James Malcolm FAMELESS

Te Auaha, Tapere Iti, 65 Dixon St, Wellington

01/05/2018 - 05/05/2018

NZ International Comedy Festival 2018

Production Details

All James Malcolm wants in life is to become a C-List NZ celebrity and receive the adoration he’s always felt he deserves… the only problem is that he’s the exact opposite of famous. 

Gazing in from the cusp of celebrity culture, James leans into controversy with explicitly detailed stories of his sex life, awkward celebrity encounters and going viral for not recognising one. 

Winner Most Offensive Gag, NZ Comedy Guild Awards 2017 

2016 and 2018 Billy T Award Nominee

“Malcolm is a rising star on New Zealand’s stand-up comedy circuit” – The Independent, UK 

Wellington Shows 

Te Auaha – Tapere Iti (Little Theatre) 
Tue 1 May – Sat 5 May 2018
Tuesday & Thursday:  $18
Cheap Wednesday:  $16
Friday & Saturday:  $20
Concession:  $16
Group 6+:  $15
*service fee may apply

Wheelchair accessible’ Occasional bad language; Adult themes 

Theatre , Solo ,

1 hr

Entertaining layers of irony

Review by Maryanne Cathro 02nd May 2018

James Malcolm has mastered the art of saying Thank You. When to say it, how to say it; every time he says it we have to laugh!

This endearingly adorable Suzanne Paul fan has us from his opening rap to the wrap of his act. The title of the show is Fameless and this is not entirely true – thanks to not recognising Nick Cave at an airport in January last year, he had a burst of internationally viral fame.

Of course, the point is this is not really fame; it is neither earned nor always appreciated, although Malcolm is basically as much of a slut about fame as he is about Disney World workers, so the layers of irony in all of this are entertaining to say the least. 

What I really like about James Malcolm is that he has a level of self-awareness and self-deprecation that makes all the talk about sex universally funny. So long as you’re up for some pretty graphic details that is. As someone from the previous generation or even the one before, I am surprised and delighted by how digestible millennial self-involvement can be when delivered by a real talent. Hmm, that sounds like a back handed compliment, but it suits the tone of his humour.

And relatable! It’s amazing how much one can have in common when the kit is off and there’s a job to be done. Ahem.

But it’s not all about sex – it’s about all the crazy stuff that has really happened to him. Truth is stranger than fiction but it also has that ring of credibility that makes these bizarre situations even funnier. The art of comedy is in delivery and Malcolm certainly delivers the art of comedy. 


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