Nik Coppin in Spiders, Man (UK)

The Transmission Room, Auckland

01/05/2008 - 03/05/2008

Bar Bodega, Room 101, Wellington

07/05/2008 - 10/05/2008

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

Production Details


Following his successful debut at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival in 2007, one of the UK’s most amiable comedians, Nik Coppin brings "Spiders, Man!" with him on his return in 2008.

Coppin is a seasoned performer, having performed throughout the UK, Europe, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, all over Australia and New Zealand over the last seven years.

"Spiders, Man!" is a mixture of Coppin’s unique style of audience banter, storytelling and informative comedy, this time around based upon his arachnophobia and childhood love of superheroes.

But in case you think that an hour of just superheroes and spiders might just be a bit much to take in, worry not, there will be plenty of other stuff too. From his stories on his travels throughout the world, interests in other things like sharks, dolphins, sport and above all his audience members and you are promised a show to sit in, be part of and enjoy.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see him this year!

"Coppin’s show ‘Spiders, Man!’ is unlike any other show I have seen to date. His unique blend of English humour combined with his worldly experience make this one show not to be missed!" –  Ewan Gordon, The Pun, Melbourne 

"..they didn’t stop laughing until the smoke settled at the end of a rip-roaring hour of end-to-end entertainment." –  Richard Smith, The Age, Melbourne 

Dates: May 1st – 3rd, 10pm
Venue: The Transmission Room (Corner Mayoral Drive and Queen St), Auckland
Tickets: Adults $20, Concessions and Groups of 10+ $16 (service fees may apply)

Dates: May 7th – 10th, 8:30pm
Venue: Room 101 @ Bar Bodega, 101 Ghnzee Street
Tickets: Adults $18, Concessions and Groups of 10+ $15 (service fees may apply)

Bookings: TICKETEK – 0800 TICKETEK (0800 842 5385)
Show Duration: 1 hour

Just relax, man

Review by Nik Smythe 02nd May 2008

Regular mid thirties London geezer Nik Coppin has stopped off in Kiwiland on his international comedy circuit travels to tell us a bit about stuff like what he thinks about, and to try and pick up our accent.  Starting off with a seemingly safe ‘who’s here from Auckland?’, apparently no-one wanted to admit it at first, especially not me. 

Some frenetic banter with the audience establishes that we have a cosmopolitan crowd here tonight, representing Argentina, Manchester, Texas and New York.  Normally this repartee stuff is just comedy detail, not really much to review, but this Thursday night the twenty odd audience members play more than minor roles in the proceedings.  

There was all-knowing Alan (from Auckland) in the front, the most classic Kiwi caricature Coppin could have hoped for.  ‘Monteiths lady’, a drunkish lass ‘from accounts’ was there with her boss (cue a recurring theme of increasingly lurid assumptions from the guy with the mic), originally made herself known when she drunkenly abused Coppin’s dress sense vis a vis his red crocs (which admittedly did clash with the slightly different red of his Spider-top which, although nifty in it’s gimmickry really is indeed quite annoying to look at).  Near the back there’s ‘Wolverine Lady’ who vitriolically disputes Coppin’s assertion that Spiderman would beat Wolverine in a fight.

Coppin himself can’t quite seem to ever just relax, which in turn makes it hard for us to properly relax and keeps his whole hour all at pretty much the same level.  He mostly just talks about pretty normal kinds of things that interest him, and now and then he might even make a joke but he never gives any of it breathing space.  Every time he attempts a Kiwi accent he then has to quickly point out that he’s getting there. 

He’s not above being below the belt, as it were, by any stretch. But he has a need to cover it with the ‘just joking!’ line. And when you think about it, it’s more insulting than any personal remark he might make against anyone, to feel the need to patronisingly remind us he’s joking in a comedy show at a comedy festival. 

The show ran way over time and he still said there was heaps more he wanted to talk about, when what I felt was he needed to talk less and let some of his gags and concepts breathe. 


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