EDD RIVERA: A Mexican Without Borders / Ese Wey Parece Isleño

BATS Theatre, Studio, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

12/03/2021 - 13/03/2021

NZ Fringe Festival 2021

Production Details

In English one night (12 March), then Spanish the next (13 March)!

A Mexican Without Borders

From the Cosmopolitan city of Tonala, Mexico, Edd Rivera brings you the adventures of living in a first world country, and the differences that his culture has with the New Zealand Lifestyle, learning the fact that New Zealand is not in Europe, that Pies get you fatter than tacos, and somehow everyone loves the movie blood in blood out and Selena. Breaking and becoming the full Mexican Stereotype Edd Rivera will teach you about ancient techniques to raise your kids… very similar to the Polynesian ones… and of course what is the real Mexican Food! 

Ese Wey Parece Isleño

En este chistoso show, Edd Rivera les trae sus anécdotas de cómo llegó a Nueva Zelanda y darse cuenta que tiene una cierta similitud con los nativos de este lado del mundo, aprender que su inglés por muy bueno que sea no le sirvió para nada en este país, al igual que darse cuenta que los pays te engordan mas que unos buenos tacos, convivir con gente de sudamérica y darse cuenta que no somos tan diferentes, todos tenemos el mismo sistema que nos hace huir de nuestros países, Ven a reirte de y con Edd Rivera!

BATS Theatre, The Studio 
(English) 12 March – (Spanish) 13 March 2021
The Difference $40 
Full Price $20 
Group 6+ $18 
Concession Price $15 
Addict Cardholder $14 

*Access to The Studio is via stairs, so please contact the BATS Box Office at least 24 hours in advance if you have accessibility requirements so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Read more about accessibility at BATS.  

Theatre , Stand-up comedy ,

1 hr

A lot of truth to laugh about

Review by Margaret Austin 13th Mar 2021

Edd Rivera is appearing at BATS studio and he attracts a full house. A large, bearded, cheerful-seeming figure looms before us. His T-shirt reads “I can eat tacos”. This is Edd? Well, Eduardo.

He’s been in New Zealand for four years – working in Mexican joints, managing to stay in employment despite advising customers, “This isn’t a real burrito.” He’s amazed at the self-check-out system we’ve got here and disarmingly informs us he can’t be trusted with it. 

But wait! There’s more. There’s two of them. An even larger Mexican appears in place of his introducer: the Edd of the main bill. “I’m brown – soccer brown not rugby brown” – and we’re off.

Edd hails from Auckland, though originally Tonala, Jalisco, and he’s popped down (if that’s the word) for the festival. He’s new to Wellington and he’s appreciating having his own personal air conditioning.

Self-deprecation is a hallmark of this performance and the principal reason for Edd’s success. I’m getting hints of Billy T James. He works in construction – making tunnels – but doesn’t enter them any more. On flights, the attendants take one look at him and reseat him in business class. On deciding to emigrate to New Zealand, he thinks that means he’ll be able to visit London.  

As well as digs at immigration, there’s riskier territory and I find myself wondering why it is that someone from another country can get away with a joke about one of our dearest-held laws. If a New Zealander made such a joke, he/she/they would be greeted with a stony silence. What’s going on?

I hope I’m doing sufficient justice to a show emanating the kind of confidence – even joy – that characterises its creator. We feel at ease in his presence, and free to laugh even when perhaps we shouldn’t. But that’s the thing isn’t it? We laugh, wrote Joe Bennett once, not because something’s funny, but because it’s true.

There’s a lot of truth in Edd Riviera’s story. Go hear it – and laugh your head off.


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