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Anil Desai's Night At The Movies

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The UK’s hottest impressionist Anil Desai returns to NZ with a brand new show. Featuring a host of Hollywood stars, live movie trailers, slick stand-up and hilarious stories, this feel good show promises to delight Kiwi audiences all over again.

“It’s not just clever, but utterly hilarious…one to watch”

Edinburgh Evening News

“Uniquely entertaining…consistently funny and memorable”

* * * * Three Weeks

 

Showing In:

Auckland Wellington

Dates:

Tue 8 - Sat 12 May, 7:15pm

Venues:

Loft at Q, Auckland

Tickets:

Adults $25.00
Conc. $19.50* service fees may apply

Bookings:

09 309 9771

Show Duration:

1 hour
 

Critics Review

Darren Bevan - TVNZ.co.nz'"Anil's show is a great night of entertainment - if you're even the most casual of movie watchers, you'll love it. And if you're not, you'll still love it thanks to his combination of winning personality, great stage presence and easy going charm."'open/close
Well, of all the comedy shows, one with a movie title was always going to be the one I went to see - you know, after all the films I've seen over the years.

Anil Desai is a UK impressionist whose career went global thanks to his spot on impersonations of movie stars.

So for opening night, let's just say a power cut at the venue, pouring rain and a crowd which seemed to want to derail him may not have been what he had in mind.

But thanks to boundless energy and enthusiasm, a lack of willingness to let anything get in the way, Anil emerged a nervy winner due to a combination of crowd banter, some mightily clever takes on some movie faves.

Anil reckons he's seen about 1000 movies over the past 3 decades and is as informed as anyone to be able to talk about movie etiquette, movie sex, why he fell in love (with the films, not the person proffering the sex) and relationships - because of what he's learnt on the silver screen.

And he's right.

But his biggest problem on the night is dealing with the reticent audience - after pleading with the audience at the start to get involved and ditch the usual reluctance, he finds it hard to attract volunteers to the stage - which is baffling because he's an affable guy, the show's a fun one and there's no reason to fear this guy with the microphone - he's a consummate pro, a great entertainer and a good night out.

It's a shame because it leads to some very funny moments - including live re-enactments of various film studio logos.
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His Al Pacino / Jeff Goldblum / De Niro take on dealing with a relationship is effortlessly done as he switches from one persona to the next, leaving the crowd in spasms of contorted laughter as he nails each one's tics and vocal skills to perfection.

The highlight of the show - despite one guy's attempts to derail him - is a deck of cards which has movie names on; he chooses (after some co-ercing) to give those to a member of the audience and asks them to be shuffled and read out before launching into a string of impressions and details of how to do these characters. The list is enormous - and every single one of them is dead on.

But Tuesday in Auckland is a fickle night - and thanks to that audience member choosing to read out only his favourites, Anil's time to shine is sabotaged. However, it's a testament to how likeable Anil is that the crowd's on his side and the dick is fired from the volunteer job.

Anil's show is a great night of entertainment - if you're even the most casual of movie watchers, you'll love it. And if you're not, you'll still love it thanks to his combination of winning personality, great stage presence and easy going charm.
Ida Chionh, heraldsun.com.au'His impersonations of movie stars are spot on, from Homer Simpson to Charlie Sheen to Jeff Goldblum...'open/close
A movie buff who has turned his passion into a career, Anil Desai started in the BBC comedy Goodness Gracious Me.

His impersonations of movie stars are spot on, from Homer Simpson to Charlie Sheen to Jeff Goldblum, who he is supposed to resemble, albeit in a ``smaller'' way.

Anecdotes of how he fell in love with the movies - such as ``Have you seen The Silence of the Lambs? In India it's known as The Silence of the Cows'' - spice up the performance.

His impressions of Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible, Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean and an expressionless Keanu Reaves are impeccable.

The way he segues effortlessly from Robert de Niro to Al Pacino to Jeff Goldblum has to be seen to be believed.

Highly entertaining stuff from an acomplished performer.

Stars: ★★★★½
Keeping Up With The Grid'Anil’s hours of movie watching have paid off, as only a true fan could create such brilliant impersonations and even dissect them simply so that you can have a go too. 'open/close
I had been looking forward to Anil Desai’s Night At The Movies ever since I first saw the NZ International Comedy Festival programme.

I am a huge movie fan and a huge live comedy fan so the idea of combining them both seemed genius to me.

Anil’s hour show is great for a movie fan as you will not only recognise the actors he impersonates but the classic movie lines he quotes too.

Anil’s love of cinema began at the age of six and has culminated in his adult life into this amazing talent of impersonating some of our favourite movie stars.
His impersonations are spot on, add to that the ability to switch seamlessly between them within anecdotal stand-up and you get this unique and entertaining show.

I loved his movie trailers which starred three of the heavy hitters of cinema; Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Keanu Reeves, all expertly imitated and caricatured.

The audience can get involved too, which was to the particular joy of one young man in the crowd who couldn’t wait to jump on stage with Anil, having seen his show at last year’s festival.

Anil banters with the audience a few times during the show but talks of his ineptitude at dealing with hecklers, so it is in his impersonations where he truly shines.

One of the highlights had to be when Al Pacino and Robert De Niro both get involved in Anil’s personal life, along with a shorter Jeff Goldblum of course!

You will be surprised at how many perfect impersonations Anil can portray and indeed how many famous voices you instantly recognise.

Anil’s hours of movie watching have paid off, as only a true fan could create such brilliant impersonations and even dissect them simply so that you can have a go too.
Anil really loves what he does. His talent, abilities and comedic instincts have made him a deserving international success.

You can see Anil Desai’s Night At The Movies until 12 May at The Loft at Q, Auckland as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival.
Miranda Lee, Comedy Festival VIP Blogger'Anil Desai's A Night at the Movies is an entertaining treat.'open/close
Anil Desai's A Night at the Movies is an entertaining treat. Whether you're a dedicated cinephile, or more a once-a-year-Michael-Bay-blockbuster-type, there's something that delights about Desai's show. Desai is a congenial guy, someone who might be your friend at the office or one of the few people you wouldn't avoid in the street if you saw him heading your way. He's obviously intelligent, and doesn't try to fancy up his show with world views or be something that he's not. Impressions are his mainstay, and thanks to a certain YouTube clip that propelled him to international acclaim, he tells us, he's able to do what he loves and travel the world. And it's easy to see why. Desai covers everything from live movie trailers to sex in the cinema, but it's when he gets into the impressions that he really hits his stride. Once you're in the room with Al Pacino, Johnny Depp and Eddie Murphy, you just want it to keep going.

Between the banter and the underlying feeling that we were all rooting for him, a weird thing also happened; I felt like I wanted to actually open my mouth and for sound to come out when he asked the audience a question. I actually wanted to engage with him, and I wasn’t even deterred by the fact that I was sitting in the front row, directly in front of the microphone stand. We were also given the opportunity to do our own impression of Robert De Niro, with tips from Desai. I don't know if any of you have ever had cramp in your face, but it's not pretty. And it just goes to show how talented you need to be to do it well.

I know you are sick of hanging out with the cretins who frequent Event Cinemas and the like, so treat yourself to A Night at the Movies with a twist. Go for the Jeff Goldblum impression alone; it’s worth it.
Tim Richards, The Age'3.5 Stars - In an hour, Desai also banters entertainingly with the audience about his childhood movie-going and the lack of ethnic diversity in science fiction, but it's his impressions that really shine.'open/close
3.5 Stars - When British comedian Anil Desai impersonates Jeff Goldblum he matches everything, including a top-notch imitation of the actor's voice. He then switches with ease between Goldblum, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

In an hour, Desai also banters entertainingly with the audience about his childhood movie-going and the lack of ethnic diversity in science fiction, but it's his impressions that really shine.



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Keeping up with the Grid - Ingrid Grenar
I had been looking forward to Anil Desai’s Night At The Movies ever since I first saw the NZ International Comedy Festival programme.

I am a huge movie fan and a huge live comedy fan so the idea of combining them both seemed genius to me.

Anil’s hour show is great for a movie fan as you will not only recognise the actors he impersonates but the classic movie lines he quotes too.

Anil’s love of cinema began at the age of six and has culminated in his adult life into this amazing talent of impersonating some of our favourite movie stars.


His impersonations are spot on, add to that the ability to switch seamlessly between them within anecdotal stand-up and you get this unique and entertaining show.

I loved his movie trailers which starred three of the heavy hitters of cinema; Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Keanu Reeves, all expertly imitated and caricatured.

The audience can get involved too, which was to the particular joy of one young man in the crowd who couldn’t wait to jump on stage with Anil, having seen his show at last year’s festival.

Anil banters with the audience a few times during the show but talks of his ineptitude at dealing with hecklers, so it is in his impersonations where he truly shines.

One of the highlights had to be when Al Pacino and Robert De Niro both get involved in Anil’s personal life, along with a shorter Jeff Goldblum of course!

You will be surprised at how many perfect impersonations Anil can portray and indeed how many famous voices you instantly recognise.

Anil’s hours of movie watching have paid off, as only a true fan could create such brilliant impersonations and even dissect them simply so that you can have a go too.

Anil really loves what he does. His talent, abilities and comedic instincts have made him a deserving international success.


James Iversen
This guy is bloody funny and very clever with his impersonations. He does so many and they are all so good. Inparticular his Robert De niro. A very good hr of laughs.
Will provbaly go again and see his show.....