Late Laughs (Wellington)
30/04/2010 - 15/05/2010
1hr approx - Fri & Sat only
Rolling together with well warmed up comedians
Review by Maryanne Cathro 02nd May 2010
The crowd gathering outside the door to the San Francisco Bathhouse are a happy lot – most have come from another gig or a bar, and are already in a mood to be entertained. When we are let in, the venue is packed and it’s little wonder as Late Laughs has to be one of the best value events in the Comedy Festival.
This week’s line up is hosted by one of my favourite acts Zoe Lyons, and comprises Wilson Dixon, Josh and Woody, Clayton Carrick-Leslie, TJ MacDonald and James Nokise.
A truer cross section of Kiwi comics [plus English MC] you couldn’t hope to find. Zoe Lyons worked the audience with lightning repartee. An audience as hyped as this one could have gotten out of hand but this gal knows how to get people on side and working with her.
I know she had since last year to come up with some great topical Wellington lines, but it’s always great to hear an overseas artist poke the borax at one’s home town in a way that is far more real than the usual “insert name here” stuff.
I can honestly say I’ve not laughed so much at a live show since Janey Godley last year (same venue, hmm, is there a connection?) most of the acts have come from a show that night already so they are well warmed up, and we roll together.
My advice to all is to book ahead. Grab a warming coffee at Floriditas, as it can be nippy in the queue, and SanFran can’t let us in until the previous show clears, and last night the show started 20 minutes late. But it is well worth it. At $20 for five or six great acts, a bit of Wellington wind up your trouser leg is a small price to pay!
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