Basement Theatre Studio, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland

27/04/2013 - 04/05/2013

Foxglove Queens Wharf Ballroom, 33 Queens Wharf, Wellington

14/05/2013 - 18/05/2013

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

Production Details


Jeremy, like most comedians, gets asked the same questions over and over again. The second most common+ is “Where do you get your ideas from?” The answer is simple. Comedians take notes. 

Like students take notes when they study or detectives take notes when they investigate, comedians take notes of their observations of the funny side of life. These observations propagate ideas, ideas bloom into material and material blossoms into full-length shows. Jeremy Elwood’s Notes is one such show.

Jeremy has become a national favourite as a core cast member of TV3’s hit topical comedy show 7Days. His opinions and insights are sought after around the country with regular appearances on Radio New Zealand National’s The Panel and his blog Political Animal. He has appeared on a numerous TV shows, the Comedy Gala, AotearoHA, A Night at the Classic and his own episode of Funny Roots, which explored his comedy heritage in his country of birth, Canada. 

Jeremy has a unique ability to create shows that are both hilarious and stimulating. His skill is in making the thought-provoking funny and the silliness engaging. Those who have seen Jeremy know his shows aren’t just his club set padded out to an hour. This is a well-constructed hour of comedy with fresh, original and thoughtful material that you won’t see anywhere else.

2012 saw critics rave about his show exploring the Mayan end of the world prophecy, “Jeremy Elwood’s Time Bomb”:

“Jeremy really does knock it out of the park” –

“He’s snarky, opinionated, and hilarious” –

A must see for any Comedy Festival, 2013 sees Jeremy with some notes for you. They could be musical, philosophical or even post-it, but they will all be comical. Oh, and probably some dick jokes.

+The most common question is “Tell us a joke”. The answer is “No” 

As part of the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival  


Date: Sat 27, Tue 30 April – Sat 4 May 8.45
Venue: The Basement Studio, Level 1, Lower Greys Ave

Date: Tue 14 – Sat 18 May, 8.30 pm
Venue: Foxglove Ballroom, 57 Customhouse Quay, Queens Wharf

Tickets: $22 – $25 (booking fees may apply)
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK  

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The real deal

Review by Lucy O'Connor 16th May 2013

For any other comedian, it would be a bit concerning that the only prop on stage is a giant notepad displaying the barely visible word, ‘Notes’. The Foxglove Ballroom does not suit a low-tech prop and looking around, it’s likely the patrons all have an i-pad for taking notes and a Wii for keeping fit. 

Jeremy does us the pleasure of introducing himself from the back of the room so it takes a few moments for us to stop searching and realise… He’s behind us. Given the establishment, I’m sure some people thought the show might actually be via hologram.

‘Notes’, it is revealed, is a show about the occupation of a comedian. Or rather the preoccupation of sharing stories that happen to be a bit funny. When he walks into a bar what does he get asked as a comedian? Tell us a joke. He responds with no. Every time.

I myself am trying (!) to get a job in radio. And when people ask what I study, they always follow up with a ‘do your radio voice!’. I always say no. We relate instantly.

Jeremy is armed with quick wit and some seriously speedy synaptic connections. He interacts with the audience in a respectful manner, but uses them still as a means to an end with the “where are you from?” question. Being so tactful and only slightly offending his targets, we can forgive him for using that old classic line to get the ball rolling.

After he reveals where comedians get their material from, we embark on a criminal, geographical and religious journey; all of which have a certain political undertone. How do these things intertwine you might ask? They all reveal how stupid people can be.

From bestiality being on par with being gay to Gareth Morgan’s eradication of felines; from the Pope’s ‘resignation’ to the reign of guns in America … he helps us see that perhaps we should listen more carefully to what the media is telling us, think, and only then form an opinion. 

Punch lines are sharp, and not at all tacky. He flows like lava with barely an um or an ah unintended. His tangents and anecdotes are totally relevant and he always picks us up at the point he leaves which makes us feel emotionally secure and his show pretty darn smooth.  

If I were to describe him as a bowl of wedges, he would be seasoned with a bit of spice and a dash of cheese. This bowl is the real deal.

He’s the guy you’d want at a party to give the illusion that you possess some intelligence reflected in the people you hang out with. But he’s not the guy you’d take to Sunday Mass with your Mum for fear his note-taking would offend the parishioners.


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