TIM BATT One Night Only

VK's Comedy & Blues Bar, 60 Dixon St, Wellington

17/12/2015 - 17/12/2015

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Tim Batt is back in his home town, Wellington, for one night only with an hour stand up show at VK’s Comedy and Blues Bar on Thursday December 17.

Tim has been gracing the small screens of New Zealand for the last few years on shows including Jono and Ben at Ten, 7Days and The Late Night Big Breakfast. You may also know him from his global smash hit podcast; The Worst Idea of All Time(over 2,000,000 downloads and counting) or from his years at Radio Hauraki.

This FIVE STAR comedian has been called:

 “a f*cking shitstorm of laughs” –  Craccum

 “incredibly refreshing, honest and relatable – a must-see”- 3News.

 “Batt’s reactive opinions are on par with George Carlin and Bill Hicks, but the aggression of these late comics is replaced with a youthful and almost optimistic exuberance”.  – TheatreScenes

 “he’s a worthy contender for this year’s Billy T Award – either that or a seat in Parliament” – Gather and Hunt

Winner of the Best Newcomer Award in 2013 for his first solo hour, and twice nominated for the Billy T Award (2014 & 2015) in the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Tim has spent the last year gigging across New Zealand, Melbourne and Los Angeles. This show presents his finest material, promising to be a fantastic showcase of one New Zealand’s best rising comedians.

Thursday 17th December, 8pm
VK’s Comedy and Blues Bar 
60 Dixon Street  
Tickets: $20 // http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2015/tim-batt-one-night-only/wellington

Theatre , Stand-up comedy ,

Creates a fun, friendly atmosphere

Review by Fiona McNamara 18th Dec 2015

Tim Batt performs for one night only to a full house at VK’s Comedy and Blues Bar in his hometown of Wellington.

Batt gets the audience on his side right from the start, quickly building rapport with his friendly persona. He’s a master of audience engagement – directly chatting to people and riffing off their input but never embarrassing them or putting them on the spot too much.

With the perfect level of self-deprecating humour, Batt is able to move between New Zealand politics, stoner adventures in LA, world religions and his own personal anguish of a break up.

Batt has his comic storytelling fine-tuned.  He successfully draws us into a mundane tale of buying sheets by weaving in hilarious insights into his inability to function following a break up. We go there with him, feeling his heartbreak and laughing at the images of his monumental failure at basic everyday tasks.  

As someone in my late twenties, like Batt, the story rings true to the experiences I share with my peers, having all recently realised we no longer have any excuse not to behave like ‘proper adults’, but still haven’t quite figured out how to do it.  Batt gives a refreshingly honest take on this common and admittedly pathetic state.

Towards the end, Batt delivers his riskiest material – sharing his theory that instead of being less offensive, comedians just need to increase the breadth of their offensiveness and makes sure that everyone is included. He makes a quip at each and every religion that the audience supplies, and appears to get away with it, however, this is my least favourite bit in the set. I enjoy the announcement of the solution to comedians reputation for marginalising particular groups, but don’t find the jokes themselves really earn their place. Where the audience laughs, it is just for the sake of hearing taboo material –rather than for any new ideas.  

That said, overall Batt creates a fun, friendly atmosphere and leaves me feeling entertained and respected as an audience member. Give him a try next time he’s in town.


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