Michele and Jeremy ON THE ROAD

Clarence Street Theatre, Hamilton

27/02/2019 - 27/02/2019

The Gaiety, 105 Rue Jolie, Akaroa

01/02/2019 - 01/02/2019

Sherwood Workshop Room, Queenstown

10/02/2019 - 10/02/2019

Arts on Tour NZ 2019

Production Details

Michele A’Court and Jeremy Elwood’s AOTNZ tour
1 Feb – 9 March 2019  

Michele A’Court and Jeremy Elwood have been performing comedy around the country – and around the globe – for over 20 years.  

Regular guests on Radio New Zealand’s The Panel, they also feature on TV shows such as 7 Days and The Project, while their co-written weekly column for the Christchurch Post also features on Stuff.co.nz

Insightful as well as outrageously entertaining, they’ve appeared at festivals around the world, from Adelaide to Edinburgh, and are regulars at the NZ International Comedy festival.

Michele enjoyed huge success when she toured Stuff I Forgot to Tell My Daughter with AOTNZ in 2016. This time it will be stuff the couple tell each other – intelligent yes, but mostly impudent, irreverent uplifting fun.


Friday 1 February 8pm Akaroa
The Gaiety Theatre
$20 Book: Akaroa Museum

Saturday 2 February 8pm Balcairn
Balcairn Hall $25
Book: Sally Mac’s Amberley, Stan’s 7 Day Pharmacy Rangiora,
Sefton Garage, Mumma T Trading Lounge Amberley

Sun 3 February 2.30pm Ashburton
Ashburton Trust Event Centre
Open Hat with wine and cheese Pre-bookings needed at Ashburton Trust Event Centre

Tuesday 5 February 7.30pm (doors open 7pm) Geraldine
Geraldine Community Hall
$45 per seat, $550 per table (includes gourmet platter) Book: Eventfinda

Wednesday 6 February 7.30pm Twizel
65 and Dine
$30 includes complimentary drink
Book: Twizel Info Centre and Top Hut

Thursday 7 February 7.30pm Oamaru
Inkbox Theatre
Opera House
Book: Ticketdirect or Opera House

Friday 8 February 7.30pm Alexandra
The Stadium Tavern
$25 Adult; $20 Seniors
Book: Alexandra i-Site or at the door if tickets available

Saturday 9 February 7.30pm Cromwell
Lowburn Hall
$25 Adult; SuperGold $20, Student/child $5
Book: Cromwell i-Site

Sunday 10 February 7.30pm (doors open) Queenstown 
Sherwood Workshop Room
$25 Book: Eventfinda

Monday 11 February 7.30pm Hawea
Lake Hawea Community Centre
$25 Book: Sailz Café, OCD Café Wanaka,
Mitre 10 Wanaka, door sales (eftpos available)

Wednesday 13 February 7.30pm Hokitika
Old Lodge Theatre
$20 Book: Hokitika’s Regent Theatre

Thursday 14 February 7.30pm Reefton
Reefton Club
Adults $20, Student $10, Family $50
Book: 03 732 8542 or 03 732 8111 or door sales

Friday 15 February Dinner from 6pm Mapua
Show from 8pm
The Playhouse Theatre
$25 Book: Eventfinda or the Playhouse

Saturday 16 February 7.30pm Picton
Picton Little Theatre
$25 Book: Take Note, Picton, Alyssums Blenheim

Tuesday 19 February 8pm Upper Hutt
Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre
$20 Book: www.expressions.org.nz

Wednesday 20 February 7.30pm Waipawa
CHB Municipal Theatre
$25 pre-sale, $30 door sale
Book: www.eventfinda.co.nz and CHB Theatre

Thursday 21 February 7.30pm Wairoa
The Gaiety Theatre
$25 Book: i-Site, Council, Gaiety Theatre

Friday 22 February 7.30pm Opotiki
Opotiki Library $20

Saturday 23 February 7.30pm Ohope
Ohope Chartered Club
$20 Book: The Good Life

Sunday 24 February 7.30pm Putaruru
The Plaza Theatre
$20 (group and loyalty discounts available)
Book: The Plaza Theatre and Eventfinda

Tuesday 26 February 7.30pm Tauranga
Baycourt Community Arts Centre
$25 Book: www.ticketek.co.nz

Wednesday 27 February 7.30pm Hamilton
Clarence St Theatre
$49 Book: www.ticketek.co.nz

Thursday 28 February 7pm Whitianga
Coghill Theatre
$25 Adult, $15 Youth
Book: Paper Plus Whitianga

Friday 1 March 7.30pm Paeroa
The Refinery
$25 Book: The venue and Eventfinda

Saturday 2 March 7.30pm Whangarei
The Riverbank Centre
$30 Book: www.whangareitheatrecompany.org.nz
and Storytime

Friday 8 March 7.30pm New Plymouth
Alexandra room
TSB Showplace
Table seat $30 plus service fee, Theatre seat $25 plus service fee
Book:  www.ticketek.co.nz

Saturday 9 March 7.30pm Wanganui
Royal Wanganui Opera House
$25 Adult, $20 Student/Senior, $60 mint dinner and show deal
Book:  Royal Wanganui Opera House
www.whanganuivenues.co.nz or 06349 0511

Arts On Tour NZ (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse.

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National comedy treasures

Review by Cate Prestidge 28th Feb 2019

Michele and Jeremy are nearing the end of a solid nationwide tour to over 27 towns but they show no signs of flagging as they pop out for introductions and check to see if we know what sort of touring comedy couple they are, actually. Turns out they’re a real one, 19 years in fact, and like many long-standing double-acts, they have an obvious connection and a few rituals. One of these is conducting a coin toss to see who takes the first half. Michele wins and sends Jeremy out “to be the canary down the coalmine.” The audience laughs, it bodes well.

This is the first time I’ve seen Jeremy Elwood performing comedy live; I’ve seen some TV galas and his appearances on shows like 7 Days but it is great to see him in a sustained set beyond those brief glimpses.

Elwood is boisterous and lively on stage, and he’s a terrific storyteller. His set showcases the range of his humour and intelligence as he explores the New Zealand psyche, identity, history, achievements and our place in the world, all the while adding stories and observations.

He highlights absurdities, and his ability to show both the insider and outsider’s view is great as he ranges across topics from Disneyland, homosexual law reform and Brexit. Thanks to him I will never think of a whale stranding the same way again (never: mind blown!). He is both funny and provocative, and his affable style means the audience are well on side from the get go.

After the break, Michele A’Court bounces out, and I say bounce in an affirming powerful way, like she’s full of good stuff. She is bouncy, and a bit spiky and provocative. To be honest, I have loved Michele ever since she appeared on kids TV in the late 1980s but, as with Elwood, this is my first live comedy show with her.

She commands the stage space with confidence: a strong and funny everywoman telling stories about ageing, sex, dieting, swearing and parenting that the audience relate to and laugh with. As a bonus, the women (sisters… ladies… ) in the audience get multiple, hilarious and handy tips on how to manage the gender pay gap and beat the evolutionary instincts of the male of the species.

Michele has that rare charisma of being both accessible and extraordinary, leaving you feeling like you’d be instant best friends should you happen to meet over a glass of something.

After twenty-two shows, they show no signs of flagging. I’d venture to say they are national comedy treasures and we should fuel them by going to their show and supplying them with cheese and red wine whenever possible.  


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They make us think as well as laugh

Review by Viv Milsom 12th Feb 2019

Comedy couple Jeremy Elwood and Michele A’Court keep their audience laughing out loud on Sunday evening at the Sherwood in Queenstown.  

Winning the toss, Elwood is first up and it seems nothing and nobody will escape his comic scrutiny. Canadian by birth but bred in New Zealand his humour is more ‘international’.

A self-confessed news junkie, Elwood bemoans the sad state of New Zealand where he says some weeks there simply isn’t any – or at least none of any significance – and he offers an example from ten years ago.

America on the other hand provides Elwood with rich pickings. Gun laws and the Trump supporters who believe teachers should be armed especially concern Elwood, given how such a policy might have affected his very presence tonight. Trump and Brexit in the UK are both great for stand-up comedy, although Elwood admits it is actually impossible to keep up with Trump.

Back in New Zealand, beached whales in Canterbury prompt some amusing musing. He is a hard act to follow but his comic partner and wife, Michele A’Court, with her more ‘personal’ humour proves to be no less funny than her husband.

His proposal gets a mention. As a feminist, A’Court applauds stay-at-home dads in New Zealand and has some cogent advice for working women. Her views on shopping in relation to keeping husbands happy display female logic at its best, I think.

Body shapes, the diet brigade and the mysteries of aging also get the A’Court treatment. At times outrageous, always provocative, A’Court is an out there woman, using her humour to support her feminist beliefs while making us laugh at ourselves and our feminine foibles.

Both Jeremy and Michele make us think as well as laugh – just what the best comedy should do.


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A bright start to a flying tour

Review by Brigid Rennell 02nd Feb 2019

A good crowd has turned out to greet this comedic duo on the first night of their tour which will see them visit twenty seven small towns the length and breadth of New Zealand. Thanks to Steve Thomas of Arts on Tour NZ, audiences will be treated to this punchy performance and a whole host of laughs.

Just to dispel any doubts the two make clear that yes; not only are they partners in performance, they are also partners in life having been married Las Vegas style a few years back.

The pair team up to introduce the show and then deliver two separate stand-up routines.

Michele wins the rights to bat first and leads the audience on a round of fast paced, political and topical taunts: not for the faint hearted. There are laughs a-plenty as she focuses on being a woman in a man’s world and the ridiculousness this often entails. There are a few high-profile personages who come in for a roasting that have the audience oohing and aahing but also chortling in what could only be a show of agreement.

The second half sees Jeremy entertain us with tales of his travels, also touching on the political and the personal. A natural story teller he draws us in and has people laughing long and hard.

The purpose of comedy is often to point out the foibles in human nature, the things that we all relate to. And at times to voice what we would like to say but feel afraid to. But most of all it’s to come together to enjoy a laugh and to realise that we are all pretty much the same. This show ticks all those boxes.

A bright start to a flying tour, this is a delightful evening’s entertainment. If you are in one of New Zealand’s smaller towns, you should make the effort to get along to it – and bring a group of friends so you can all laugh together.


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