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Directed/Written by Tevita Manukia and John Carr
presented by BIP PRODUCTIONS

at The Classic, Auckland
From 6 Mar 2013 to 9 Feb 2013

Reviewed by:  Cherie Moore;


What does a half Tongan, half Irish comedian from the North Shore have in common with an aging Palagi Street rapper from the mean streets Bucklands Beach? The answers is 60 minutes on the same stage in a with “Brothers in Palms”, playing as part of the Auckland Fringe from March 6th.

Popular and award winning standup comedian Tevita Manukia makes up the Tongan and Irish component of the two man show, with 58 year old comedy rapper John Carr comprising the other third.

Both men are well known on the Auckland Stand-up scene. They have appeared many times in the same “line-up” in comedy shows this is their first collaboration, and their first entry into the edgy world of fringe festival comedy.

Tevita is the only Tongan Comedian working on the pro-circuit today. He was voted Most Improved Comedian (2010, 2011) by the NZ Comedy Guild. Tevita has great stage presence and possess a very unique rhythm to his delivery which enables him to charm and engage the audience, then take them to places other comics may not be able to. Tevita is likeable and very funny.

John Carr is a latecomer to stand-up comedy but has quickly become an audience favorite at The Classic, where he performs most often. He is also well known in New Zealand performance poetry circles, picking up wins in the "Poetry Idol" competition at the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival in the Poetry Slam at Going West Books and Writers Festival in recent years.

Brothers in Palms promises not only a vibrant blend of diverse stand-up styles, but also an hilarious, foot stomping, cross cultural, stereotype smashing hiphop finale that will have audiences pumping in the krump pit.

"Tevita Manukia does well with the graveyard shift at the conclusion of the show. He manages to keep it fresh, and keep us laughing, long after many shows would have died and begged to be put to bed." - Adey Ramsel, Theatreview

“Carr, who has a hugely impressive old white rapper routine, is brilliantly funny.” - Tracey Cooper Waikato Times

March 6th – 9th, 7pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Location: The Classic Comedy Bar Studio, Queen Street, Auckland City.
Tickets: $20 Bookings: 09 373 4321 or