DAVE WIGGINS is Googling God (USA)

Limelight Lounge, Aotea Centre, Auckland

24/04/2010 - 01/05/2010

BATS Theatre, Wellington

12/05/2010 - 15/05/2010

NZ International Comedy Festival 2010

Production Details

Award winning comedian Dave Wiggins is looking for God but not in the usual places. He isn’t visiting churches, synagogues or temples instead he is starting where most of the world does its searching, with Google.
And what happens when you Google God? Well, you get almost 500 million results (in 0.14 seconds). And what happens when you start clicking on all those links? Well, you’re about to find out.
Join Wiggins as he presents his findings (in 3600 seconds) exploring the interesting, weird, bizarre and scary things that are out there on the World Wide Web in a show laced with slick observations and satire.
This all new multimedia show breaks new ground for Wiggins while also featuring his trademark clean, energetic, observational comedy that audiences have come to love.
This year marks Wiggins’ seventh festival and forth solo making him one of the most experienced local acts. After consistently bringing the laughs to festival after festival, Wiggins returns with something a bit different for his audience. 
“I’m really excited about this new show,” Wiggins explains. “I’ve had great support and feedback from crowds in the past and I’m really looking forward to bringing this show to them. It will be like nothing you have seen from me before.”
Don’t miss this rising star of New Zealand comedy bring you his latest, truly unique show.
“It was brilliant. If you want to know why go see him.” Theatreview
“razor sharp wit” TVNZ 
Dates: Sat April 24 and Tues April 27 – Sat, May 1, 8:30pm
Venue: The Limelight Laugh Lounge, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE®
Tickets: $19.50 / $17.50 concession and group
Bookings:  0800 BUYTICKETS (289 842) www.buytickets.co.nzShow Duration: 1 hour  

Dates: Wed 12 – Sat 15 May, 7pm
Venue:  BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace
Tickets: $20 / $14 concession and groups 10+
Bookings: BATS (04) 802 4175 or book@bats.co.nz
Show Duration: 1 hour

God in cyberspace

Review by Priyanka Bhonsule (Hutt News) 13th May 2010

The Internet is a many-headed, distracting, amusing, scary beast and it helps that we have Dave Wiggins as our guide through it, for an hour at least.

A year ago, while trying to come up with ideas for a show, Wiggins decided to enter the term ‘god’ into Google and browse through every single result that came up. The many offshoots of the god search – Jesus, celebrities, god games, what god hates – are all covered in this simple yet entertaining show.

It’d have been very easy to let the Internet do the show for him as there are enough entertaining things out there to keep us all busy for the rest of our lives but Wiggins takes control; with certain comedic and editing skills, he pulls together the best (and worst) of the stuff found on the web and we’re taken on the ride along with him.

Though he had a slightly shaky start trying to engage with the audience with regional jokes (living in Auckland, being an American), Wiggins was in his element when talking about his show’s subject matter, aided very well by a PowerPoint presentation.

Thus we’re treated to some bizarre ideas like god’s favourite pizza topping, different interpretations of Jesus and sticking plasters that look like food (you’ll have to see it to believe it). Some of life’s burning questions are answered like who really wrote the Bible and what does god think of Mel Gibson?

Wiggins also gives his slant on certain things he found on the Internet about god or Jesus; being a Christian and a comedian sometimes pulls him in opposite directions but it has also given him a broader view of the world and the ability to find the funny in it.

Wiggins will certainly entertain and amuse you for an hour and whether you expected it or not, make you question your beliefs a little bit. If nothing else, when you get home, you’ll be Googling ‘god’.

[So ‘god’ gets a small ‘g’ and ‘Google’ get a capital ‘G’: I guess that sums up where we’re at in the new millennium. – ED]
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