ZOE LYONS: Miss Machismo (UK)

Club Ivy, The Garden Club, 13B Dixon St, Wellington

27/04/2010 - 01/05/2010

The Elliot Stables, 39 Elliot St, City, Auckland

04/05/2010 - 08/05/2010

NZ International Comedy Festival 2010

Production Details

“Brilliantly acerbic…one of UK comedy’s fastest-rising talents… Her force of personality is enough to overpower anyone in the audience still laboring under the delusion that women aren’t funny” The Guardian
A stand-up stalwart of the UK comedy scene, multi-award winning comedian Zoe Lyons makes the leap to the international touring arena following 2009’s sell-out and critically acclaimed show ‘Miss Machismo’. Starting in the UK in February and finishing in New Zealand in May, don’t miss your chance to catch her on her limited runs in Wellington and Auckland!
‘Miss Machismo” is an hour of punchy comedy that explores, amongst other things, arming the elderly, gay penguins, and the Pope’s remarks about the blurring of the genders. Zoe thought this was a curious comment from a man who insists on wearing a frock with pretty red shoes but then people do say the strangest things. According to one audience member she encountered this year all lesbians pee standing up and you need balls to be a comedian. Well… ok then, ladies and gentlemen please welcome… Miss Machismo.
“…a raucous hour of outrageous jokes…” Sunday Times Culture
Zoe is also a patron of Pride alongside Stephen Fry, Sir Elton John and Sir Ian McKellen and in 2009 was listed in the Top 100 Gay Personalities in the UK. Her debut solo show “Fight or Flight” in 2007 earned her a nomination for the prestigious and coveted If.Comedy Best Newcomer Award and sell out shows in Edinburgh have followed. She is also a much sought after act on the international circuit and has recently performed in Madrid, Barcelona, Dubai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, the French Alps and on the New Zealand Comedy Trust Christmas Tour, which saw her featured on the TVNZ gala in December. In the UK, Zoe has appeared on several high profile TV shows including “Mock the Week” (BBC2), “The Paul O’Grady Show” (ITV) and “Sexbombs” (BBC 2).
Dates: Tues 27 April – Sat 1 May, 8.30pm
Venue: Club Ivy, The Garden Club, 13B Dixon St, City
Tickets: Adults $25, Conc. & Groups 10+ $20
Bookings: Ticketek, 0800 TICKETEK, www.ticketek.co.nz 
Show duration: 1 hour 

Dates: Tues 4 – Sat 8 May, 8.30pm 
Venue: The Elliot Stables, 39 Elliot St, City
Tickets: Adults $25, Conc. & Groups 10+ $22.50
Bookings: Ticketek, 0800 TICKETEK, www.ticketek.co.nz 
Show duration: 1 hour   

Intelligent humour and well-timed reincorporation

Review by Phoebe Smith 28th Apr 2010

Zoe Lyons is funny. It might seem like an unnecessary opening to the review of a comedy festival gig – but at the same time it is highest and most crucial praise.

Lyons spends five minutes with the regulation banter of the difficulties of travel and the dampness of our fair city, but quickly warms into her narrative-style comedy.

Evoking Eddie Izzard in her intelligent humour and well-timed reincorporation, Lyons has the audience regularly belly-laughing and very much on her side. What is more, she doesn’t make a single ovaries-related gag. She is a good comedian not a good female comedian.

Go and see this woman – if you can get a ticket, Club Ivy, 8.30pm until May 1st. Zoe Lyons is funny.
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