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An eggy delicious treat? A party food alternative to the irresistible chain of cheerios featured at kids’ parties. Or a chance to truly learn how to spell a word that doesn’t tend to feature in the average everyday vocabulary?
The Project’s roving reporter and comedy writer Tony Lyall, the man with the boyish good looks, is back with ‘Quiche’, a show about ‘being brave and trying new things’.
Tony’s an affable guy, originally from Blenheim he’s now married, father to a baby boy and living in West Auckland where public transport trips are always an adventure – not necessarily a pleasant one – but at least they have resulted in him verifying to himself and the audience that he is up for the task of random spelling challenges from those of the alternative substances persuasion.
A talented storyteller, Lyall weaves his way through tales of those of the generation that like to give unrequested advice on capitalism while shopping in Bunnings, interjecting a little politics into the conversation to ensure that he ticks those boxes. Those who saw his ‘Just Kidding’ show last year will enjoy the tie backs, the latest endeavours of his son Ardie (who in no way, shape or form can or should be compared to a furbaby) bringing about genuine hilarity.
As a writer for 7 Days and with a regular slot on The Rock, Lyall has a voice that is both familiar and easy to listen to, taking aim at a couple of members of the audience he can tease without overstepping the line, while simultaneously segueing into a side note memory that brought about great mirth to both himself and those present.
The hour-long show flows well, with audience laughter frequenting throughout, Lyall at one point achieving a lifelong dream when it came to crowd participation. A little trip back into Lyall’s own teenage days involving citrus fruit, local police and op-shop scout jerseys was the source of much amusement, those from small towns themselves nodding heads in agreement.
But what’s this all got to do with that delicious eggy treat that Tony Lyall promised earlier in the show? Enter a story about a friend’s wedding. Complete with a couple of props, Lyall proves that he is indeed the saver of nuptial celebrations in the utmost unique and spectacular way. However, there is also an integral and poignant note attached, a very personal anecdote that hits home and one that Lyall delivers with both respect, humility and complete honesty. A sobering moment it may have been, but it elicited a very much deserved round of applause.
Tony Lyall is a natural comedian, his show containing enough varied material to ensure that there is something for everyone, even if you don’t ever look at pineapples in the same way again. So please, don’t forget to try the quiche.
Words Glenn Blomfield
Once again NZ International Comedy Festival starts. Opening Night was a busy affair, with hordes of people catching the first shows, I made way to Emma Newborn at the Basement theatre. The intimate theatre was at near full capacity.The evening was a 50 minute show, not stand up, but a one person acted comedy theatre. Emma took on the role of our protagonist Coral, just like the living growing organism, there is more that meet the eyes with this organism that lays under the sea, but has allot to offer, but yet needs to be understood.
Just like a Richard Attenborough discovery our planet documentary, we have a microscopic view of the strange and wonderful organism that is Coral. We view her life as a day at the office, a lonely receptionist, working for a Carpet underlay company, Coral idolises her boss Brian. The day is building up to a big business product carpet underlay demonstration. The only problem is Coral is left to run the show, and that naturally doesn’t bode well. The show is all about Coral and this day and its build to its apocalyptic style ending.
Emma Newborn has built a slow build show, quirky and patient, it grows comedic nuisances with subtle growth, building into more comedy anarchy. The general audience were laughing along, enjoying the character Coral. For me it was a slower build, there was a few laugh out moments, that shines of comedic cleverness, but what really won me over was its build to its manic ending, it throws it out there, Coral explosive energy was laugh out riot finish.
Overall the show works as an enjoyable experience, it is more on the quirky, oddball comedy, where it builds up to the final act, where things go laugh out loud comedy, you just have take the ‘Coral’ ride to get there. Emma Newborn is showing signs of shinning bright in NZ comedy.
Saturday night I caught the early show by Eli Matthewson and Brynley Stent, more commonly known as Exes at Q Theatre. The show began with a slideshow of various pictures from their childhood through to their dating days and it wasn’t long before the couple, no pair, took to stage.
The dynamic of this duo certainly came across as well rehearsed however I enjoyed most when the script wasn’t kept to and Eli temporarily lost composure during a scripted scene of intimate nature. The crowd took a while to warm up and get the drift of the jokes and nuances that were meant to inspire laughter and while it wasn’t a laugh a minute there were a couple of good belly laughs to be had.
The atmosphere was very relaxed and the content was relevant to the now and was refreshingly feel-good with no negative vibe.
My only gripe is that I feel the Space Time Continuum could not possibly be torn any further as this was very repetitive with 4 or 5 times during the one hour they were on stage. The date of their break up, December 12 2009, is one that will be hard to forget as the evening was spent sharing various possible alternate versions of their lives. For my introduction to the Comedy Festival these two have left me craving more.
A decent crowd more than half filled the Loft at Q Theatre and with one gentleman being taken up on stage as a participant, it created that little bit extra to draw everyone in. After it turned out that that particular skit had homosexual undertones, the volunteer looked rather awkward as he headed off stage.
With some well performed Shakespearean monologues as well as some singing, the feigned awkwardness between these two only built a higher expectation. I am glad to say I was not disappointed and I, for one, am sure glad these two did split up as this created a great working relationship and I look forward to more from them.
Words Kimberly Jones
A 2016 Raw Comedy Quest Finalist, Harry Thompson-Cook was a part of the International Comedy Festival at Q Theatre Friday and Saturday night. He graduated from the Class Comedians in 2015, where we were told he was basically a labourer that built the very stage he was performing on. When he entered the stage, adorned with an acoustic guitar, I thought I was being set up for a music review but oh how wrong I was.
Previously described as having unique riddles I can confirm that the performance I saw was indeed unique. With content based around himself and some rather weak stories he tried to make into funny tales I was left not knowing what to put in here to be honest. Upon seeing him, I assumed he was a reasonably new act and believe that everyone has to start somewhere.
Announcing to those gathered last night, that he wanted to be a ‘rock star’ Harry Thompson-Cook began and ended his set behind a guitar. His singing voice was quite a pleasant surprise as he sang some gags for the last little while before jumping off the stage and almost taking the curtain with him. There was one particular gentleman that was extremely vocal in his appreciation of the handful of jokes that warranted a response from the crowd.
Harry seemed to me to carry some nerves when he hit stage as often times words combined into a mumble or an ummm. He recounted a story or two from his days at Rutherford High School as well as tales of failed romances and even one of getting his lunch burnt one day at a Pita Pit. The joke he claimed was meant to be the highlight of his show was completely missed by the audience Saturday night with Harry having to explain who Levi Hawkes was after their was awkward silence in the Cellar. With another festival under his belt and a bit more life experience for content purposes I would like to see how this rock star develops his career, whether it be as a comedian or as a manager of a Pita Pit franchise.
Words Rich Beckmann-Flay
He is back! Some of you might not have even noticed that he was gone, or even realised that he was here in the first place, that doesn’t matter. last night’s show Full Head Of Steam was an apt and (timely) reminder.
The Kiwi star of the critically acclaimed “New Zealand Today” web series and ex studio bomber of Jono & Ben, took a short break from his busy schedule of arguing with people on the internet to make his self-described “triumphant” return to Auckland, the place where he has been all along.
After some time of getting my ‘Guy Williams’ experience from the TV and Radio waves, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from his live show. Starting off in a darkened theatre, Guy’s appearance on the stage was surprisingly clear, even from five rows from the back, in the sizeable theatre space.
Guy deftly rolled into fairly ‘tapu’ topics around Te Reo with unrestrained but great care (pretty fly for a white guy) and managed to serve up a collective bunch of political and racial observations, without dragging on and on about (Kiwi Trump) Donald Brash or political ‘wall builder’ slash megalomaniac Donald Trump (the REAL one)
I would have laughed out loud more, but had a frightful fear of being singled out as a heckler. So the live Guy Williams experience exceeded all expectation, overall, an uplifting show that kept a smirk on my dial throughout the night (and dark).
Dial A Bouncer is the latest show from talented director/actor Jarred Tito. The four part mini series follows Campbell, a self made businessman who trys to get his Dial A Bouncer business off the ground. Here he has trouble getting his bouncer Oggi a job outside a building while his car is getting wheel clamped. Watch the hilarious first episode here.
On this episode NZ software developer Robert Collins joins the show for a wide ranging discussion with host Paul Spain. Talk covers Spark NZ, Boeing, Tesla and Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicles and much more.
Hosted by Paul Spain and guest Robert Collins
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Thanks to Libel Music Folk/Pop artist Sophie Mashlan talks to Wal & Mark about her new NZ Tour for her new album Perfect Disaster released Tuesday 23rd April. Hear her play her new single live Not This Time exclusive in the studio. click here to watch her perform her song.
Ransomware takes The Weather Channel of air, $100m Kiwisaver fund for startups, 30 Day Startup book – NZ Tech Podcast 436
30 Day Startup book, Ransomware vs The Weather Channel, Amazon and Google make up, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Tesla unveils autopilot chip, 2degrees group semi-unlimited group plan, Vodafone kllling email forwarding, $100m Simplicity/Ice Angels/K1W1 Kiwisaver partnership.
Hosted by Paul Spain and guests Sam Kamani – Product Done / 30 Day Startup book
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