TIM BATT Saves Planet Earth

Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland

13/05/2014 - 17/05/2014

Cavern Club, 22 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington

29/04/2014 - 03/05/2014

NZ International Comedy Festival 2014

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Absolutely one of the best comedy acts I have seen in years, and one of the highlights of this year’s International Comedy Festival. Someone get that man a TV show stat” – ConcretePlayground.co.nz

Comedian Tim Batt, winner of last year’s Best Newcomer Award (NZ International Comedy Festival) is back for 2014 with a Billy T-nominated show, Tim Batt Saves Planet Earth in Wellington (29 April – 3 May) and Auckland (13 – 17 May) as part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival.

Tim is a 26 year old Auckland-based (Wellington-raised) stand-up comic, radio host (Radio Hauraki), 7 Days panellist (TV3) and previous RAW Comedy National Finalist (2011), as well as being an award winning film maker (48Hours Grand Winner, 2011).   

Tim’s skills combined last year to create the hugely popular Loo Review segment on TVNZ’s U Late, garnering a strong following as he critiqued a new toilet each week.  

His 2013 comedy festival show Tim Batt’s Unified Theory was not only award-winning but also a sell-out in its Auckland and Wellington seasons.  

Critics raved about the show:  

a fast paced, chatty, well timed hour of uncompromised, eloquent comedy” – Theatreview.org.nz

wildly funny” – KeepingUpWithNZ.com

This year’s show Tim Batt Saves Planet Earth promises to be a more ambitious attempt at solving everything wrong with you and the world, according to the brain of Tim Batt. Featuring his trademark combination of audience banter and dark twists, this promises to be a show not to be missed.

Tackling subjects from politics to Tinder, Tim Batt Saves Planet Earth is set to deliver a stand out show to this year’s NZ International Comedy Festival.

As part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, grab some mates and join us for a great night of laughs from 24 April – 18 May.

For the full Comedy Fest show line-up head to comedyfestival.co.nz

Dates: Tue 29 April – Sat 3 May, 7pm
Venue: The Cavern Club, 22 Allen Street
Tickets: $15 – $18
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) // ticketek.co.nz

Dates: Tue 13 – Sat 17 May, 7pm
Venue: The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
Tickets: $15 – $18
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) // ticketek.co.nz

A professional display of a non-professional Kiwi archetype

Review by Robbie Nicol 14th May 2014

Tim Batt Saves Planet Earth could only have been created in New Zealand. 

Admittedly, there are moments throughout the show where influences from around the world seep through. He asserts that Colonel Sanders was a slave owner because “he can feel it in his guts”, which immediately brings to mind Stephen Colbert’s unparalleled performance at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. He raises his voice to a high-pitch when he lies and whispers into the microphone when he’s sentimental – vocal techniques that are most common with comedians that are camp and British. But despite these influences, Tim Batt always pulls his jokes back into a distinctly Kiwi comic rhythm.  

It is the same cadence that you hear in John Clarke’s Fred Dagg or in the work of Paul Ego, and it allows people like Tim Batt to point to issues in our democracy without ever seeming too political. It is a voice that is simultaneously definitive and humble, and that finds wisdom by avoiding the over-complicated.

Batt gets Ryan from the front row to read out admissions of fear from the audience at the start of the show, which allows him to build a rapport with the audience. He tells us we need to build this rapport if we’re going to achieve our goal of saving the world – a clever move at a stand-up gig. Similarly, when the audience seems to disapprove of a joke about an infertile woman, he takes this discovery of the audience’s moral compass as a successful discovery that we’ve all made together as a team. 

Perhaps the cleverest move Tim makes is taking his closing joke from last year’s Unified Theory show and putting it right near the start of this performance. This is what Louis C.K. did every year when he decided he could fight to become a great comic rather than a good one. It forces the comedian to come with an entire hour of material that is better than, or on par with, the best thing they came up with the previous year. If Tim Batt keeps it up, I am certain he will have a long and successful comedy career.

When Tim Batt’s show opens with a loud video telling us all the reasons the world was falling apart – a video that includes George Bush as one of the reasons we were doomed – I feel sure his show is going to be a series of brash, outdated jokes. I am wrong.

Tim Batt’s performance is a professional display of a non-professional Kiwi archetype that covers everything from his inability to make a move on Jess when he was fourteen, to the many reasons “our planet is fucked”. 


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