BATS Theatre (Out-Of-Site) Cnr Cuba & Dixon, Wellington

07/05/2014 - 10/05/2014

NZ International Comedy Festival 2014

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2014 Billy T Award nominee Brendon Green is a nice guy. Probably.

Some More Mr Nice Guy sees Green examining the devious side of self-imposed and widely accepted ‘nice guy’ persona. What if it’s all a lie? What if people finally knew the real Brendon Green? And, most horrifically, what if they didn’t like him?

By premiering the all-new Some More Mr Nice Guy as part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival, Green is putting his reputation on the line in the name of humour. After winning the Best Newcomer award in 2012 (NZ International Comedy Festival), and then following it up with a popular and acclaimed show in 2013 (Top 10 Performances of 2013 – The Lumiere Reader), as well as a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with FanFiction Comedy, Brendon Green has now planned his most innovative and personal show to date.

Mixing hilarious traditional stand-up with skilful wordplay, works of written fiction, sweet musical comedy and potentially harrowing personal admissions, Some More Mr Nice Guy is a comedy show that expands the genre in all possible directions. Always ready to place the joke squarely on himself, Green brings a refreshing combination of self-deprecation and charm to the stage, although that might not save him this time around.

It’s not all kittens and butterflies behind the cheeky smiles, and Brendon Green should know. He hates kittens.  
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As part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, grab some mates and join us for a great night of laughs from 24 April – 18 May.

For the full Comedy Fest show line-up head to

Dates: Wed 7 May – Sat 10 May, 9.30pm
Venue: BATS Theatre, Cnr Cuba & Dixon Sts
Tickets: $18 full price, $15 Concession + Groups
Bookings: 04 802 4175 or  

Dates: Tue 13 – Sat 17 May, 8.45pm
Venue: The Basement Studio, Level 1, Lower Greys Ave
Tickets: $18 full price, $15 Concession + Groups
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) or 


Two out of three hilariously cringe-inducing

Review by Shannon Friday 08th May 2014

The main conceit of the evening is that Green opens up his deepest, darkest secrets (or at least the deepest darkest secrets he is willing to tell a room full of strangers) and then at the end of the night, we judge whether or not he is actually a nice guy.  And I totally buy into this game.  It’s great.  Who doesn’t like judging people, really?

There are three main stories, and the first and last are brave, honest, and absolutely engaging; familiar situations in which no-one can really be ‘nice’, only maybe be a decent human being.  Green’s comparisons of his shortcomings with his desire to be a nice guy provides hilarious, cringe-inducing moments. 

The middle story feels unshaped; confessional, as such comedy must be, but I’m not sure where the laughs are here, and I’m mostly just really uncomfortable.  It is also the one experience I’ve not had myself, and there may be something in there about how this kind of comedy works. 

In between the stories is a random hodgepodge of different types of comedy.  It reminds me of how my babysitter used to tell if spaghetti was done: throw it against the wall and see whether it sticks.  There are two songs, including starting the show with the lyrics “everybody dies.”  The title of the song is a great punchline, and prepares me for a wry night. 

A second song of one-liners mostly falls flat; the jokes here feel pretty old hat, though combining all the jokes at the end provides a late lift.  Doing familiar stuff means the joke becomes how it is executed, and it just needs a more complex payoff.  And Green masters this in his first and last story – I want to know how he fouled up those situations from the moment he lays them out. 

The observational bits are mostly forgettable.  There could be more in there around this question of what does it even mean to be nice, such as in a great moment in which Green explains why the phrase “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be” is the best moral you could possibly teach kids. 

For me, Green’s greatest gifts are as a storytelling comedian, like Mike Birbiglia or Louis CK, rather than a one-liner guy like Jimmy Carr or witty observer like Nick Rado.  Those stories, man – that’s when Green really shines.


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