Andrew McClelland’s Mixed Tape

Comedy Underground, 305 Queen St, Auckland

08/05/2007 - 12/05/2007

BATS Theatre, Wellington

15/05/2007 - 19/05/2007

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

Production Details

Andrew McClelland
Directed by Alan Brough


Andrew McCelland loves music. So do you. Sure, there are some people who claim they don’t like music, but they’re like people who claim they don’t like chocolate. You’re nice to them, but behind their back everyone thinks they’re a bit not-normal. But Andrew McClelland loves music. You know; chart pop, indie, alternative, hip-hop, goth, folk, power pop, punk, swing, be-bop, country, electronica, soul, doo-wop, metal, thrash, grind, hard, and various other ‘cores’.

MIXED TAPE is a celebration of music… with jokes.

2007 has seen Andrew has performing at Melbourne’s Big Day Out and recording an episode of the new season of ABC TV’s hit show Spicks and Specks. One of Australia’s most exciting young comics Andrew has toured with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe three times and clocked up eight consecutive Melbourne International Comedy Festivals. He is in constant demand as an M.C and headline act across Australia.

Mixed Tape has played to capacity houses at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe and Adelaide Fringe. 2007 is Andrew’s third visit to New Zealand, his first show “The Somewhat Accurate History of Pirates” won the Comedians’ Choice Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and was performed in Auckland and Dunedin. Andrew has worked extensively in both commercial and community radio, and is currently a co-host of ‘Nonstopical’ one of Australia’s most popular comedy podcasts.

“a genuinely entertaining show… He can make me a mix tape any time. 4 Stars” – The Age  

“Utterly brilliant.  Mix Tape is without question my favourite show of this year’s festival. I’m not so much suggesting you see it as ordering you to.” – The Program.

“one of the most infectiously joyful and enthusiastic comics in Australia” – Chortle UK

Dates:  Tue 8 – Sat 12 May, 8.30pm
Venue:  Comedy Underground, Wallace Trust Gallery, 305 Queen St, Auckland City
Tickets:  Adults $22 Conc. $18 Groups 10+ $1018
Bookings:  Ticketek 0800 TICKETEK (0800 842 5385)
Show Duration:  1 hour 

Dates:  Tue 15 – Sat 19 May, 8pm
Venue:  BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington City
Tickets:  Adults $18 Conc. $12 Groups 10+ $12
Bookings:  BATS 04 802 4175
Show Duration:  1 hour

Theatre , Stand-up comedy , Music , Solo ,

1 hr

Moments of absurdity and hilarity amid infectious warmth

Review by Thomas LaHood 17th May 2007

Andrew McClelland explicitly states that he has personally selected the seven music tracks that punctuate his show, "to make you like me".  His premise is to explore the science and intention (mostly romantic) of making musical mixes for other people.  And like a good mix tape, it bears an earnest charm, as if toiled over in secret for nights upon end.

McClelland’s boyish enthusiasm is exhibited from the very start, as he prances onstage to the Jackson 5’s ‘Want You Back’ and performs a very bouncy dance number, beaming away like a gigantic, tipsy guinea pig.  His joyful appreciation of music permeates the show and keeps us onside throughout.  However, at times he takes his naïve exuberance too far and enters into an affected, mincing, whining routine that elicits more of a wince than a laugh.

The show is structurally very sound, each new track evoking a new feel and a new set of ruminations on themes of love and social status.  It allows McClelland to exercise his verbose, cerebral wit without becoming dull, and to create variety and originality within otherwise fairly well-worn territory.  He breaks up the talking with dance and song, and uses the theatre space well, crossing the floor to hug my companion in the front row whose interjection destroyed one of his punchlines.

Like any mix tape, it doesn’t all work.  There’s always one track that betrays the author’s good taste and causes us to reach for the fast-forward button.  McClelland’s gags about Hip-Hop, for example, are not funny enough to save him from simply appearing snobbish about the genre, and his punchlines are often flat and wordy.  Occasionally also he is guilty of trying to milk gags that didn’t work the first time.

Discussing Metal – from Hair to Death – McClelland is on much safer ground, as he is when covering Morrissey and the Smiths (perhaps in more depth than he needs to).  With these sequences his obvious love for the music shines through and carries the material to more interesting heights.  The highlight is a wildly rambling diatribe in honour of his ex-girlfriend, performed to a minimalist techno instrumental track that reaches an audacious climax.

Mix Tape is an ambitious venture, a risky ploy for our affection.  There are moments of absurdity (‘Barrister on Ice’?), moments of hilarity (a roam through some crappy LP covers a la Dave Letterman), and moments of weakness, but when creating a mix it’s the thought put into it that counts, and this show has a solid integrity throughout.  In the end, McClelland’s infectious warmth won the audience over to such a degree that he was able to enlist our help in a final sing-a-long – no mean feat for a Wellington crowd.


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