Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street, Wellington

11/02/2014 - 15/02/2014

NZ Fringe Festival 2014

Production Details

An intimate hour with superstar celebrity lady slayer, the Reverend Dr. Vinyl Burns. 

“…the seamless magic of your very own host the loveable, unflappable, king of kiwi comedy; Vinyl Burns.” – Idealog Magazine

An irresistible mashup of subtle self-deprecating character comedy, sold with unexpectedly slick circus skill, slapstick personality and high altitude rockstar finesse.

Vinyl Burns reveals the secret burden of celebrity, charisma and good looks, as he offers a peek into his sideshow past, his chaotic present and his glorious Rock’N’Roll future… all while, pedalling his delicious brand of 70’s romance… for the ladies.

They broke the mould, THEN they made Vinyl Burns.

Features physical and verbal comedy, circus, live music, some adult language.

Kim Potter is a performer, musician, comedian, writer, presenter, MC and gadget nerd. Kim’s comedy character and alter ego, Vinyl Burns is far more prolific than he is.

Vinyl has produced an album spawning five music videos, several web series covering poker, sleep, sex therapy, cooking, rock concerts, dramatic film, chocolate milk and water safety. Vinyl writes an irregular blog, and produces an equally erratic “Vinyl Speaks” podcast and his weekly 1am – 3am radio show on Wellington’s 

New Zealand Fringe Festival
Dates:  11th – 15th of February 2014
Venue:  Gryphon Theatre
Tickets:  Adults $15, Conc. $12, Group $10

Theatre , Comedy ,

A multi-talented performer

Review by Maryanne Cathro 12th Feb 2014

Vinyl Burns is a freak of Nature. If you don’t love him, he’s not really trying. The demented alter ego of Kim Potter, Burns is far better than we think he is. An act predicated on being mediocre, it is soon obvious that the talent underneath is impressive.

Holding an audience by oneself for nearly an hour is no easy feat, but Burns has sex psychologist Dr Burns to guest spot for him, as well as his cowboy alter ego, so it’s a lot of value out of one act.

The magic show segment is a mash up of good tricks done badly and bad tricks with great twists. Burns shows us that magic is all about the act, not about reality, revealing ‘unintentionally’ the mechanics, but in doing so of course we are lulled into a false sense of his limitations. Not a mistake one makes twice. 

The show peaks with some spectacular circus humour, which it would be churlish of me to spoil. And a great finale combining humour, music and the possibilities of music technology all woven together. 

Kim Potter is a multi-talented performer and Vinyl Burns is his chance to mash it all up in an extravagance that any mere mortal could never face down. Don some sequins, false teeth and a badly adhering toupee and suddenly the boundaries are busted down, and everything goes.

If you go, and I hope that you do, sit in the front row and let the mojo take you over. It is worth it.


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