SAM SMITH - Laughing Gas
05/05/2015 - 09/05/2015
Comedian and comedy writer by day; sensible dentist… also by day. Laughing Gas finally brings Sam Smith’s double lives together for an hour of comedy edutainment.
Laughing Gas is about Sam’s as a working dentist and comedian, in which Sam promises to maintain dentist/patient privilege while simultaneously drilling it for all the comedy it’s got. Find out what happened to the kid who broke into his car, stole his guitar, then came to see him as a patient. Find out what else dentists use that little mirror on a stick for. Find out all those other confusing issues around dentistry, like how to do the whole oral health thing properly (try flossing, you lazy shits). Add in some audience interaction, giveaways and music and you’ve got Laughing Gas – the funniest dental check-up you’ve ever had!
Sam Smith is an accomplished writer, comedian, and musician, and was a national finalist in the 2011 Raw Comedy Quest. His first solo show, Samantics, won Best Wellington Newcomer at the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival. He writes for TV3′s 7 Days, Jono and Ben at Ten, and sitcom Sunny Skies. Laughing Gas is his fourth NZICF show and his second solo show.
“Sam Smith is God’s favourite NZ comedian – and mine!” – Michael Palin
“Genuinely hilarious plethora of talent” – Theatreview.org.nz
“Quick and painless. I didn’t feel a thing!” – Anonymous patient
Auckland Dates: Tue 5 – Sat 9 May, 8.45pm
Groups 6+ $15.00* service fees may apply
09 309 9771
Funny, warm and engaging
Review by Dione Joseph 06th May 2015
If you’ve ever had a fear of the dentist (and I certainly have) experiencing Sam Smith’s comedy show is probably the perfect antidote. It should at least soften some of those knots in the tummy.
It’s simply impossible not to like Smith. His cheeriness radiates across the cosy confines of the cellar at Q and although the show does seem a trifle haphazard at times, his unquenchable joie de vivre carries it on a high.
Smith is a dentist and his experiences while wielding instruments in and over patient’s mouths form the bulk of his set. He also points out the various flaws in the many dentist jokes that have proliferated in cyberspace and offers his own factually correct responses. The latter are not only valid but insightful and challenge the various stereotypes that Google reinforces.
He is appropriately attired in a dentist’s smock and his show is called Laughing Gas. If you have an expectation of a medley of puns and comments, not to mention anecdotes about clients, then you certainly won’t be disappointed.
Audience interaction is definitely one of the highlights so take a front row seat and get involved. If you prefer the back, don’t worry: everybody gets a chance to make a contribution, if they wish.
It’s a funny, warm and engaging show and while it might not be as slick or refined as some of the others, you have to give Smith full marks for doing what good comedy does best: making people laugh.
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