JEREMY ELWOOD LIVE ‘CAUSE IF IT’S NOT LIVE, IT’S DEAD
25/04/2014 - 03/05/2014
13/05/2014 - 17/05/2014
A stalwart of New Zealand comedy, Jeremy Elwood returns with his 35,673rd show Auckland (25, 26, 29 April – 3 May) and Wellington (13 – 17 May) as part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival. Though this may be an exaggeration. Bringing his unique brand of insightful, intelligent comedy, a Comedy festival isn’t complete without seeing the annual instalment from Jeremy who consistently creates killer material with a turnover rate to be envied. Creating an hour of new material every year is not something most comics can do. This, however, is what Jeremy thrives on.
In the last year Jeremy has toured to Australia, the USA and his native country Canada. Regularly performing around the world and all over New Zealand means Jeremy is always match fit – comedy is like a muscle, the more you work it the better it gets, and this is like watching an elite athlete of comedy. Forget the ten thousand hour rule, he passed that long ago.
You’ll know Jeremy from his performances on TV3’s 7Days, the Comedy Gala, Funny Roots and a host of other TV performances (he’s even done the obligatory Shortland St stint). His acerbic wit combined with a charm that comes from years on the road makes him a crowd favourite. His is intelligent, irreverent, thought provoking comedy.
“Jeremy really does knock it out of the park” – tvnz.co.nz
“Fresh, original and thoughtful material that you won’t see anywhere else” – theatreview.org
If you like your comedy to challenge you, this is the one for you. Oh, and there will also be dick jokes.
As part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, grab some mates and join us for a great night of laughs from 24 April – 18 May.
For the full Comedy Fest show line-up head to comedyfestival.co.nz
AUCKLAND Dates: Fri 25 & Sat 26 April, Tue 29 April – Sat 3 May, 8.45pm Venue: Vault at Q Theatre, 305 Queen St Tickets: Adults $25, Conc. $22, Groups 8+ $22 Bookings: 09 309 9771 // qtheatre.co.nz
WELLINGTON Dates: Tue 13 – Sat 17 May, 7pm Venue: Foxglove Ballroom, 57 Customhouse Quay Tickets: Adults $25, Conc. $22, Groups 8+ $22 Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) // ticketek.co.nz
Theatre , Stand-up comedy ,
A good, raucous laugh
Review by Maryanne Cathro 14th May 2014
I always enjoy Jeremy Elwood, he restores my faith in male stand-up comedians. He is funny, irreverent and sweary while also managing to be passionate, informed and intelligent. I appreciate that this also puts off some comedy goers, which is fine as when audiences self-select for comedians they appreciate, everyone wins.
Great stories of his experiences in Las Vegas, being in San Francisco at the perfect moment in history; keen observations on what constitutes current events in New Zealand, the state of politics, the endearing behaviour of old flatmates.
The beat poet on film is different and original, and Tourette’s is great, so why not. It does break the continuity of a live show a little, but the element of a conversation between Elwood and the screen is kind of fun. The Tourette’s poem about what it means to grow older very much nails the experience, for me anyway.
We have a great laugh together, Elwood, the audience and me; and on the 14th, a New Zealand Sign Language interpreter will be working the show: only two such shows in the whole festival. Having been present last year for Michelle A’Court’s NZSL translated show, it was a great extra level of humour for everyone involved even if you don’t understand NZSL.
If you find the Neanderthal droolings of so many male comedians tedious, but still want a good, raucous laugh, Elwood hits the spot.
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Delightfully insightful and full of wit
Review by Nomi Cohen 27th Apr 2014
The comedic icon Jeremy Elwood is back with a new solo show that promises at the very least, some food for thought.
Famous for his guest appearances on 7 Days, it feels as if he is stuck in the familiar format. A lot of his material consists of his opinions on various headlines. Although most of his commentary is not only intelligent but insightful, I am expecting to see something different than what he brings to the table on the hit TV3 show.
Don’t get me wrong, I am entertained by this. At the very least his opinions are interesting and most of the time funny, particularly as he takes a stab at New Zealand’s hard hitting top stories, reminding everyone what a big deal it was when Jin the Otter escaped from Auckland Zoo.
In saying this, I feel his clear intelligence may be wasted on some of the crowd. This becomes very apparent as a group of hecklers in the front row, give him the opportunity to show his improvisational prowess. He should be highly commended for his brilliant handling of the less than ideal interruptions. He handles them with grace, indulging their interjections from the very beginning during his warm welcome.
The welcome itself does start off in the normal format with cheering and polite formalities, but following this we turn our attention to the projector where we watch a beat poet that Elwood has discovered and “couldn’t afford as a warm up act”. This is strange for me. Definitely not what I am expecting, and not particularly amusing but an interesting idea. However it does make one question what one should expect from a stand up comedy show as the beat poet is re-introduced later on.
A lot of his show feels disjointed and unpolished despite the material being of a high professional standard. In saying that, Elwood, like a kid at Christmas, is clearly delighted to share some of his personal experiences throughout the show. Each story lights up his face as he recalls his old flat mates in Dunedin or his tour in Las Vegas, opening each precious present and sharing it with the audience.
It is a shame that due to the hecklers, the Saturday night house was robbed of his closing passage but the ever-valiant Elwood rolled with the punches and went full gear with the hecklers finishing off his show with excitement and witty flair.
On the whole I feel Elwood’s solo show is definitely worth attending even if it is just to experience this classic doing his thing. It is delightfully insightful and full of wit and, for the most part, full of laughs. But do be prepared to use that little bit of extra brain power to keep up with his sharp mind.
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