SARAH HARPUR: Life. Death. Pets.

Fringe Bar, Cnr Cuba & Vivian, Wellington

27/04/2010 - 01/05/2010

NZ International Comedy Festival 2010

Production Details

*2009 ‘Best Newcomer’- NZ Comedy Guild*
*2009 RAW Comedy Quest Winner*
Life. Death. Pets. Parents often give their children a pet to teach them about life and death. But what happens, when instead of one pet, you have dozens? Does that make you wiser, or insane?
Sarah is originally from a small isolated farm in Dannevirke where her faithful pets were her best friends – it’s a tough life lesson to see your friends eat each other. It’s even harder to eat them yourself.
Cat abortion. Dog suicide. Racist rabbit. Eating your mates. Relax, it’s all covered.  
You’ve read the blog, now see her show!
Sarah Harpur is sometimes brilliant, often silly, always bizarre.
Wellington comic, Sarah Harpur, began her career in stand up in 2008. Tackling the tough subjects, like cannibalism and cat abortion, she quickly made her mark on the local comedy scene. She is both the National and Wellington 2009 RAW comedy quest winner, NZ Comedy Guild ‘Best Newcomer’; and the ‘yellow’ half of The Comediettes.
Sarah is also a budding rock god who will delight meat eaters and vegans alike with her musical numbers.
‘Like a delinquent sunbeam’– Lumiere Reader
‘An indomitable bundle of enthusiasm’– TVNZ
‘Every joke hits the mark, she is in control and she knows it.‘ –Theatreview

Date:  Tues 27 April – Sat 1 May, 7.00pm
Venue:  Fringe Bar, Cnr Cuba & Vivian St
Tickets:  Adults$16 / Conc. & Groups of 6+ $12
Bookings:  0800 Ticketek (0800 842 5385) or
Show Duration:  1 hour  


Darkly sparkly, talented and energised

Review by Lyne Pringle 28th Apr 2010

Bubbly and bouncy in killer blue heels, Sarah Harpur, ‘white trash’ escapee from Dannevirke, struts onto the stage to fill us in on the themes of her show.

With good support from a home crowd, sparkling patter and delightfully crooked teeth she soon has us chuckling and at times laughing from the belly.

Her 4th form English project in the form of a macabre re-enactment of the Bain murders is a dark and technically accurate piece of genius, proof of her talents at an early age.

Also very engaging is a rave about the domestication of animals including cat milking, a soap opera for pedigree dogs and a song about sheep.

She has a snappy guitar thing throughout her set with her Dead Dad’s Club song a highlight – a comedian’s bizarre way of dealing with family trauma.

Lots of killer and clever one-liners pepper the focussed and clever writing in her show as she mines her background for a distinctive take on the biggies: life, death and a unique perspective on the role of pets in our lives.

She is good; darkly sparkly, talented, energised and worth checking out.
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