to me.
Anil’s hour show is great for a movie fan as you will not only recognise the actors he impersonates but the classic movie lines he quotes too.
Anil’s love of cinema began at the age of six and has culminated in his adult life into this amazing talent of impersonating some of our favourite movie stars.
His impersonations are spot on, add to that the ability to switch seamlessly between them within anecdotal stand-up and you get this unique and entertaining show.
I loved his movie trailers which starred three of the heavy hitters of cinema; Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Keanu Reeves, all expertly imitated and caricatured.
The audience can get involved too, which was to the particular joy of one young man in the crowd who couldn’t wait to jump on stage with Anil, having seen his show at last year’s festival.
Anil banters with the audience a few times during the show but talks of his ineptitude at dealing with hecklers, so it is in his impersonations where he truly shines.
One of the highlights had to be when Al Pacino and Robert De Niro both get involved in Anil’s personal life, along with a shorter Jeff Goldblum of course!
You will be surprised at how many perfect impersonations Anil can portray and indeed how many famous voices you instantly recognise.
Anil’s hours of movie watching have paid off, as only a true fan could create such brilliant impersonations and even dissect them simply so that you can have a go too.
Here I am with Anil trying to learn the Robert De Niro face!
Anil really loves what he does. His talent, abilities and comedic instincts have made him a deserving international success.
You can see Anil Desai’s Night At The Movies until 12 May at The Loft at Q, Auckland as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival.
His new stand-up show is in conjunction with his first book conveniently also named This Way to Spaceship, a handy autobiographical end of world companion where you can hear how NZ’s biggest stand-up comic went from meek geek to king of cool.
There was a buzz in the air as we took our seats, I had seen Rhys live in Edinburgh in 2009 but was so excited to see him again and this time in his home country!
As a warm up to the main event the start of the show began with our briefing and announcements by Rhys as ranger Bill Napier. I love this guy as he has a sort of silly innocence about him and was a great teaser for what was to come.
Bill then introduced the support act for the evening Steve Hughes. I had seen the posters of Steve around Auckland for his show Heavy Metal Comedy, and I was attending his show the next day so I was eager to watch him and find out what I was in for.
I was not at all disappointed as this UK based, Australian raised comic was hilarious. He worked a possibly hesitant crowd of Rhys fans to win them over and have us all is fits of laughter.
He was a great warm up to the main event and definitely made me excited about his show. He was intelligent and sharp and his social commentary around sport, homophobia and the feminisation of men was one of the funniest routines I’ve ever heard!
There was then an interval which I feel knocked the momentum out a bit as I just wanted to carry on laughing, but it wasn’t long before the show started.
Performing to a backdrop of the initials RD with a lightning bolt through, the spaceship lights and noises began and Rhys was on stage.
As we approach the end of the Mayan calendar in the year 2012 and thus the end of the World, Rhys looks back at how he got where he is and became who he is through various anecdotal comedy routines.
He used his vast stage space, running and leaping around with boundless energy, to bring his stories to life while using his scenes in the ‘spaceship’ as a base around his narratives.
Particular favourites and highlights of mine included the best Dressage based comedy miming of all time, the trials and tribulations of modern bathroom appliances, the differences in men and women’s searching techniques and some quite dazzling and admirable dance moves.
There were fewer sound effects than the last time I watched him and he performs the whole show as himself and not as various characters. I adored his anecdotal style which was able to take the simple act of greeting someone and make it into a farcical stage romp!
I was so pleased to be able to meet Rhys after the show and get my copy of This Way to Spaceship signed!
My only criticism of the show was that some of the spot lights were right in my eyes on a few occasions. I am hoping that this was noticed as I was not the only one shielding my eyes from the beams.
Rhys Darby has had huge success around the world on TV, film and as a stand –up so it’s a real pleasure to have this Kiwi comic back on stage in New Zealand. The warmth of the audience towards him proved how likable and loved he is.
This is a sold out show so I don’t need to sell it to you but I can tell everyone seeing it that they won’t be disappointed by this excellent show which leaves you knowing a little bit more about one of New Zealand’s national treasures!