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NZ International Comedy Festival
Diane Spencer: Tam Pompom

at Comedy Underground, 305 Queen St, Auckland
From 2 May 2009 to 9 May 2009
[1 hr, no interval]

Reviewed by James Amos, 3 May 2009

Good old fashioned British comedy - full of wit, charm, and filth!

Tam Pompom, yes, the title put me off a little too ... But once Dianne Spencer gets into the swing of things I remember why the British comedies of the eighties and early nineties are rated (by me) far above anything coming out of America at that time.

Spencer has charm like a light bulb, it brightens the stage - she's a real joy to watch - both bold and subtle at once, which reveals real confidence.

She discusses why she came to NZ and why she stayed, she fills us in on the dates she's been going on recently and other exploits as an actor and part time burlesque dancer.

Much of the show is about her relationship problems and about her relationship with her genitalia - please don't be put off by this because she really is very funny. "She's real kinda down to earth y'know?", I'm thinking, juxtaposed against this posh sounding English accent.

Perhaps the show should have be called Sex Ed with Dianne Spencer, because I hear probably the most useful piece of information there is to know about women (or about Dianne at least - but I'm hopeful that it transposes well to others of their kind) when she tells us about the six out of ten guy with the chilly at the friends wedding.

We all know that stand up comedians make up most of what they say about themselves to suit the story; this is fun and we suspend our disbelief imagining that its all true. The bit about the party popper, however, breaks the illusion for me. Not because it is going too far, but because it is just too implausible. It would be great if Dianne could come up with something else for this bit.

She mentions that this is her first solo performance. I look forward to seeing much more of her stand up comedy in the future. 
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The Invisible Reviewer posted 10 May 2009, 02:26 PM / edited 10 May 2009, 12:00 AM

I sat and watched this young delicate "English Rose", her voice pure aroma and her language the thorns. There is something inherently sexy about hearing a "received" english accent used (or should I say abused?) by language that would turn your hair grey. She is easy on the eye certainly, but she tackles the stage and the audience like a UFC cage fighter. Many female comediennes I've seen over the years, appraoch the stage with the "like me... oh please like me..." attitude. Diane Spencer (all references to another famous Spencer aside) came out and kicked the stage in the nuts. Before the audience can recover she unleashes a tirade of comedic blows that left the audience dizzy, had a referee been in play, a standing 8 count would have been required. She is very clever, very witty, sharp combinations of comedic bliss. Well done Ms. Spencer, money well spent, I suspect I'll need to do a few more stomach crunches before I venture into the comedy ring to see you again, if only to prepare myself for the workout you are sure to put them through. Bloody good advice for all and sundry there! Dont take her slight frame lightly, Diane Spencer is a comedic heavyweight.