Posts tagged nz international comedy festival
Posts tagged nz international comedy festival
My loyalty for the ladies has finally kicked in as I made it to another female comedians show last night.
Janey Godley ‘The Godley Hour’ has been at The Classic all this week so I was so pleased to get a chance to see the show before the end of her fantastic run.
I had been keeping up with Janey during her time in New Zealand through her blog and podcasts. This year’s visit to New Zealand has been an eventful one where she got to meet her idol Billy Connolly!
Glaswegian Janey Godley is comfortable in her own skin and this confidence means she is a comic who is fearless and provocative on stage. I believe that’s how great comedy is made and how she has been able to produce such consistently funny stand-up year after year.
She comes across open and honest in front of an audience who admire her as she performs her hour show at The Classic in Auckland.
No stone is left unturned as she takes us through her views on men, women and sex as well as other personal stories which often make her husband or daughter part of her act.
Her hilarious escapades are garnished with the odd swear word or four but she is by no means an offensive comic. I found her to be quite the opposite as she comes across honest and smart with an eccentric storytelling style which you just get lost in.
Janey is who she is and I think that’s why people warm to her. This was so evident when watching the reaction of those who met her after the show.
So pleased to have met Janey after the show
I am glad that there are strong female comics like Janey, proving the doubters wrong one night at a time!
This hour of stand-up is just that, traditional no frills joke and story telling which had a captivated audience roaring with laughter throughout.
You have just two chances left to see Janey in Auckland so get down to The Classic 18 & 19 May 8.30pm.
Last night I went to see Tarun Mohanbhai’s Joke In the Box at the Vault, Q Theatre.
This clever show sees Tarun play a comedian with a identity crisis who decides to reinvent himself.
Joke In The Box explores all the comedy clichés while ‘Ziggy’ the comedian tries to find his new style, eventually emerging as Tarun.
The show is narrated through Ziggy’s relationship with his agent Paul who only communicates with him via the phone, be it Alf or Smartphone shaped!
I have sat in the front row of many comedy gigs, and last night it meant that I got to join in the fun on stage as Ziggy tried out some magic on me.
He battles with his persona’s which include ventriloquism, interpretive dance and my personal favourite the ‘female’ comedian, he eventually emerges as Tarun, where he gives his best performance and brings out the biggest laughs of the night.
I wished I could have seen more of Tarun and less of Ziggy as I loved the idea and concept of the show, but felt he really came to life on stage as himself, where I definitely wanted to hear more.
You can see Tarun Mohanbhai at The Vault, Q Theatre until 19 May at the NZ International Comedy Festival.
There has been so many great shows on this week that I only got a chance to see Dan Willis’s last night but I am glad I did.
His hour show is based around his favourite film, yes you guessed it the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
This ex IT geek from the UK tells us of his life changing decision to quit his stable and comfortable job in IT to become a stand-up comedian.
He uses Ferris Bueller as his mentor or spiritual leader as he asks ‘What would Ferris do’ with any of his life’s decisions.
This seems to have worked for him so far and who didn’t admire Ferris, Cameron and Sloane and their youthful abandon.
Dan keeps his audience attention through a great paced show of anecdotal stories which he can relate back to the film, showing us some well-known clips or quotes. He is comfortable, with a laid back likeability on stage which makes his witty material flow smoothly around the structure of the show.
He also dissects the film slightly, analysing the characters journey and what we can learn from them.
He is charming and amusing with some great autobiographical stories. Dan goes back to his school days of being bullied right up to his avoidance of marriage during adulthood. All the while he cleverly involves and relates back to this iconic coming of age film.
I loved the idea of this show and it works really well. The fact that he has used such a classic and well loved film helps, as most of us want to be the cool kid who could pull of a ‘day off’ or indeed do a’ Dan’ and change your whole life!
Here I am with my ‘What would Ferris do?’ badge with Dan Willis after the show.
I think Dan made the right decision moving to comedy from IT. He may never get the call to save the world by turning a computer on and off again but as Ferris says, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around every once in a while, you could miss it.”
You have one more chance to see the show in Auckland, so don’t miss your chance to see how Ferris can be part of your life through an hour of laughs and funny reflections. Warning you may leave with a strong desire to watch the film again too!
Check out Dan Willis at The Classic Studio 12 May