NICK RADO's COMEDY BUNKER

Cavern Club, 22 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington

15/05/2012 - 19/05/2012

Q Theatre, The Vault, Auckland

08/05/2012 - 12/05/2012

NZ International Comedy Festival 2012

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IT’S 2012, THE LAST YEAR ON THIS PLANET; IF YOU WANT TO SURVIVE, YOU MUST SECURE A TICKET AND BE PRESENT IN … THE COMEDY BUNKER. 

Join as seen on TV3’s ‘Would I Lie to You’, ‘AotearoHA’s Next Big Things’, TV2’s ‘A Night at the Classic’ and 2011 NZ Comedy Guild Best MC Nick Rado in the comedy bunker as he round house kicks you in the face with hilarity whilst simultaneously unveiling the secret to surviving the end of the world.

We all worry about embarrassing moments in our past; we continuously worry about humiliating ourselves in the future, all whilst worrying about what people thinking of us now; with all this worry admin to deal with, how can we concentrate on worrying about the end of the world?  Through stand-up, story-telling and crowd pleasing buffoonery Nick Rado (2011 NZ Comedy Guild Best Gag Nominee) mirthfully dissects his own foolish worrying and offers an amazing secret to living life worry free. If you want to survive past 2012 you must secure a ticket and be present in Nick Rado’s Comedy Bunker. Book early to avoid not booking.

Also in the show (not necessarily in this order): Stand-Up Comedy, drink sip breaks, fun, famine, someone leaving to go toilet, applause, under arm sweat check breaks, laughter, politic, a minute silence and Hilarity.

Nick Rado is a NZ comedian, multiple UK Sony award winning radio presenter, 2011 Billy T Nominee and has performed to sell-out crowds in the UK, Netherlands, Hong Kong, USA, Ireland and New Zealand.  Nick has also performed to critical acclaim in comedy festivals around the world including, Bath, Leicester, Brighton, NZ, Hong Kong and for the past 5 successive years Edinburgh.

**** “ON-ITS-TOES CROWD PLEASING BUFFONERY AT ITS BEST” THREE WEEKS, EDINBURGH FEST

**** “HIS COMEDY MAY BE INTERNATIONAL BUT THE LAUGHTER IS UNIVERSAL” ONE4REVIEW, EDINBURGH FEST

**** “CHARM, TIMING, ORIGINALITY AND ABOVE ALL FUNNY … RADO HAS IT ALL” HEADLINERS CLUB, LONDON

**** “A MASTER STORY TELLER” CHORTLE, UK

As part of the NZ International Comedy Festival 2012

NICK RADO IN HANG 11 COMEDY CLUB

AUCKLAND
Dates:  Tue 8 May – Sat 12 May, 8:45pm
Venue:  The Vault, Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland
Tickets:  Adults $18/ Conc. $14/ Group 6+ $14 
Bookings:  09 309 9771 www.qtheatre.co.nz  www.ticketek.co.nz

WELLINGTON
Dates: Tue 15 May – Sat 19 May, 8.30pm
Venue:  The Cavern Club, 22 Allen St, Wellington
Tickets:  Adults $18/ Conc. $15/ Group 6+ $14
Bookings:  Michael Fowler Centre Westpac St James Theatre  www.ticketek.co.nz
Duration: 1 hour

For a full line up of performances, booking details & more information, visit www.comedyfestival.co.nz  




Hilarious games and standard standup

Review by Shannon Friday 16th May 2012

Nick Rado starts his show about three different times.  First he quizzes members of the audience about who they are and what they do for a living, pretty standard stuff, really. 

Things heat up as the men singled out early in the evening are returned to again and again throughout the night.  First, one leads a Mexican wave.  Then there’s a group game of ‘Guess Who’, where a guest comedian tries to pick out a member of the audience (a volunteer again) by asking questions.

Things come back to the ‘volunteers’ late in the evening, as one is selected to play an African orphan in a hilariously mimed parody of those ‘Save the Children’ or other charity television ads.

Rado spends maybe half his time on these games, and has me nearly rolling on the floor with laughter.  He plays his status with the volunteers expertly.  However, Rado treats it as if these are simply an introduction to the ‘real’ stand-up comedy that he does. 

His more conservative stand-up is pretty familiar: stories about his visits back to his parents’ house and a tale that you won’t believe about his Dad’s, um, wisdom? regarding middle age.

The night ends with a return to the ‘theme’ of the show, which was mentioned briefly but not really revisited.  It is a confusing end, trying to tie together themes that were largely forgotten or left out.  However, that’s a quibble with what was otherwise a pretty solid, if occasionally disjointed, show.  

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