Fasitua Amosa is Ruufless 2.0
Basement Theatre Studio, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
04/10/2011 - 08/10/2011
The Niu-est, freshest and smartest Samoan stand-up is heading back up the tree to find the biggest, baddest and funniest coconut to smash on all of you! Why? Cos he’s Ruufless!
Nominated for Best Newcomer in the 2010 International Comedy Festival, prepare to LOLgasm as Fasitua casts his eye of the tiger on whatever he wants! Raaaa!
He isn’t your average Pacific Island comic: he’s political, cheeky, irreverent and, above all, straight Ruufless!
“…coming as close to the great (Chris Rock) as I have ever seen in New Zealand comedy…” Coup de Main
4-8 Oct, 10pm, The Basement Studio, Auckland, CBD,
Presented by The Basement Festival 2011
Serious food for thought amongst the chuckles and belly laughs
Review by Nik Smythe 05th Oct 2011
Before the headline act takes the stage for his late-night standup comedy ramble, we are warmed up effectively with a projected screening of the Long Room Boys latest classic: ‘Tumei Moncore’.
Given the opening night audience comprises just seven people, including the guy videotaping it, Fasitua Amosa brings admirable energy to his essentially low-key, chatty style of observational humour and draws consistent laughter throughout the intimate set.
Along the way we learn, among other curious topics, of his fascination with the scatological fluorescence of butter chicken, his unusual (for a brown family) South Canterbury upbringing, and the modus operandi of experienced woman at a PI church feed.
Being himself the son of a minister clearly hasn’t quite successfully endeared him to his father’s faith, although he happily relates his favourite bible stories, if only to expose their sheer twisted insanity. Judging by how often he references them, it’s evident Fasitua bases more of his personal life philosophy on Aladdin and The Lion King.
There’s more than mere petty observation on offer though. In the course of hilariously defending himself from the racial stereotypes portrayed in the media, Fasi throws in the truly shocking statistic of 21.000 reported cases of child abuse last year.
Thus his seemingly casual hard case banter provides serious food for thought amongst the chuckles and belly laughs. He certainly deserves bigger crowds for the remainder of the season.
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