Some Regrets

Cavern Club, 22 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington

25/02/2024 - 26/02/2024

NZ Fringe Festival 2024

Production Details

Created and performed by Sam Gibson

Sam Gibson has Some Regrets and he’s not afraid to share them in his hysterical new show. Breaking free from the shackles of Christchurch, Ōtautahi’s own gay of chaos is making his Wellington debut with this unmissable hour of hilarity. Covering everything from recycling and dating apps to Mr Potato Head and the deepest recesses of the New Zealand Herald comment section, Sam’s here to reveal all – no regrets! (maybe Some Regrets).

Described as a “very active person with a very busy brain” by his psychiatrist and nominated for “Goodest Gag” at the Good Times Christchurch Comedy Awards, Sam is certified to make you laugh, cringe, cry, and feel strong feelings about words that actual humans have said with their mouths. Your mum loves him, your dad thinks he’s a bit much, you’re gonna think he’s just right. Get tickets now so you don’t have to tell your grandkids you missed this.

Venue: Cavern Club
Dates: 25-26 February
Time: 8pm

Full Price – $19.99
Concession – $15.99

Sam Gibson

Theatre , Comedy , Solo ,

60 Minutes

Infectious personality, genuinely and naturally very funny, lights up the room

Review by Shemaia Dixon 26th Feb 2024

At the Cavern Club, “Christchurch gay” Sam Gibson immediately makes it clear he has all the energy necessary to keep the audience engaged for the duration of the show. Some Regrets marks his Wellington debut.

He covers various topics, from recycling to Mr. Potato Head, and even makes a few jokes about Christchurch which, as a Cantabrian, I can confirm are hilariously accurate. Overall, the show’s theme – Gay – makes for a fun camp experience. Gibson’s high energy carries the show smoothly as he uses current events and personal experience to keep the audience on the edge of our seats.

One highlight is when Gibson regales the audience with his replies to various people in the New Zealand Herald Facebook comment section, letting them know that Mr Potato Head is in fact, just a toy potato.

While the show is entertaining, certain sections feel as if they are targeted at a particular audience. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but is something to keep in mind.  For example, while Gibson jokes about receiving “the good kind of catcall”, a female audience member comments to me that there is no kind of ‘good’ catcall, they’re all just scary. Additionally, it’s worth keeping in mind that driving to the Riccarton bush carpark late in the day as a first date is a very different kind of red flag for women than it is for men.

These jokes are by no means bad, but it is worth being aware that depending on the audience and their experiences, they may not always land as intended. In general, the show is thoroughly entertaining. It’s just good to note that Some Regrets falls squarely into the specific category of ‘white gay man’ comedy.

The only point at which I am genuinely uncomfortable is when being ‘skinny’ is used synonymously with being ‘hot’. Though this is largely due to my own experiences, it’s once again good to keep in mind that while such comments could mean little to some, they can be genuine triggers for others.

In general, Sam Gibson has an excellent set and an infectious personality. Gibson is genuinely and naturally very funny and lights up the room. Some Regrets is a beautifully gay show that could be expanded on and taken in many different directions. I’m excited to see what the future holds for this talented man. 


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