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

19/02/2014 - 22/02/2014

NZ Fringe Festival 2014

Production Details

Do you hate false sympathy? Do you love asparagus rolls? The first black comedy solo performance by Cats on Crack delivers a biting critique of all things verbally insincere/ irritating. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might vomit a bit. 

Wannabe white-girl rapper Courtney Trigg joins forces with nude snowboarding enthusiast Luke Scott and a large Russian bear to make theatre, so awesome your kidneys will melt.

Presenting their Wellington Fringe Festival debut, the black comedy solo “I’m Just Here for the Food”, this duo’s cynicism and revulsion for their audience promises to entertain many and insult many more. 

Performing at: The Fringe Bar, 26-32 Allen St 
February 19th, 21st, 22nd
From 7pm 
Koha Donation

Theatre ,

Incredibly emotionally engaging

Review by Deborah Eve Rea 20th Feb 2014

What a fantastic discovery! 

First of all, the private performance space of the Fringe Bar is such a fun find! 

In I’m Just Here for the Food a pyjama-clad Luke Scott muses over social conventions and aliens while gnawing on sandwiches left over from Uncle Jeff’s funeral. 

Scott is utterly engaging. Both physically and vocally, he moves through mania to the domestic to stillness in a way that is perfectly pitched to the space. 

Scott’s writing is astute and his comic timing keen.  As a socially-awkward, semi-narcissist myself, his narrative is all too relatable. 

What makes his social-observational humour hit the mark is that he is also incredibly emotionally engaging. As a performer he approaches the loneliness that results from his character’s anxiety with vulnerability and a gentle stillness which is moving.  

At times he channels Stephen Merchant or David Mitchell while I hear others in the audience mention Jerry Seinfeld. 

I’m Just Here for the Food is simply and wonderfully complemented with occasional pre-recorded “Public Service Announcements” (scenographic design by Courtenay Trigg) in the theme of Scott’s shared inner-monologue humour. “If there aliens out there do you think that they eat and talk out of the same hole like we do?”   

The show will only become stronger though the season as Scott develops confidence in his ability. 

I leave wanting to know more about Luke Scott – where has he come from?

At 30 minutes (and koha even) it serves as a fine after-dinner mint. Highly recommended.


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