Puppies, cnr Tory & Vivian Streets, Wellington

01/05/2013 - 04/05/2013

Cassette 9, 9 Vulcan Lane, Auckland

09/05/2013 - 18/05/2013

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

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Edinburgh 2013, two rather glum looking Cornish men handed a flyer to Rhys Darby. They were serious rappers, but someone put them in the comedy festival! Intrigued, Rhys went to see their show…4 times. What he had discovered was a duo of talented musicians creating music on a Casiotone and a show that has you dancing in the aisles.

“…the skill with which this pair manage to wring every speck of musicality from their Casiotone keyboard. Combine that with an ipod nano and a drum machine and the Result is pure genius. They are incomparable to any other act I have seen. They are weird, wonderful, and make you wish you could go dancing with them.”  ***** Edinburgh Spotlight

In a bizarre turn of life imitating art, Rhys Darby and his company Awesomeness International bring you the next big thing, Hedluv + Passman and their casio rap.

“I haven’t seen this much talent since The Conchords and even then I never saw that much talent.” – Murray Hewitt. 

Hedluv + Passman are the originators of casio rap, a genre where lyrics are laid over simple homemade beats.  They have wowed crowds at Glastonbury and Edinburgh festivals with their witty observations and insane dance moves.  They were also surprised to discover that they had become massive in Brazil.  Now it’s New Zealand’s turn. 

Blending simple, homemade beats with witty observations…’Edenproject.com 

‘Anyone who’s seen them live will know that the duo are a visual and aural delight.’247magazine.co.uk 

As part of the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival


Date: Wed 1 – Sat 4 May 7.30 pm
Venue: Puppies, Cnr Tory and Vivian Sts

Date: Thu 9 – Sat 11 Thu 16 – Sat 18 May, 9.30 pm
Venue: Cassette 9, 9 Vulcan Ln

Tickets $15 – $20 (booking fees may apply)
Bookings: www. eventfinder.co.nz 

For the sweetest deals and hottest comedy news throughout the Festival head to www.comedyfestival.co.nz  

A slice of Cornish Pasty

Review by Sharu Delilkan 10th May 2013

Two Cornish rappers and a Casiotone keyboard – that was pretty much all I knew when I got to the gig at Cassette Nine last night. Why not, I said to myself, particularly since we’ve recently seen big balls, classical music hooliganism and mesmerising mime mania, why not Hedluv + Passman

We thought safety in numbers would be appropriate so we invited a few workmates along to check out this ‘experimental’ experience. The result was shock horror, a great deal of hysterical laughter and general light-heartedness all round in response to this “quirky” and “irreverent” duo. [More


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Doin’ it dreckly

Review by Stephen Austin 10th May 2013

Musical comedy would seem to be sewn up in New Zealand by Flight of the Conchords, but if you head down to Cassette Number 9 this week, I’m sure you’ll find that there are sounds from elsewhere in the world worth listening to. Especially if you like pasty British white guy 90s-style rap.

Hedluv and Passman seem to have been brought up on a solid diet of lo-fi computer games, nature documentaries and a fascination with the sounds of a Casiotone keyboard.  

Their Cornish roots come out strong in the deadpan lyrics and droll observations – they lay rhymes about everything from Richard Attenborough to finding your way home in the car to the most recognisable of their local foods: the pasty.

The beats are most definitely more lively and the contrast is where most of the comedy lies in the music. 

Passman is a frantic, over-energised rocket, who works himself into a lather as soon as the first beat drops and barely stops for the entire show. Clothes are shed, shapes are thrown. He screams, rants, scats and makes excessive use the stage space. Absolute bedlam from a single performer. 

On the other hand, Hedluv is the straightest of straight-men in this oddly mis-matched duo. He seems to have much of the musical skill but, as is common in clubbing circles, is reluctant to let his cool show. There’s almost an awkward air of embarrassment at Passman’s over-doing of it, but he still makes many of the lyrical moments his own and absolutely tears it up on the Casiotone. 

Maybe it’s opening night, maybe it’s their natural Cornish style, maybe it’s the unusual acoustics of Cassette Number 9, but both seem a little reticent in the between-song patter early on – almost like they feel they’re ‘dying’. However, the opening night Auckland audience seems to lap up their comedy stylings, even if some of their localised references are a bit over our heads.

Highlights of the night: a double-speed clap-along cover of Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’ that nearly tears the roof off and Passman’s lunatic running the length of the bar in only a pair of y-fronts. 

Well worth a trip down the pub to catch these two Cornish rappers and their Casiotone “doin’ it dreckly”.


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Funny, intense, weird

Review by Lucy O'Connor 02nd May 2013

The venue is pretty empty when I arrive a mere fifteen minutes early. I am nervous for these guys – what’s worse than coming to a new country only to perform to a tiny crowd? But it turns out ten minutes is a long time in Wellington Audience World as people arrive in multitudes. My anxiety is totally appeased when I spy Rhys Darby at a table opposite me. The rumours are true and if Rhys is in, so am I. They’ll be just fine. 

But will I be fine? Not initially. My eyeballs are violated when a pasty Passman arrives on stage wearing short shorts, high top socks, a white singlet and a square vest your Granddad would have sported in the 80s. Hedluv is the more subtle of the two, wearing jeans and a t-shirt.

It becomes quickly clear that their clothing choices speak volumes deeper than the lowest bass tones in their vocal range. What need noting, even before the music, are Passman’s dance moves. They’re manic.

I have never seen a human body move with such commitment to creating an extreme interpretive dance rendition which incorporates the melody, the bassline and the essence of the story. Amazingly, he is always on the beat.  Any contemporary choreographer/director would have swooned – and not just for the outfit inspiration.

Hedluv is as chilled as anything and luckily for us, provides the fundamentals: the music from a Casio keyboard and some understandable lyrics. We are treated to song topics ranging from a PE report to the ‘relatable’ swimming conditions in Cornwall. My personal favourite is a depressing Britney Spears cover reformed to be anything but. I wish I could comprehend more of the lyrics overall as often the story is lost through the sheer volume of the backing track.

Between every musical number, the mood is flat. Did I say flat? I meant if a stage could die and rigor mortis could set in we witnessed it here. Hedluv’s melancholic confessions about lacking past performances provide the necessary twitches to keep this comedy baby alive.

Meanwhile, is Passman about to pass out? His breathing sounds … strained to say the least. I am sure he can’t last. His enthusiasm levels have to drop as the show goes on at least physically if not mentally. But I am proven wrong in epic proportions. Spellbound by his extreme bursts of finesse, I jot down some notes for any of my own coming nights out. I’ll be out to impress if I can pull any of his moves off.

Okay, yes, I’m glad I’ve attended. It is funny. It is intense. It is weird. It isn’t always understandable, but it is true what Hedluv said: it is a very safe show if you don’t like being harassed by comedians for their personal gain. But if seeing a pasty white man from Cornwall possessed by mania wearing only Y front underwear and running at high speed past your face isn’t your idea of feeling secure – well the Compassion Centre is just up the road.


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