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An International Showcase

The 5 Star Comedy Preview 2012

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The Festival just got bigger and, so too, the 5 Star Comedy Preview with eight international comedians already confirmed including Milton Jones, Chris Martin and Dan Willis from the UK, Craig Campbell from Canada, Stuart Taylor from South Africa, Bill Dawes from the USA, Brendon Burns from Australia and our special Festival band all the way from Ireland, Dead Cat Bounce.

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Showing In:

Auckland

Dates:

Thu 26 April, 8pm

Venues:

SKYCITY Theatre, Auckland

Tickets:

Adults $48.50
Conc. $0.00
Groups 10+ $44.50* service fees may apply

Bookings:

0800 TICKETEK (842 538)

Show Duration:

2 hours
 

Critics Review

Darren Bevan, tvnz.co.nz'With the scope of talent on show here, it's hard for any of the acts to get more than a few minutes of comedy going with the crowd - but, despite some jetlag, they all gave it their best shot.'open/close
With the scope of talent on show here, it's hard for any of the acts to get more than a few minutes of comedy going with the crowd - but, despite some jetlag, they all gave it their best shot.

UK comedian Chris Martin riffed on his famous namesake before worrying us with his views on lift etiquette and working a dishwasher. He certainly got the crowd with him to start - always a good sign.

Canadian Craig Campbell, who's a cross between Jesus, Billy Connolly and a man-sized lion, had to tackle problems with the stage lights going on and off during his act as well as trying to recount his mugging in Brussels with host Dan Willis. He showed off some physical comedy as well and certainly got the audience onside.

Which may be a bit more of an ask with Aussie Brendon Burns. Treading a fine line between confrontational and offensive to some, Burns may be an interesting ask in the festival. His stage rage over Michael Barrymore certainly left some in fits and others stunned at what they'd seen as they headed into the break - an interesting paradigm for a comedian but certainly proof that edgy comedy is continuing.
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The second half saw South African Stuart Taylor riffing on what makes recession entertainment in his own house as well as the obligatory reference to Browns' Bay on Auckland's North Shore. Amiable and amusing, Taylor is one of the turns at this year's variety show, The Big Show.

American comic Bill Dawes and his overly rubbery face got some laughs when it really shouldn't have and by continuing to push a few stereotype buttons and some interesting local references, his live wire act could maybe make some reconsider working out at Les Mills.

Milton Jones was perhaps one of the highlights of the show, dispersing such surreal non sequiturs and puns in the manner of Emo Phillips and looking a little dishevelled as he walked out on stage - but man, he had the crowd eating out of his hand thanks to some perfectly fine tuned comic timing.

Dead Cat Bounce with their Spinal Tap-esque looks (bet they get sick of that reference) and songs about "What sounds do farm animals make?" And a Song written for Westlife "but they didn't want it" are proof the musical satire hasn't yet gone away.

All of the acts are doing their own solo shows too during the run of the festival. So, my advice until the end of May is to head to as many shows as you can - and while there may be some misses among the myriad of acts, make sure you've got your laughing gear on - because the acts deserve that from you at the very least.

With the scope of talent on show here, it's hard for any of the acts to get more than a few minutes of comedy going with the crowd - but, despite some jetlag, they all gave it their best shot.

UK comedian Chris Martin riffed on his famous namesake before worrying us with his views on lift etiquette and working a dishwasher. He certainly got the crowd with him to start - always a good sign.

Canadian Craig Campbell, who's a cross between Jesus, Billy Connolly and a man-sized lion, had to tackle problems with the stage lights going on and off during his act as well as trying to recount his mugging in Brussels with host Dan Willis. He showed off some physical comedy as well and certainly got the audience onside.

Which may be a bit more of an ask with Aussie Brendon Burns. Treading a fine line between confrontational and offensive to some, Burns may be an interesting ask in the festival. His stage rage over Michael Barrymore certainly left some in fits and others stunned at what they'd seen as they headed into the break - an interesting paradigm for a comedian but certainly proof that edgy comedy is continuing.
The second half saw South African Stuart Taylor riffing on what makes recession entertainment in his own house as well as the obligatory reference to Browns' Bay on Auckland's North Shore. Amiable and amusing, Taylor is one of the turns at this year's variety show, The Big Show.

American comic Bill Dawes and his overly rubbery face got some laughs when it really shouldn't have and by continuing to push a few stereotype buttons and some interesting local references, his live wire act could maybe make some reconsider working out at Les Mills.

Milton Jones was perhaps one of the highlights of the show, dispersing such surreal non sequiturs and puns in the manner of Emo Phillips and looking a little dishevelled as he walked out on stage - but man, he had the crowd eating out of his hand thanks to some perfectly fine tuned comic timing.

Dead Cat Bounce with their Spinal Tap-esque looks (bet they get sick of that reference) and songs about "What sounds do farm animals make?" And a Song written for Westlife "but they didn't want it" are proof the musical satire hasn't yet gone away.

All of the acts are doing their own solo shows too during the run of the festival. So, my advice until the end of May is to head to as many shows as you can - and while there may be some misses among the myriad of acts, make sure you've got your laughing gear on - because the acts deserve that from you at the very least.

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Yvan J Drake - 24 Days Of Giggles
Wow! What an awesome night! The packed out auditorium that is the Sky City Theatre was humming with many many dozen people (in fact, enough people to have the venue sold out) looking for laughs. And it was at this fountain of laughter that they gained their release.

The night opened with the fantastic DAN WILLIS from the UK effortlessly warming the crowd up. A comedic fluffer of epic proportions bringing, not just laughing, but painful guffawing to the energised crowd. The perfect opener to an awesome show.

Chris Martin - No, not that one. The first act of the evening, also an act I saw last night, who rolled out new material and had the whole audience in stitches, whether it was with his comedy, or because everyone had fallen into a dishwasher onto some knives laying with the sharp edges up, I"m not sure.

Craig Campbell owned the stage with his brilliant presence, even when the lights went out. The crowd loved him, I loved him, and his vegetable fandom. Make sure you see his show this festival.

Brendon Burns took his rightful place on stage, in a suit, educating us all on the intricacies of his barbecuing skills, and where he would draw the line and walk away from his six-burner and the bell-peppers. For more information, be sure to see his solo show, or see him hosting the first week of Late and Live shows at The Classic.

Bill Dawes took me by surprise. This borderline schizophrenic performance left me wondering about what's in my protein shake, and introduced me to the goings-on inside a Gym (something which even viewers from a distance can tell I'm not familiar with). With tears of laughter pouring down my face I could see many others in the same predicament I found myself in: Wondering to myself "should I keep laughing until I pass out, or can I stop listening just long enough to breathe?"

´╗┐Milton Jones - the UK's best one-liner comic performed brilliant old-and-new material to keep the audience off guard. With more word play than a mills and boon novel, he just keeps knocking it out of the park.

Dead Cat Bounce - with over a million combined hits on YouTube for their song Rugby (a song which I argue should have been TV3's song for the World Cup last year) this was certainly the act I was looking forward to the most, and I wasn't disappointed. With pants so tight there wasn't much left to the imagination, and I can still picture the glittering gold as I write this blog, two hours later.