Funk Rabbit (Canada)
06/05/2008 - 10/05/2008
29/04/2008 - 03/05/2008
CANADA’S DANGEROUS DUO MAKE THEIR NZ COMEDY FESTIVAL DEBUT
Julian Faid and Derek Flores are "Funk Rabbit!" Two men, countless characters and infinite possibilities! From a single suggestion a web of improvisation entanglements spins dangerously out of control. It’s a funny, fast paced, electric, and always on the edge comedy show. Funk Rabbit; the way improv is supposed to be!
Funk Rabbit was first birthed as a collaboration of two improv cavaliers Derek Flores and Julian Faid. Together with nearly 30 years experience in Improvisational Theatre Internationally with shows in Canada, The United States, Australia and Scotland (Edinburgh Fringe). Funk Rabbit will spontaneously combust with rapid fire comedy created in-part by the willing audience.
Funk Rabbit brings a fresh and energetic style to Improv, with imaginative senarios crafted from experience, timing and carrots. Funk Rabbit have created an Improv format based on ‘The Harold’ format created in Chicago with plans to introduce this vastly different style to New Zealand stages, laughing in the face of failure and kicking conventionality to the curb while attacking the stage with energy and unpredictability.
Funk Rabbit will be performing in Auckland at The Comedy Underground and in Wellington at Bats Theatre, come and experience the show that will leave you stupefied, in stitches and incredibly hungry for no apparent reason.
"…A virtuoso, riotously embodying some oddly afflicted and inventive characters" – The Adelaide Advertiser
Dates: April 29th – 30th and May 1st – 3rd, 8:30pm
Venue: The Comedy Underground, Wallace Trust Gallery, 305 Queen St, Auckland
Tickets: Adults $18, Concessions $15 (service fees may apply)
Bookings: TICKETEK – 0800 TICKETEK(0800 842 4175)
Dates: May 6th -10th, 8pm
Venue: BATS, 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington
Tickets: Adults $16, Concessions $13 (service fees may apply)
Bookings: BATS – 04 802 4175 or www.bats.co.nz
Show Duration: 1 hour
1hr, no interval
An all-too-short hour of unrelenting hilarity
Review by Nik Smythe 01st May 2008
In other reviews of improv shows I have despaired at the shallowness that is seemingly inherent in the form. Julian and Derek, the Canadian cast of Funk Rabbit, have addressed this issue to some degree. It doesn’t exactly increase the levels of meaning or deeper insight, but the whole exercise carries more depth of field if you like.
What happens is they saunter up in their Reservoir Dogs outfits and advise us to lower our expectations if we’re wanting to enjoy the show. Then three People’s Coffee prizes are awarded to each audience member who provides a theme, a setting and an animal around which to formulate the story.
Then they’re off, taking most of an hour to weave an intricate tale complete with memorable characters, touching relationships, personal journeys and retribution.
So on Wednesday night the theme was second hand clothes and naked girls in hats, as extracted from punter’s favourite Prince song Raspberry Beret. Actually the second-hand clothes bit got a bit lost; however, fortunately, the naked hat-wearers were properly represented. The setting was Utopia (well they did ask for a non-geographical location!) and the animal was a panda, that is to say it turned out to be an army of ten thousand vicious trained army pandas running amok.
Ten or so scenes in we’ve met the key characters in the story: the boy and husband of a woman tragically murdered by a panda; the gruff army officer sent to convince the ex-‘flying army’ pilot, discharged for indiscriminately bombing French people when they weren’t at war with them, to return to service and save the world; and the psycho ex-girlfriend who imprisons her would-be ex in his home ’til he falls back in love with her.
At this point I wonder how they will manage to tie all the seemingly disparate elements together. then I find out… it’s far too complex to explain properly and the story will be entirely different the night you go anyway.
All in all Funk Rabbits Julian and Derek combine quick witted humour, solid caricaturisation, if there is such a word (is now), and effective physical comedy to bring us an all-too-short hour of unrelenting hilarity.
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