Basement Theatre Studio, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland

28/03/2012 - 05/05/2012

San Francisco Bathhouse, 171 Cuba St, Wellington

14/05/2012 - 19/05/2012

NZ International Comedy Festival 2012

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This is compelling, intelligent and thought-provoking comedy at its best. With, just maybe, a few dick jokes.

Jeremy Elwood returns to the Comedy Festival with his annual instalment looking back at the year that was, reliving the highs, reassessing the lows and laughing at how seriously we took it at the time.

The ground has shifted, both literally and figuratively, and now is the perfect time to reflect on what has happened and perhaps take a peek at what’s coming around the corner. Is it all doom and gloom, or will things even out? Regardless, it’s going to be laughed at.

Jeremy has been performing for more than a decade and has become one of the most sought after comics in the country with regular appearances on TV3’s 7Days, the Panel on Radio New Zealand National and his blog Political Animal. His most recent shows, (un)common sense, Jeremy Elwood Thinks Too Much and Jeremy Elwood’s 12 Steps have been critically acclaimed.

“It’s well worth spending an hour with him” – 2010

Jeremy’s uniqueness comes from consistently presenting a solid new hour of stand up, which sets him apart from many other comics. This is a comic who doesn’t rest on his laurels, he works at his craft and the results are audible each time he is on stage.

A return to the Basement Studio in Auckland and his first full season at Wellington’s prestigious San Francisco Bathhouse will give Jeremy’s loyal fan base and those who are just discovering him the perfect settings to enjoy his irreverent and probing style of comedy.

Seeing Jeremy’s show is like buying your favourite bands latest album and an absolute must for any Comedy Festival.

As part of the NZ International Comedy Festival 2012

Dates: 28 April & 1 – 5 May, 8.45pm
Venue: The Basement Studio, Lower Greys Ave, CBD 

Dates: 14 – 19 May, 7pm
Venue: San Francisco Bathhouse, Cuba St, City

Tickets: Adults $25/ Conc. $23 / Group of 10+ $23
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK or
Duration: 1 hour

For a full line up of performances, booking details & more information, visit


Refreshing thoughtfulness presented with wit, clarity and panache

Review by Shannon Friday 15th May 2012

For this review of Jeremy Elwood’s Time Bomb, I wish I could just write, “He’s snarky, opinionated, and hilarious.  Unless you’re deeply religious – in which case, you’ll hate all the swearing – go see him.”  But that would be doing Elwood a disservice.  He deserves more than that.

The premise of Time Bomb is to consider the coming – at least to the ancient Mayans – end of the world on 21 December 2012.  Early in the show Elwood asks the audience what they think is more likely to cause the end of the world than a misunderstood Mayan prophesy.

His riffing from the list that audience members suggest either proves that everyone else has come up with those answers before or that he’s fast on his feet.  I’m guessing the latter.

The material is a blend of the topical (see his current events blog for TV3 for an example) and the personal. Nothing is safe, from the Rugby World Cup, through the Christchurch earthquakes, to the horrors of giving up smoking.  New Zealand politics gets more than its fair share of attention, and organised religion – always an easy target – gets a delightfully fresh treatment. 

While topical humour can quite easily turn into cheap shots at those in power, Elwood looks deeper, and is therefore funnier, than that.  As a result, I often found myself laughing at his political jokes, even on the rare occasion that we sat on opposite sides of the political divide. 

Elwood knows how to structure a joke and a set.  There are moments of absolute levity – including a delightfully uproarious bit about a world religious leader’s road trip – that contrast with moments of total (well, almost) seriousness.  

For all his wit and cynicism, it is clear that Elwood has a considered point of view. It’s a refreshing one, and presented with wit, clarity and panache, it makes Time Bomb a cracking night out.


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Sardonic, sly, masterfully funny and smartly witty

Review by Darren Bevan 02nd May 2012

This show really should be called “Jeremy Elwood talks a lot of sense”.

The ever acidic and permanently insightful Mr Elwood returns with a new target in his sights for his comedy show – the end of the world aka December 21, 2012.  

And what a show Timebomb is. [More


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