Benjamin Crellin’s: APOCALYPSE SOON!

Comedy Underground, 305 Queen St, Auckland

02/05/2009 - 09/05/2009

BATS Theatre, Wellington

13/05/2009 - 16/05/2009

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

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The End is Nigh(ish)

Top kiwi stand up Benjamin Crellin tackles that timeless and timely topic: The End of The World.  From prophecies of cataclysm, to philosophies of terrorism with all the nut bars in between.  Whether it’s collapsing economies, or marauding zombies, this show is a must for anyone who enjoys a giggle at the prospect of our species demise. THE END IS NIGH(ish)!

Fresh from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and the New Zealand and Dunedin Fringe Festivals; APOCALYPSE SOON! is Crellin’s ninth solo show.

Benjamin Showcased at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival with Flight of The Conchords (2004) and has worked extensively across the U.K, South Africa and the Canadian Fringe circuit.

His television appearances include in seven episodes of Pulp Comedy, six Comedy Festival galas and four showcase appearances at the Billy T Awards.

Not afraid of the hard subjects, Crellin is known for his superb writing and his ability to find hilarious angles in areas where many other comics fear to tread.

4.- 5 STARS
"like a cross between Lenny Bruce and Dennis Leary with an angry smart guy vibe that is all his own"- (Times columnist, Victoria B.C , 05)

"Despite his rant, his humour never falters. It’s not often that a comic routine stimulates both the funny bone and the mind. We talked about this show well after we left the theater" – (Edmonton Sun 05)

Dates:  Sat 2, Tues 5 – Sat 9 May, 8.30pm
Venue:  The Comedy Underground
Tickets:  Adults $20 / Conc. $16 / Groups 8+ $16
Bookings:  0800 TICKETEK (842 5385)

Dates:  Wed 13 – Sat 16 May, 9.30pm
Venue:  BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace, City
Tickets:  Adults $18 / Concession $13 / Groups 8+ $16
Bookings:  BATS 04 802 4175 or

Clever, funny and thought-provoking

Review by Hannah Smith 15th May 2009

The end is nigh(ish)!

According to the best calculations of the Christians, the Muslims, the Mayan calendar, and Kiwi comedian Benjamin Crellin, the time of the Apocalypse is at hand.

In his witty and well-researched set Crellin considers the current state of world affairs and draws the conclusion that this is the end of days, Armageddon is approaching, and the Antichrist walks amongst us – in a pair of tacky stilettos.  After all, the ‘anti’ Christ must be the exact opposite of Christ, right?  Rich, white, superficial, stupid – and a woman.

This is comedy with a bite. Natural disasters, global warfare and widespread disease are not topics that lend themselves naturally to laughter, but Crellin has an acerbic and intelligent wit that finds humour in dark places and he is not afraid to share it.  His musings on the horrors we see on the evening news have the audience chuckling with guilty laughter, even as the comedian himself eyeballs us and expresses what is at heart a valid fear for the end of the planet.

Crellin is no more afraid of offending than he is of tackling the big topics.  His jabs at religious fundamentalists and the mentally ill toe the borderline of acceptable humour, but he has a keen awareness of his audience’s sensibilities and when he goes too far soon manages to bring us back in again.  And it is difficult to be offended when so many of Crellin’s jokes are aimed at himself.

Crellin is clearly a comedy pro. He is a confident and comfortable performer who builds an easy rapport with the audience and delivers an hour of material that is clever, funny and thought-provoking. His set also contains what I am sure is the best pun of the festival – I will not tell you what it is, you will have to go and see it.

Highly recommended for all people who are currently alive but scared one day they will be dead.
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Self-effacing, confident and shameless

Review by James Amos 03rd May 2009

This stuff is stand up comedy gold because its so funny, yet makes a point as well. Crellin’s delivery is relaxed and he is so at home on stage, quipping with the audience seamlessly, he’s clearly a seasoned pro.

The comedy is always on at least two levels; on the surface the setup and punch-lines are hilarious. Yet there’s a delicate irony for those who wish to explore it, which is great!  There’s nothing worse than being hit with a social point like a frying pan in the face.

Crellin brilliantly mocks our over hyped fears, the Swine flu, the conflicts in the middle east – the great fundamentalist showdown, the recession. He takes aim at our over sensitivity to anything that could be misconstrued as racist, our desensitisation to destruction in the 1st world compared with the immediate suffering in the 3rd  and answers the question that I’d been wondering for some time: "what is the 2nd world?".

Fear of annihilation through so many possible methods has been pushed out to us through the silver screen aiding the news reports but Crellin allows us to touch base for a moment with reality and have a good laugh at the absurdity of a fear based world around us, created in studios where even human suffering itself is made into a product.

He is self-effacing, confident and shameless – all great qualities in a person and more so in a stand up comedian.

As always with Stand up I really don’t want to ruin the jokes but I will say that I thoroughly recommend this show. Crellin starts at the end – the end of the Bible, and stays there – at the end of the world. I share his optimism for our wee small country though. Our best defence: the fact that were not even shown on the world map in the board game Risk. 
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