LANA WALTERS Problem Areas

Fringe Bar, 26-32 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington

11/05/2021 - 15/05/2021

NZ International Comedy Festival 2021

Production Details

You may have seen her on 7 Days, The Project, SNORT, or the ‘people you may know’ segment of your Facebook page (it’s a small country) – now watch Lana in her Billy T nominated stand-up show Problem Areas

Come along for an intimate hour of standup that promises to be loose, fun and a bit raunchy. If you’ve ever had a really good sandwich it will be a lot like that; but instead of your favourite fillings it will be funny, sexy, comedy and instead of bread it will be 30 year old comic Lana Walters.

Billy T Award Nominee 2021, NZICF
Winner – Best Newcomer 2018, NZICF (‘Faking It’)

The Fringe Bar
11 – 15 May 2021
Tue & Thu:  $20
Wed:  $18
Fri & Sat:  $25
*service fee may apply

Wheelchair accessible
Occasional bad language
Adult themes
R18, unless with their parent or legal guardian. Strictly enforced.

Theatre , Stand-up comedy ,

1 hr

In a state of gestation

Review by Margaret Austin 12th May 2021

Lana Walters at the Fringe Bar has only one problem really. She’s five months pregnant. It shouldn’t be a problem, but anyway it’s a good enough premise for a stand-up comedy act.  

“Make some noise” is an overplayed first line, but we do anyway. “Doing stand-up pays the bills,” she tells us, “but my real passion is administration.” That’s much better. 

Walter’s material is pure self-disclosure with some self-consciousness thrown in. While we can appreciate that, it’s an uneasy combination at times.

And I think that’s why I get to hear so many “ums” and “ahs”. I’ve been trained to listen for them – and this evening I stop counting at 300. Just saying. There can be different reasons for committing fillers. Whatever the reason is, if a performer isn’t made aware of flaws such as these, they regrettably get built in to the performance.

But there are positives. Walters admits to being a people pleaser. And several self-deprecatory comments such as “I lied in my food diary – I …(etc)” win the day as they should.

On Tinder, she copped a cop. This has evidently made up for a lot, as well as providing her with more material to mine: renting, Auckland’s water crisis and baby names.

Walters is a Billy T nominee. Problem Areas is a new show. Like her, it’s in a state of gestation. Give it a bit longer and it’ll pop out perfect. Just have to decide on a name.  


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