BATS Theatre, The Propeller Stage, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

29/04/2015 - 02/04/2015

NZ International Comedy Festival 2015

Production Details

Ever get that awful feeling that you haven’t locked the door, after you’ve checked it four times? Are you ridiculed for your colour coded wardrobe? Unable to leave the house without your bottle of hand sanitiser?
We can totally relate!

We’ve both been diagnosed with O.C.D which happens to have the silver lining of being great inspiration for comedy.

Come with us as we use our mean as comedy and magic skills to delve deep into the world of O.C.D. We’ll be covering the ins, outs, ups, downs lefts & rights… four times probably. It’s the O.C.D.



Dates: Wed 29 April – Sat 2 May, 6.30pm

Venues: The Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre, Wellington

Tickets: Adults $18.00 Conc. $14.00 Groups 6+ $13.00* service fees may apply

Bookings: 04 802 4175



Comedy ,

1 hour

Relaxed and fluid yet exemplifies OCD

Review by John Smythe 30th Apr 2015

Kade Nightingale and Jeremy Rolston debuted their promising double-act with PANIC! just over two years ago then misfired badly (in my opinion) last year with Don’t Panic. What a delight, then, to find they really have their act together in You, Me & OCD.

Having broken the ice in more than one way to get the show started, they pursue their Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) theme with, you guessed it, obsessive compulsive zeal, to the extent that audience members openly express their dismay when a kink in a table cloth offends their eyes. I confess it took me a while to get over the discomfort of seeing a screwed up piece of paper discarded on the stage for most of the show, so I guess it helped to be told everyone has OCD to some degree.

One of their compulsions is to tell ‘uncomfortable’ jokes and the one about Ebola is no exception, except this time it’s on theme and they do it with self-awareness of their transgression.

Kade is the speed-speaker of the duo and Jeremy’s strong suit is, as before, his magic tricks – some involving illusory devices. While the audience-involving card trick is truly remarkable the most astonishing ‘trick’ involves a four-by-four grid of numbers. He asks for a number, gets “83” this night (I don’t think she was a plant) then fills in the grid so each horizontal, vertical and diagonal line, and each quadrant, adds up to 83. I like to think we are in Rain Man territory here rather than being conned. (Feel free to Comment, below, as to which numbers are used on other nights.)

Anxiety is exemplified with a phone call to an insurance company. Lip syncing, PowerPoint and video clips are used (as before but better), they use ‘story time’ to recap (an excellent device) and top it all off with a dance that benefits greatly from Kade being light as a feather and/or Jeremy being quite strong.

With You, Me & OCD Kade Nightingale and Jeremy Rolston have come of age. A relaxed and fluid show that nevertheless exemplifies OCD is a pleasure to behold.


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