Interviews with the Universe

Happy (Cnr Tory & Vivian), Wellington

17/02/2007 - 20/02/2007

NZ Fringe Festival 2007

Production Details


Created and performed by Guy Capper

GLOWING SQUIRREL


Wellington comedian Guy Capper brings his last interactive comedy show to the Wellington fringe festival before heading off overseas.

After 15 years of animation experiments and six years of successful solo comedy shows comes the latest and greatest.

Local Wellington musicians provide the soundtrack for the animated characters who play their own instruments during the show.

Interviews with the Universe gets to ask the questions to our most hard to reach personalities. The Earth is interviewed about its position on the environment. A polar bear is asked about his views on our planet’s future. The mighty internet is asked for its opinion for the first time. Martians discuss with Guy their issues on space politics.

A truly unique show that has polar bears playing piano and finally singing with animated characters on a video projector screen.

Guy Capper and comedian musician Jermaine Clement are the co-creators of the award winning animated sheep short films the pen staring Robert and Sheepy. Guy has been developing interactive animation with stand up comedy for the past nine years.

This show will bring the latest in multi-media comedy entertainment.



Theatre , Stand-up comedy ,


40 minutes

Nothing of value

Review by John Smythe 10th May 2012

Having enjoyed Guy Capper’s idiosyncratic style in the past and admired his claymation skills, I anticipated his new show, Interviews with the Universe, would be a winner. With environmental issues finally getting traction where it counts, and Capper about to take his talents to a wider world, all seemed aligned for a potent hour of universal wit.

Even though the show started 25 minutes late, the opening night audience exuded goodwill, making bantering offers and heckles that most stand-up comedians would have welcomed. But Capper wasted the opportunities.

He has clearly worked on his animations. The band on the sand – three Green Greeblies on guitar and brass, a Sheep on keyboard and a Polar Bear on drums – is fun. The Frogman DJ – yep, why not?

When at last the ‘live’ interviews via the internet come to pass, some point to the evening seems to be possible. The Tree’s simple view of life and his limited horizon is fair enough.  The Polar Bear who is more concerned with getting a USB cable than responding to the Inconvenient Truth DVD Guy sent is quite funny. The Earth having to put up with wars flaring up is effective … But it’s not what I’d call penetrating satire. Nor does it rate as inspired lunacy.

As for the ‘stand-up’ stuff in between, involving pastrami, a piano, references to Play School … most of it is ill-conceived and poorly executed. His addled brain riffs are a party trick way past their use by date. If he thinks he’s doing an Eddie Izzard, he has completely misunderstood the essence of that particular genius talent.

The last two animations don’t come off either. The Internet character looks OK but is out of sync and says nothing of consequence. And the Universe itself, shaped like an orange soft-serve turd on a yellow blob in front of a hi-tech console, just doesn’t compute for me. Again, it has nothing of value to add. All that meticulous work for so little result … Why?

Committed failures are forgivable when the perpetrators is taking risks but Capper’s show simply comes over as ill-prepared. Shame.

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Review by John Smythe 17th Feb 2007

Having enjoyed Guy Capper’s idiosyncratic style in the past and admired his claymation skills, I anticipated his new show, Interviews with the Universe, would be a winner. With environmental issues finally getting traction where it counts, and Capper about to take his talents to a wider world, all seemed aligned for a potent hour of universal wit.

Even though the show started 25 minutes late, the opening night audience exuded goodwill, making bantering offers and heckles that most stand-up comedians would have welcomed. But Capper wasted the opportunities.

He has clearly worked on his animations. The band on the sand – three Green Greeblies on guitar and brass, a Sheep on keyboard and a Polar Bear on drums – is fun. The Frogman DJ – yep, why not?

When at last the ‘live’ interviews via the internet come to pass, some point to the evening seems to be possible. The Tree’s simple view of life and his limited horizon is fair enough.  The Polar Bear who is more concerned with getting a USB cable than responding to the Inconvenient Truth DVD Guy sent is quite funny. The Earth having to put up with wars flaring up is effective … But it’s not what I’d call penetrating satire. Nor does it rate as inspired lunacy.

As for the ‘stand-up’ stuff in between, involving pastrami, a piano, references to Play School … most of it is ill-conceived and poorly executed. His addled brain riffs are a party trick way past their use by date. If he thinks he’s doing an Eddie Izzard, he has completely misunderstood the essence of that particular genius talent.

The last two animations don’t come off either. The Internet character looks OK but is out of sync and says nothing of consequence. And the Universe itself, shaped like an orange soft-serve turd on a yellow blob in front of a hi-tech console, just doesn’t compute for me. Again, it has nothing of value to add. All that meticulous work for so little result … Why?

Committed failures are forgivable when the perpetrators is taking risks but Capper’s show simply comes over as ill-prepared. Shame.
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Comments

Sammy February 25th, 2007

The earth talks !!!!!!!! I enjoyed this show and the fruity ness of it all. Great improvising on the night I was there. My friend from Germany said she had never seen anything like this in her country. More tree interview !!! More singing with Aliens ! Main Review of this show seems strange who is this reviewer anyway. The bit with earth being put into show cause out of place on dvd very funny. Fun yes and strange yes ha ha

mustin February 24th, 2007

Hey man that universe was very cool! apparently it was inspired by the amazing and puzzling lifeforms which inhabited our planet hundreds of million years ago and there was even a cow on the last night!

Kate Chappel February 22nd, 2007

Animated band really cool. And the pastrami interview very amusing. The review I just read was not the show I saw on monday . John Smyths headline for review was No value at all ? Well this was a very original show so that is of value. funny bits was the improvising about the world interview. This review I thought was missing the point of the show. Easy to be negative I guess . I thought there needed to be a little more animation in some of the interviews. Tree interview my favourite.

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