Basement Theatre Studio, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland

07/05/2013 - 11/05/2013

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

Production Details


Mickey D is a brilliant natural comic and amiable host, conquering everything from comedy bear pits to kids’ festivals. He is the creator, producer and host of THE PHATCAVE – the Massively Popular, Infamous, Late Night comedy show, born out of the Edinburgh Festival. 

‘A natural born performer’ – The List (UK) 

Circa 98 -Mickey D burst onto the comedy scene as a 17 year old and made an impact, storming the national finals of JJJ’s Raw Comedy. He was then selected to be part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s first ever “Comedy Zone” line up. Today Mickey is recognized as a truly International comedian. 

Proudly South Australian at all costs, Cricket mad, former 1st XVIII captain, KFC reject and banned from High-school Debating team, this Multi Award winning comedian has performed at no less than 8 Edinburgh festivals, twice being asked to perform at The Montreal Comedy festival. In 2007 he pulled off the comedy grand slam of Montreal, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Auckland & his hometown Adelaide, the later awarding him the “Best Show” gong for which he was again short-listed in 2008 and 2009.

‘..but the evenings brightest spark is Mickey D, a loud demonstrative Australian with a masterful command of his audience and a quick wit.’ – The Scotsman

Mickey has worked the globe with stints in such as far-flung locales as, Johannesburg, Zagreb, Kigali, New York, London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Dublin not mention favorites Wellington and Auckland where he was voted Best International guest two years running by the NZ comedy guild.

‘The prodigal son returns to deliver a knock-out hour of surprisingly strong impact…he’s a natural on stage’ – The Advertiser

Mickey D will feature in his own solo show in Auckland’s Basement Theatre Studio as well as returning to host the ever popular, Big Show in the Comedy Chamber, Auckland Town Hall.

As part of the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival 

Date: Tue 7 – Sat 11 May, 7.15 pm
Venue: The Basement Studio, Lower Greys Ave
Tickets: $22 – $25 (booking fees may apply)
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK www.ticketek.co.nz 

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Raucous, cheeky, crass, rambling, maniacal …

Review by Sian Robertson 08th May 2013

Mickey D’s extremely crass scatological humour is sometimes just disgusting without being particularly funny (unless you’re into that sort of thing?) but usually he manages to tick both boxes.  

Mickey D narrowly defies the Aussie bloke stereotype – e.g. he’s blokey and crude, but perfectly at ease complimenting a man on his nice shoulders or apologising to his wife. His meat-and-potatoes subject matter (accents, drugs, booze, racism, gender politics, marriage, piss and shit), is imbued with his unique maniacal bent. 

Raucous, cheeky, crass, rambling, he gets completely carried away in the moment when it comes to anything involving farts, shit and vomit. But he’s not one-dimensional; he has a sharp self-awareness that allows him to transcend the boyish potty-humour to offer some insightful observations on human interaction and those moments we have with ourselves when we think no one’s looking.

Mickey D has an honesty about him that is humbling and makes me forget to take myself too seriously for all of 80 minutes. 

I laugh so hard I am fighting for air a couple of times, and frequently tear-stained at his great impersonations and side-splitting accents – specifically South African, Birmingham and Maori Boy – and his daughter’s dance moves.  

He talks about the ‘lonely time’ before he had a wife and his now-two-year-old daughter, back when life was about reaching the next level in excessive drinking and drug-taking and the inevitable consequences. As much as it cracks him up thinking back to that phase of his life, he genuinely doesn’t seem to miss it. But he likes the fact that it’s there to provide endless comedy fodder in the form of hilarious anecdotes detailing the embarrassing things one does when shit-faced. 

He roams captivatingly between one subject and the next, from changing nappies to gambling, from the pitfalls of married life to the dangers of doing stand-up in small Australian towns.

As you’d expect, Mickey has some charming (and not-so-charming but funny nonetheless) material on fatherhood and his irreverent approach to child-raising. His wife, whom he clearly loves to bits, gets a right razzing, as do South Africans, Australians and cats. He’s got a soft spot for New Zealanders so we get off lightly. 

Mickey D treads a fine line of propriety, sometimes, but mostly he blatantly crosses it. He lets fly way more than his fair share of disgusting, offensive, politically incorrect gags, and gets away with it, such is his charismatic candour – he has his opening-night Auckland audience eating out of his hand.

If you are: a cat lover who can’t take a joke; allergic to swearing; or too sophisticated to stoop to fart jokes – then you won’t like Mickey D. Everyone else, roll on up.


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