The Basement, Auckland

07/05/2013 - 11/05/2013

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

Production Details


After sell out seasons at the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and a full house for Armageddon Expo 2011 (Australia’s Premier Science Fiction Convention) Rob Lloyd will be bringing his show of obsession and nerdiness to Auckland – opening on 7th May, 2013, and asking the BIG questions in WHO, ME.

Rob will be investigating whether Doctor Who (the television show) is guilty of inciting in him a debilitating obsession, or whether it has shaped him into a well-rounded, mentally-sound member of society. Since 1996 Rob Lloyd has dedicated himself to amassing as much Doctor Who knowledge, well as videos, DVDs, novels, audios, action figures and assorted paraphernalia as he can afford. With his replica Jon Pertwee era sonic screwdriver in hand and dressed in his 10th Doctor get up he is ready to jump head first into finding out how and why he got here!

Rob and Scott have been working together for the past 7 years and brought to life many comedies in that time. Whether on either sides of the stage as with Rob’s one man shows, or taking out the Adelaide Fringe Theatresports Award for 2012, their level of fun, frivolity and cheekiness has brought smiles to thousands of people. 

“…a stellar piece of work…” Chortle 

“…nerd life in its hilarious, embarrassing entirety” Time Out 

“…gutsy, constantly entertaining and full of intelligent surprises…”Herald Sun

As part of the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival


Dates: Tue 7 –  Sat 11 May, 8.30pm  
Venue: The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, City
Tickets: $17 – $25 (booking fees may apply)
Bookings: 0800 842 5385 or   

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Sharp, engaging and clever

Review by Anna Stillaman 08th May 2013

Created in collaboration with Scott Gooding, and presented by Vicious Fish Theatre, Who, Me marks Rob Lloyd’s New Zealand debut at the NZ International Comedy Festival 2013. 

Who, Me sits somewhere between classic stand-up and theatrical performance.  It is a one-man show that includes a wealth of chortling moments, and employs Rob Lloyd’s considerable talents as an actor, storyteller, comedian, MC and even dancer. 

To start, we cheer wildly when Lloyd appears because he looks – by golly – like that actor who played the Tenth Doctor in the Dr Who series.  We spend the first several minutes gawking greedily with a kind of freak show fascination.  

Rob Lloyd embraces this phenomenon, utilising his unabashed passion and dizzying knowledge of all things Whovian, to strip away The Doctor and reveal himself as Rob Lloyd.  It is cleverly done, and one which delivers in abundance to Dr Who fans. 

The hit TV series is put on trial to determine whether Lloyd’s fixation with Dr Who has ruined or enriched his life.  An obsession he carefully catalogues among Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Jurassic Park and Sherlock Holmes.

As audience, we are assigned the role of Jury, and Lloyd weaves us into his world using classic audience participation; not that kind of audience participation that can have you cringing but good healthy stuff that is a little bit silly and a great deal of fun. 

Lloyd executes his part with feeling, charm, confidence and mercurial energy, firing off in-jokes that have our brains racing to pinpoint the reference, supported by lighting and sound that seamlessly hit every cue. 

Minute-by-minute, Lloyd “kills” The Doctor (who ironically he accuses, at one point, of genocide) as we travel the course of his life from awkward teen to struggling schoolteacher, until we are left staring at the man known as Rob Lloyd.  Revealing that while on the outside he may simply appear to be a “Dr Who look-alike,” there is so much more on the inside.  By the end, we’re a little less awestruck, but can’t help but like this bright and eclectic man. 

I am hanging out somewhat for Lloyd to describe the moment when he realised that the TV show produced a Doctor who looked like him.  What was it like, I wonder, to encounter your favourite cultural icon and realise that… wow, is that… me?  Did he feel that he had absorbed Dr Who so much into his soul that he had somehow bent the universe to his will? 

It also would have been nice for the audience to have the final vote.  As Jury, it seemed fitting that our concluding participation would have been to cast the determination – guilty or not guilty; a further payoff for us, regardless of its outcome, to feel that the end is not yet fixed, and that we may yet impact the course of Time.  Lloyd casts his own conclusion, which I won’t reveal (spoilers).

The show’s comic moments are slick and clean. On occasion it may feel a little rehearsed, but there are plenty of fresh responses from and to the audience to keep us feeling we are witnessing something that will happen just once in all of Time and Space. 

Dr Who fans will unquestionably love Who, Me.  It’s their night.  They guffaw and grin at every Whovian reference.  But even if you don’t know much about Dr Who, you’ll still enjoy yourself.  It’s sharp, engaging and clever.  It’s certainly worth seeing.

Afterwards I wander warm and glowing into the cool autumn night, and sing the Dr Who theme tune on the way home.


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