Dave Wiggins: I’m a Believer

Fringe Bar, Cnr Cuba & Vivian, Wellington

12/05/2009 - 16/05/2009

Limelight Lounge, Aotea Centre, Auckland

19/05/2009 - 23/05/2009

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

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2009 Billy T nominee Dave Wiggins returns to the festival with his new show "I’m a Believer." Wiggins has been a Comedy Festival regular ever since his first outing in 2004 where he was voted Best Newcomer. This will be his third solo shows, so he’s no stranger to the process of pulling a crowd and making them laugh.

"I am very proud of my pervious solo shows at the festival," Wiggins explains. "But this year I wanted to write a show with a bit more substance. I’m a Believer is all about exploring what I believe in. Stand up is typically very cynical so I want to do a show that subverts that. I want to do a show that is meaningful and deep but in a positive and fun way."

I’m a Believer will feature Wiggins’ trademark clean, energetic observational humour as he weaves his way through topic such as politics, the internet, climate change, fatherhood and faith. 

"The concept for me is to explore these topics but not in a hard hitting way. My comedy has never been about alienating anyone with loud opinions or explicit material. I’d describe my shows as fun and funny." 

Don’t miss this rising star of NZ comedy as he presents his unique new show. 

"100% entertainment" – Theatreview  

"Dave Wiggins’ energy and general good natured humour come through and triumphed." – Lumiere  

Dates:  May 12-16, 7pm
Venue:  The Fringe Bar, Corner of Cuba and Vivian St
Tickets:  $18 / $16 concession and group
Bookings:  0800 TICKETEK (0800 842 5385) www.ticketek.co.nz 

Dates:  May 19-23, 7pm 
Venue:  The Limelight Laugh Lounge, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE® 
Tickets:  $18 / $16 concession and group
Bookings:  0800 BUYTICKETS (289 842) www.buytickets.co.nz 

A good human being to boot

Review by Venus Stephens 20th May 2009

Dave Wiggins has the same upbeat vibe as a ‘Kingston’ song.

‘Kingston’, for the uninformed, are a NZ Indie pop band that have a synthesized mix of playful lyrics and nice intentions in their tunes, much like our comedian tonight Dave Wiggins. He’s an ex-pat American, fully settled into NZ life with a NZ born wife and an 8 month old son. 

His comic style is lively with Marmite jokes blended easily alongside politically conscious topics like the Famine in Africa and US President Barrack O’Bama’s inauguration.

Faith is very important to Wiggins, but his set is only briefly visited by his Christian values. A quick rendition of what a ‘Hardcore Christian Death Metal’ song sounds like has the Limelight audience roaring with laughter. If you have never heard Death Metal, let alone Christian Death Metal, it is hilarious; with its menacing growls dedicated to God’s word. 

The 2009 Billy T Award nominee has a sprightly rapport with the audience, his 1 hour set also reflects on the oddities of local News and the quirky NZ stories that get the World’s press attention. It’s a night of good clean humour.

Precedence is given, at the end of the hour, to one of the many good causes Wiggins supports: The 40 Hour Famine charity. He encourages us to donate to the worthy cause by standing at the exit with a coin bag and info slips on how we can donate. It’s a noble man who can think of others while plying the crowd to tell friends and family to come and enjoy his show.

Not only is Dave Wiggins a believer, he’s a really good human being to boot. Go see his show. 
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It Was Brilliant

Review by Maryanne Cathro 13th May 2009

Dave Wiggins’ stand up show is named for the song famous in Wellington as its anthem. It’s a toe tapping, energetic number with optimism and good cheer oozing from every note. Just like Dave Wiggins!

This guy is infectiously funny – his humour is (relatively) clean while also sharp and observant. When he doesn’t get a big enough laugh the first time, he knows how to come back and tweak the crowd again and again until we relent.

We sat up the front and my husband got quite a rapport going. Wiggins speaks with his audience not at it – the cosy Fringe Bar is a great venue for this style and we had to restrain ourselves from getting into a conversation with him during the show, he is so engaging.

As an American resident in New Zealand for seven years, he still delights in the funny things we do and say here, and it could have palled but, darn it, he just had us pegged. To be fair, he dealt equal justice to conspiracy theories, fatherhood and talking to school kids about the 40 hour famine (not many comedians on the festival circuit have gone there!!)

Eventually his material got around to his belief in Jesus. As the poster for the show is in the window of the Christian bookshop I walk past every morning, I was expecting this and was curious to see how he would handle it. It Was Brilliant. If you want to know why, go see him.

Yup, I believe in Dave Wiggins’ ability to make people laugh themselves silly. I’m a believer too!
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