Q Theatre, Rangatira, Auckland

30/04/2013 - 04/05/2013

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

Production Details

Best International Act New Zealand Comedy Festival 2012

Chortle Award Winners 2010 & 2012

Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly Perrier Award) Nominees 2009

“I laughed so hard that I had to make an emergency dash to the loo.”  The Telegraph, UK 

After delighting audiences at their NZ International Comedy Festival debut in 2012, the multi-award winning band of buffoons, Idiots of Ants return with a new hour of fast-paced comedy: Model Citizens.  

The ‘Idiots’ have lugged their collection of props and tricks from the UK ready to answer all the important questions. What’s small, pink and should never be juggled? If an air guitar falls over in a forest does it make a sound?

After forming in 2007, Idiots of Ants (Andrew Spiers, James Wrighton, Elliott Tiney and Benjamin Wilson) went on to perform at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2009 with comedy greats Bill Cosby and John Cleese (who also appeared in one of their sketches).

They caused a mass frenzy online with over 10 million YouTube views of their ‘Facebook in real life’ and ‘Wii breakfast’ sketches as well as countless appearances on radio and TV.

Whatever you do, don’t be fooled by their boyish innocent looks. Idiots of Ants are all slapstick hits and choreographed skits.

“Idiots of Ants: an essential ingredient in a healthy Comedy Festival diet.”Herald Sun

“Muscle-spasmingly clever and funny…By half time they already had these five stars. But what we got in the second half made me wish I had five more to give. The Scotsman, UK 

As part of the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival


Dates: Tue 30 April – Sat 4 May, 9pm
Venue: Rangatira at Q, 305 Queen Street, City
Tickets: $25 – $28 (booking fees may apply)
Bookings: 09 309 9771 

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If they are idiots, what does that make me?

Review by James Wenley 03rd May 2013

If they are idiots, what does that make me? 

British sketch comedy quadrangle Idiots of Ants were my favourite acts in their Auckland debut at last year’s Comedy Festival. Amidst an amusement of stand-up comedians, Ants are a fresh and lively point of laughter-filled difference. Sketch as a form seems to be viewed as a bit antiquated today – it had its heyday in the Oxford/Cambridge humour of Monty Python, and the form has been noticeably absent in New Zealand since the days of Billy T James. What the members of Ants (Andrew Spiers, Elliott Tiney, Benjamin Wilson and James Wrighton.) do so well is take both a clever meta-ironic commentary on the form, but also wholeheartedly embrace the silliness of it all. And in Model Citizens especially it’s how they use us – their audience – that takes the show to a gleeful brilliance.

It doesn’t take them very long at all when the first sketch starts for the Idiots of Ants to turn to us and break the fourth wall – the loose premise of the show is that the boys live in a flat which just happens to have one very special feature: a live audience who think everything they do is funny and then mysteriously leave after an hour. [More]


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A great rapport both with the audience and with each other

Review by Chris Page 01st May 2013

Having seen Idiots of Ants’ show at last year’s comedy festival (in which they won the Best International Show Award) I was thrilled and excited to learn I would be seeing them again. And I’m not disappointed.

For the uninitiated, the Idiots of Ants are four English lads – Andrew Spiers, Elliott Tiney, Benjamin Wilson and James Wrighton – who perform uniquely off-the-wall sketch comedy. 

As with last year’s show the lads, or at least 2 of them, are already on stage as the audience fills the theatre, and we quickly learn that we are a semi-permanent fixture in the living room of the foursome’s flat, setting them up for some superb fourth wall breaking throughout the show.

Another similarity to their 2012 show is the technical issues they encounter … I’m beginning to think they’re not so accidental, but we’ll probably never know because of the destruction of the aforementioned fourth wall, and combined with some clever ad-libbing they use these to their advantage.

As far as sketch comedy goes, these guys really do it well and it’s great to see new material from them, with a couple of my favourites from their last visit thrown in for good measure (the ‘Hen’s party aftermath’ and ‘Guide to being a Dad’ sketches have us in stitches).

Video games gone wrong, inappropriate use of firearms, avoiding surveillance, oral hygiene and naughty doctors are some of the themes on offer and these guys move between each vignette with pace and energy. There is also some fantastic audience interaction, particularly from Tiney trying to date everyone at once, and the musical finale to the evening, which again involves practically everyone in the theatre.

The Idiots have a great rapport both with the audience and with each other, and it is so enjoyable to watch the play happening between them throughout their show. It almost feels like we’re just hanging out with four really funny mates (or flatmates), having a lark.

I thoroughly recommend these guys, especially if you are a fan of Monty Python or Paul Whitehouse, and I am already looking forward to their next visit.


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