Brooklyn Bar - 57 Lorne St, Auckland

07/05/2013 - 11/05/2013

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

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New Zealand’s favourite Filipino comedian, James Roque, brings his brand new solo show to Auckland. On May 7, after being dubbed a chicken by friends in the past, James strikes back with the force of a thousand frightened twenty-one year old Asian males.

In Chicken, James pokes fun at the concept of fear and tackles his own everyday fears and anxieties (and trust me, there are a lot of them). From the rational ones like roller coasters and that little girl from The Exorcist, to his irrational dread of feet and that noise those holographic cards make when you scratch them together – no fear is safe in his quest to conquer them all. In this year’s festival James sets out to discover if fear really is just “all in your head”.

Hailing from the Philippines, James is one of the freshest up and comers in the New Zealand comedy scene. He was a finalist in the 2011 RAW Comedy Quest, a regular at The Classic comedy bar and has been involved in several gigs around the country including Laugh Club NZ shows. James was a stand-out performer on TV3’s AotearoHA: Next Big Things and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2012 New Zealand International Comedy Festival along with Eli Matthewson and Edith Poor for their show Minority Report.

Whether you can’t sleep without a night light or have your own weird, quirky fear this show’s for you.

Dates:  7 May – 11 May, 7pm
Venue:  Brooklyn Bar and Lounge, 57 Lorne St, Auckland
Tickets:  Adults $15, Conc. $13
Bookings:  www.ticketek.co.nz

Clucking good fun

Review by Matt Baker 16th May 2013

“What do I really wanna say that I’m afraid to say?” In his eulogy for George Carlin, Louis CK noted that what made the late comedian better every year was his constant digging deeper for new material; from jokes about airplanes and dogs, to feelings and who you are, to fears and nightmares. With that in mind, 21 year old comedian James Roque dive bombs into the deep end by confronting his greatest fears in his Auckland Comedy Festival stand-up show. 

Broken into three segments of increasingly fearful categories, Roque presents himself as the archetypal self-deprecating Kiwi, which induces just the right amount of empathy from his audience. [More]


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