NEXT BIG THINGS hosted by Ben Hurley (2015)
Q Theatre, Rangatira, Auckland
25/04/2015 - 25/04/2015
San Francisco Bathhouse, 171 Cuba St, Wellington
28/04/2015 - 28/04/2015
NZ International Comedy Festival 2015
Ben Hurley (TV3’s 7 Days) hosts this grippingly entertaining line-up show, where you’ll get to spot the Next Big Things on the kiwi comedy circuit. With so many talented up-and-comers in the local scene, this show promises a hilarious showcase of the comedians you’re gonna want to see again!
“ …the stronghold of talent that is AotearoHA – Next Big Things have clearly been busy fine tuning their art. Let the era of funny continue.” – Keepingupwithnz.co.nz
Sat 25 April, 7pm
Tickets: Adults $29.50 Conc. $27.00 Groups 6+ $27.00* service fees may apply
Bookings: 09 309 9771
Tues 28 April, 7pm
Tickets: Adults $25.00 Conc. $20.00 Groups 6+ $20.00* service fees may apply
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538)
Well executed and witty potty humour
Review by Thomas Aitken 29th Apr 2015
Next Big Things features seven up and coming Wellington comedians presented by Ben Hurley, best known as a comedian on TV3’s 7 Days.
The crowd laps up his slurred, expletive-laden jokes between 10 minute sets from the supposed “next big things on the Kiwi comedy circuit.”
Joel Hansby, Savanna Calton, James Malcolm, Alice Brine, James Jobe, Patch Lambert and Daniel John Smith all show glimpses of genuine talent and promise, keeping the crowd thoroughly entertained throughout.
Their materiel covers issues that seem to be relevant to young adults today, such as working a shitty job, relationships, aging parents, and of course technology like Tindr, Grindr and emoticons. There are also plenty of fat, fart and gay jokes thrown in there for good measure.
There is some real audience engagement and some sassy delivery of punch lines, but I can’t help but feel the content is a little juvenile at times.
These are only tasters of what these young comedians have to offer however and it feels natural that they would follow in the tone set by Hurley, the guy that the majority of the crowd seems to be interested in.
The future for Wellington comedy looks bright but it’d hate to see any of the seven comedians (most of whom were in their late teens / early twenties) prematurely branded as “the next big thing” based on ‘potty humour’, as one audience member so eloquently puts it.
In saying that, it is generally well executed and witty potty humour and these are only taster sessions. Most of the comedians have other shows in the comedy festival which will be a much more accurate gauge of their individual merits.
That way you can make up your own mind on the future on comedy in Wellington while supporting local talent. Check out their shows below…
Joel Hansby – http://bats.co.nz/shows/comic-or-poet/
Savanna Calton, James Malcolm & Patch Lambert – http://bats.co.nz/shows/past-our-bedtime/
Alice Brine & Daniel John Smith – http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2015/how-to-fold-fitted-sheet/wellington
James Jobe – http://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=HUGOMCKI15
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