Steve Wrigley in Of Mates And Mischief

Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland

02/05/2009 - 09/05/2009

San Francisco Bathhouse, 171 Cuba St, Wellington

12/05/2009 - 16/05/2009

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

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Steve Wrigley is genuinely one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. It’s easy to see why he is so highly regarded by his peers and so richly deserves the huge success that he has created for himself over the last year. His 2008 Comedy Festival show "The First Time" was a high energy, heartfelt, hilarious hit of the Festival which resulted in him winning the Billy T Award. In fact 2008 saw Steve winning a whole swag of awards, along with the coveted Billy, he won Best Comedy at the Wellington Fringe Awards, Best MC at the NZ Comedy Guild Awards and was also voted Wellington Comedian of the Year by his fellow comedians.

The latter part of 2008 saw Steve make the move from his beloved home city of Wellington to Auckland. Far from taking a punt on things Steve was asked to move up to take on his first ever "job" as part of the drive team on 91 ZM. You can now hear his insights and musings six days a week interspersed with some of Today’s Hit Music. The kids love it. Having a day job certainly isn’t keeping Steve tied down however, 2009 has seen him at the World Buskers Festival in Christchurch, touring the country as part of the Notorious Comics Tour for Orientation and a season at the Dunedin Fringe. It’s little wonder really, someone with as much energy as Steve will always find something to get involved with.

Steve spending so much time on the road helps form the premise for this show, all those hilarious stories that happen with your mates on road trips and all the subsequent nonsense. Steve is perfectly equipped to regale us with these stories, not only the experience but the veracity of his highly energetic, filterless, manic and over active imagination.

"Almost in the style of Robin Williams and late US comedian Andy Kaufman" – Dominion Post

It’s a rare comic ability that Steve possesses. Coupled with his natural charm, stemming from him being such a genuinely good human being, make him one of the most engaging and dynamic performers about. When you watch Steve on stage, you know he absolutely wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world but performing right there and then. He has that bubbling excitement and underlying enthusiasm you see in someone when they truly love what they are doing and can’t quite believe they are getting the opportunity to do it. Imagine John Campbell interviewing Noam Chomsky, just fizzing at the bung.


Dates: Saturday 2 & Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 May, 8.30pm
Venue: The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
Tickets: Adults $23 Concession $18 Groups 10+ $18
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK,

Dates: Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 May, 7.00pm
Venue: San Francisco Bathhouse, Cuba St
Tickets: Adults $23 Concession $18 Groups 10+ $18
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK,


A great act to treasure

Review by Jackson Coe 14th May 2009

As my time in the audience of the Comedy Festival develops, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that there many good acts on offer this year, but what Steve Wrigley’s set at the San Francisco Bathhouse has demonstrated to me is that there is a subtle difference between a good act and a great act.

After a smooth entrance taking the mickey out of a commercial hip-hop track, Wrigley launches into a series of tales stemming mostly from his misadventures with close friends.   It’s clear from his energy and liveliness that Wrigley is a talented comedian.  Expressive, confident and articulate, Wrigley is a natural performer.  Of course, we should expect no less from the 2008 Billy T. James Award Winner.

Wrigley hails from Wellington (Newtown to be precise) and he has no hang-ups about relating his misadventures as a young adult to a crowded room.    Anybody who’s flatted in Wellington has probably lived his stories of pot smoking, pizza deliveries and general antics associated with being young in the city.  He knows Wellington, he knows its culture, and he tells his tales with an intuitive panache which is fun and inclusive.

What sets Wrigley apart is that his jokes and stories are not simply for laughs, although be assured these do come thick and fast.  Much in the vein of Bill Hicks, who amidst his ravings delivers some true pearls of wisdom, Wrigley has subtly used comedy to convey a theme and a message; to treasure in our memories. 

It may be that because of my youth I found this more profound than it was intended, but I certainly left the bar knowing that I had taken more away than just a dose of comedy, and to me this is what marks Steve Wrigley as a great act well worthy of being the Billy T. James Award winner in 2008. 
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You’ll fizz your face off

Review by Venus Stephens 04th May 2009

The Basement, in Greys Ave, is the venue for 2008 Billy T Award winner Steve Wrigley’s Auckland chapter of the International Comedy Festival.

A mellow hub under the due line of Mayoral Drive, the bar is swathed in dim red light that lends a Soho feel to its metro surroundings. Cool but friendly bar staff play host to affordable drinks and generous servings. It’s a great place to partake in a preshow tipple or two and serves a laid back base for Steve Wrigleys six night outing of his 2009 showcase Of Mates and Mischief.

The title alludes to the show content where visually unwelcome but nonetheless hilarious accounts of ‘bromance’ (non homo love for ones male friends) and romance (cuddles and intimate love for his absent lady) fleck the hour with good humoured silliness. From the time the lights go down, my friend Sarah and I stay in fits of laughter, along with the rest of the house.

If I was any good at maths (which I’m not), I would calculate that Steve Wrigley fits 360 degrees of nonsense into this 1 hr slot, full circle…no lies, especially when the bro-stess with the most-est has an uncanny ability to corrupt the most mundane everyday action through the fine art of piss taking.

Case in point: an audio dub of a phone order becomes an orchestrated karaoke playback, the simple act of answering the phone with this (trainee) evil genius (he’s not really mean) leads the unwitting recipient into his good natured mischief.  This opening alone is worth the ticket price; we couldn’t stop laughing.

During the set latecomers are ribbed for being just that and get a 3 minute breakdown of the show thus far: his improvisation skills are prevalent and they’re tight. One bloke up front is commended on the two lady friends he has for company; Wrigley quips: "He’s got options after the show." None seem harassed and all jibes are delivered with an easy going tone.

Hilarity ensues as we are treated to accounts of charity picnics and creative liberation for the physically disabled; the demerit of ladies’ facial hair and the unforgivable faux pas of panic ditching good marijuana when you’re wasted.

Wrigley dots the hour with so many laughs, my brain and breath can barely keep up. It is clear from the onset why he won the 2008 Billy T Award (the NZ Comedy Guild Best Show award) along with Wellington Comedian of the Year award.

The Official Comedy programme states "Steve is clearly the balls." I would have to agree and in the spirit of this testicular vein, I would have to say he’s a shiny brass pair. (Sorry about the visuals).

To miss this show would be a major disappointment, coining a phrase from the man himself: "You’ll fizz your face off."

Go see it, support NZ Comedy.
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