For The First Time Again WILSON DIXON

Macs Function Centre, 4 Taranaki Street, Wellington

11/05/2016 - 14/05/2016

NZ International Comedy Festival 2016

Production Details

Wilson Dixon is back from Cripple Creek for a visit with a brand new show for Wellington! With his messy divorce to Maureen now firmly behind him (or rather beside him – Maureen is still living next door with his neighbour Dwayne), Wilson has officially moved on and has fallen in love.

Things are good, as long as Maureen stays on her side of the hedge, and Wilson’s large extended family can bring themselves to accept someone ‘from outta town’.

“Simply sensational and utterly unmissable” – TVNZ

Wellington Shows

Mac’s Function Centre  
WED 11 – SAT 14 May 2016
Full Price:  $28.00
Concession:  $26.00
Group 6+:  $26.00
*service fee may apply 
Contains occasional coarse language.
R18, unless with a parent or legal guardian  

Theatre , Comedy ,

Constant plucking, breezy optimism

Review by Shannon Friday 12th May 2016

Wilson Dixon, the country and western music loving hick from Cripple Creek in ‘Colorada’, is back at Mac’s Function Centre.

It’s a night of comedy based on even-paced irony.  Everything feeds into the creation of close detachment.  It’s a show full of sly grins and wry chuckles rather than big belly laughs.  But make no mistake, Wilson Dixon: For the First Time, Again is full of laughs. 

Dixon – clad in his trademark ponytail, cowboy hat and sunnies —  is an American character made by Otago comedian Jesse Griffin.  The character never slips, and he has an amazingly detailed accent that sounds eerily like half the men in my extended family (the other half have a different accent). 

Dixon’s comedic dual citizenship allows for outside commentary.  But Dixon’s clearly talking just as much about NZ as he seems to be talking about the USA.  His first description of NZ as laid-back, tied in with a fantastic riff on native birds, is just as easily applied to his own breezy presence. 

The comedy is a mixture of spoken bits and comedic songs.  While talking, Dixon’s also constantly picking at his guitar strings.  It’s a clever choice.  The sonic foundation allows the spoken comedy’s pace to amble along.  It is measured, rather than slow as molasses in winter.  And the constant plucking feeds into the breezy optimism of the character.  While things might be crap right now, they’ll keep rolling along. 

Dixon takes an observation and pushes until it gives, like in the song that starts “You’re perfect in every way but one”.  It starts out with that one tiny thing that his better half does to drive him absolutely nuts, but grows into a list of all the small annoyances that splinter any given relationship. 

The song is the perfect example of Dixon’s irony. It’s ostensibly about Dixon’s own relationship, but immediately familiar to anyone who has been in a couple ever.  And the joke is on both the annoying person and the overblown response to the annoyance.


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