Q Theatre, Luna, Auckland

25/04/2014 - 26/04/2014

Kitty O'Sheas, 28 Courtenay Place, Wellington

07/05/2014 - 10/05/2014

NZ International Comedy Festival 2014

Production Details

Three of Wellington’s premier comedians team up for the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival in Auckland 25th – 26th April and Wellington 7th – 10th May, to help people through the challenging times by sharing stories and advice from their own personal life crises.

If you are out of a job, going through newlywed tensions, struggling with the demands of parenthood or a ginger, Ricky Threlfo, Tito and Brad Zimmerman have some advice that may (or may not) help you with these pressures.

A two time Raw Comedy Quest Finalist, Ricky has been performing stand up for three years and received rave reviews during last year’s Comedy Festival for his part in the show Gloriously Average. With impeccable comic timing, wit and a twisted sense of logic, his ability to make seemingly innocuous situations hilarious is a joy to watch.

Tito has come a long way since he began stand up five years ago and last year he was awarded the Spirit of the Festival (Wellington). Tito’s storytelling is insightful, friendly and entertaining. He’s not afraid of being the butt of his own joke and people shouldn’t be surprised at how personal his material gets.

Brad Zimmerman is a Raw Comedy Quest (Wellington) winner and national finalist in 2008. His sell out show in last year’s festival, Sky Diving With My Mum was also a critical success and his delivery of material is amongst the best in the country. An extremely likeable performer, with stories that are side splittingly funny, Brad is one to keep an eye on.

These comedians will show you that while life is a bitch, it ain’t all that bad.

As part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, grab some mates and join us for a great night of laughs from 24 April – 18 May.

For the full Comedy Fest show line-up head to comedyfestival.co.nz

Dates: April 25th – April 26th at 10pm
Venue: Luna at Q Theatre, Lower Greys Ave
Tickets: Adults $18, Conc. $15, Groups 6+ $15 (Excludes booking fees)
Bookings: 09 309 9771 or qtheatre.co.nz

Wellington Dates: May 7th – May 10th at 10pm
Venue: Kitty O’Shea’s, 28 Courtney Place
Tickets: Adults $15, Conc. $12, Groups 6+ $12 (Excludes booking fees)
Bookings: www.eventfinder.co.nz

Solid hour a test of taste

Review by Hannah Smith 11th May 2014

A Mild Life Crisis is a good title for a stand up show.  It accurately describes the mental state of week two of this hectic festival, and it’s vague enough to allow pretty much anything any comedian could feasibly want to talk about. 

Threlfo, Tito and Zimmerman cover a range of topics under this umbrella, in three 20 minute sets of solo stand up. 

Tito, first on the floor, examines a period of his life where he was made redundant and had to move back in with his parents. He is blokey and cheerful, with stories of stoners and rough times in Westport pubs. He has a decent set, the crowd is warm, but not roaring. 

Next up, Ricky Threlfo, has some offbeat anecdotes: he’s been going nuts with a soda stream, and has some quirky observations about his kid and his cat. Threlfo brings an upbeat energy to the stage and seems to be having a great time himself, which helps rev the room and get some larger laughs.

Brad Zimmerman, last up, and the biggest name of the bunch, manages to lose everybody in seconds with a bit of banter that falls flat.  He bounces straight up again, though, and fires through a well-rehearsed and structured set on his impending fatherhood (that’s his crisis, you see).  I saw him do this same exact section at First Laughs, and it is well-worked stuff.  Zimmerman has a structure and his delivery is slick; content-wise this is not for me but I can see why he slays them in Picton.

All in all, a solid hour – most of the comedy was not to my taste, but it found its mark with the late night Kitty O’Shea’s audience.  


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