MARCEL LUCONT – Sexual Metro (France)

Comedy Underground, 305 Queen St, Auckland

24/04/2010 - 01/05/2010

NZ International Comedy Festival 2010

Production Details

"Wonderful French wit whose skills as a raconteur and bon vivant are almost as proficient as those he wields in the bedroom. Superb stuff. Magnifique." Time Out, London
Marcel Lucont is France’s premier misanthropist and lover and a self-published, self-award winning author of several books, including his own European travelogue, ‘Ménage A Cinq’, his account of loose executive women of London, ‘Whores D’Oeuvre’ and his L.A. travelogue, ‘Diagnosis: Merde’. Marcel has honored the people of London, Edinburgh, Adelaide, Melbourne, Barcelona and Madrid by travelling to their countries to perform for them. Now, it is your turn Auckland. It’s a privilege for you to have him here.
“Gloriously pedantic and quite brilliant…Encore Marcel, encore!” The Scotsman
Fresh from sell-out seasons in Adelaide, Melbourne and Edinburgh, don’t miss your chance to catch Marcel Lucont on his strictly limited Auckland run. Laid back, brooding and oozing with casual arrogance, he shares his nihilistic philosophy of life, love, sex and death. To miss this show is to give up on life.

Dates: Sat 24 & Tues 27 April – Sat 1 May, 8.30pm
Venue: Comedy Underground, 1 Wellesley St West, City
Tickets: Adults $22.50, Conc. & Groups 10+ $20
Bookings: Ticketek, 0800 TICKETEK,
Show duration: 1 hour    

A caricature of the French lover and romancer

Review by Rachael McKinnon 25th Apr 2010

Monsieur Marcel is standing at the centre of the stage wearing a grey turtleneck and holding a glass of red wine which he gulps at passionately throughout the night. All that is missing is a cigarette hanging from his lips and a nude woman prostrate in the background.
He begins with three promises: that we will hear an excerpt from his memoirs efficiently titled: Moi, that he will sing us a song and that he will recite us a poem. Each is delivered and many reveal a great deal about this French Lothario’s nihilistic approach to living.
Do not expect a show that is funny in the same way French cinema or literature is funny – it is not irreverent, black humour or a comedy of errors. In many ways, Marcel’s show is a parody or a caricature of the French lover and romancer. He exudes self-assurance and does not hesitate to venture into the realms of pubic grooming and giving French women all their Christmases at once, so to speak.
He does venture briefly into the comedic territory of, "Do we have anyone here from…" and a few people have their culture compared unfavourably to les français. But it is all fairly benign and everyone stayed on side throughout.
Lucont engages the audience, offering choices between which chapter of his memoirs he will read or which poem he will recite. His poem on this particular night was an exceptionally clever demonstration of the English language, in spite of what one might expect, and it compares the breasts of the French and the British, as chosen by the overwhelmingly vocal male majority. 

Take your partner, order a glass of merlot and relax. Marcel is a treat.
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