The Garden Club, 13b Dixon Street, Wellington

05/05/2010 - 08/05/2010

NZ International Comedy Festival 2010

Production Details

Brendhan Lovegrove is set to storm the capital for the first time since winning the coveted Fred Award in 2006. This is your chance to catch the notorious comedian in all his glory.
Auckland has delighted in Lovegrove’s new material for the last 3 festivals, now its Wellingtons turn. Billy T Award recipient in 1998, Lovegrove is one of the sharpest Comics on the circuit, winning the Comedy Guild Award for Best Male Comedian for the last three year running.
Proof of his genius comes not just from his peers but audiences who have flocked to see him over the years.
Lovegrove is also a respected comic on the international circuit, winning praise and followers where ever he performs. He hit the U.K pro comedy circuit in 2000 and became one of the most prolific performers, notching up over 300 shows in his first year.
He has performed at the best comedy festivals across the world as well as playing prestigious clubs such as Jongleurs and The Comedy Store.
Don’t miss this opportunity to catch one of the most exciting comics to emerge from New Zealand. Approaching his 20th year performing he defines cutting edge comedy.
“Lovegrove is one of the most exciting comics to emerge from NZ. Approaching his 20th year performing he is defines cutting edge comedy. Leave your Nana at home, he is sure to offend!"

Dates: Wed 5 – Sat 8 May, 10.00pm
Venue:  The Garden Club, 13B Dixon St, City
Tickets: Adults $25, Conc $20, Groups 10+ $20
Booking: Ticketek , 0800Ticketek 
Show Duration: 1 hour

Jokes about bodily functions, race and sex

Review by Phoebe Smith 06th May 2010

Brendhan Lovegrove opens to a small house at the Garden Club at 10pm on a Wednesday night. Rather than ignoring the audience’s size, he confronts it immediately and warms the audience up by doing so.

Lovegrove’s approach remains confrontational throughout and the audience response is mixed. Hecklers must be prepared to be taken down a peg or two, and minorities must once again attempt to maintain a smile in the face of a series of gags that could easily be mistaken for insults.

Lovegrove is described as “a favourite on the campus circuit” and it is easy to imagine his beer-swilling onstage persona rarking up a pub full of drunken students. Those who have seen little comedy will certainly better appreciate his act – several of his jokes were gags I had heard before.

While I did not enjoy Lovegrove’s show, it is only fair to say that there were members of the audience who laughed consistently throughout. Like everything, comedy is a matter of taste.

If jokes about bodily functions, race and sex are your cup of tea, then head along to his show – otherwise I would not recommend it.


BeeZee May 14th, 2010

Although i disagree with this reviewer's tastes (I happen to find Brendhan Lovegrove absolutely and relentlessly hilarious), I do respect the way she has noted that her disapproval of the show, is her own opinion, and she accurately reported that the majority of the audience enjoyed it.

Some reviewers don't do that.

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