GUY MONTGOMERY a Succinct and Concise Summary of How He Feels About Certain Things

Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland

13/05/2014 - 17/05/2014

Fringe Bar, 26-32 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington

29/04/2014 - 03/05/2014

NZ International Comedy Festival 2014

Production Details

Former ULate presenter and 2014 Billy T nominee Guy Montgomery values nothing more than word economy. Accordingly, he has boiled down 25 years (13,148,725 minutes) of his unique thinking into an easily digestible hour.

“The only show I’ve seen which includes a comprehensive guide on how to train for a half-marathon” – Olympic Gold Medalist, Hamish Carter*

“An hour with Montgomery is surprisingly tolerable” – Big Important Paper*

*Above reviews have not yet been published… or even written.

Dates:  Tue 29 April – Sat 3 May, 7pm 
Venues:  The Fringe Bar, Wellington
Tickets:  Adults $18.00 | Conc. $15.00 
Groups 8+ $15.00* service fees may apply 
Bookings:  0800 TICKETEK (842 538) 

Dates:  Tue 13 – Sat 17 May, 8.30pm 
Venues:  The Basement, Auckland
Tickets:  Adults $18.00 | Conc. $15.00 
Groups 8+ $15.00* service fees may apply
Bookings:  0800 TICKETEK (842 538) 

Show Duration:  1 hour


Juxtaposes the great and extraordinary with the mundane and ordinary

Review by John Smythe 30th Apr 2014

He jitterbugs on to the Fringe Bar’s small stage, makes like a creepy stalker and goes on to variously characterise himself, throughout his hour, as lovely, a wild dog and Captain Cool. What with all his winningly self-aware riffing and scatting in Jazz comedy style, it’s up to us to work out who or what Guy Montgomery really is and how much is as spontaneous as it seems.

Curiosity leads him to riff on the Encyclopaedia industry. Contemplating God and his flatmates leads to a revelation of how natural disasters happen. His love of sport focuses on post-match interviews. There are riffs on carbohydrates, Wellington, time and job titles. 

Montgomery generates much of his comedy by juxtaposing the great and extraordinary with the mundane and ordinary. And having introduced someone or something, he refers back and reincorporates. This creates a sense of coherence that counterpoints his ‘bad dog’ claim that he will “lose cohesion in the middle of the show because I don’t care about your rules.”

He also uses bread as an analogy, aligning himself to a specific type of bread that manifests as a deliciously pungent reality to complete the show. His style may be relaxed but he doesn’t loaf on the job. You could say he’s on a roll.


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