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The Axis Of Awesome

The Axis Of Awesome World Tour 2006

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They’ve got over 40 million hits on YouTube, have sold-out seasons around the world (USA, UK, Australia, Sweden, Germany and more) and have made countless TV appearances globally. Australia’s kings of musical comedy, The Axis of Awesome, are coming to NZ for the first time ever. An hour of their greatest hits and brand new material.

***** “Fringe Legends!” ThreeWeeks, Edinburgh Festival

***** "Truly awesomely funny" Adelaide Advertiser

***** “Brilliantly witty – the laughs come thick and fast” British Theatre Guide

Time Out Sydney Comedy Festival Best Show 2010/2011

Time Out Sydney Comedy Festival Best Australian Talent 2010

www.axisofawesome.net

 

Showing In:

Auckland

Dates:

Sat 28 April, Mon 30 April, Tue 1 - Sat 5 May, 7pm

Venues:

Comedy Chamber, Auckland

Tickets:

Adults $35.00
Conc. $32.00
Groups 8+ $32.00* service fees may apply

Bookings:

0800 BUY TICKETS
0800 289 842

Show Duration:

1 hour
 

Critics Review

Concreteplayground.co.nz'They call themselves "the world's most awesomemest" comedy rock band and yes it's true'open/close
They call themselves "the world's most awesomemest" comedy rock band and yes it's true The Axis of Awesome did pack out the caberet-style round table seating of Auckland Town Hall's Concert Chamber with punters keen to experience the high energy Australian band first hand.

Vocalist Jordan Raskopoulos is quick to establish himself as the band's lead. In the first song Jordan rides a fire-breathing dragon while Benny Davis on keyboard and vocals is told he has to ride a chicken. Benny cops a whole lot of flak for his small statue from Benny and the slightly dim-witted third band member, Lee Naimo. Lee plays guitar and does a great impression of a rapper with a low down deep voice.

Several of the band's songs make fun of the unoriginality of commerical music; This is how you write a love song is hilarious as is their huge youtube hit Four Chords, which illustrates how so many popular songs essentially sound the same. A few of their songs are a bit hit and miss though. Song for the Elderly in which a senile old man ends up living in Jordan's house is more sad than funny.

They save the best till last with Can you hear the fucking music coming out of my car? There's something hugely therapeutic about watching these "boys" jump up and down on stage mocking boyracers and their ridiculously loud stereos. "It's Friday night, it's party night..bitches in the front seat, crumping, humping" - these lines could come straight out a generic hip hop song but then Lee goes, "all you other MCs, you ain't got nothing, my rhymes so tight yeah, something something."

When these guys get it right their songs which parody youth culture are tightly orchestrated and hugely witty. The banter they have with each other, unfortunately, is just as scripted. I would've liked to have seen a bit more improv and audience interaction from the band which boasts two National Theatre Sports Champs. Overall though, an entertaining show; very tongue in cheek, clever and dynamic.

Gordon Armstrong, whereilive.com.au'No wonder the Axis has been a hit worldwide hit. May they keep spinning in the right direction.'open/close
WHEN the dust settles on the Adelaide Fringe for 2011 chances are the Axis of Awesome will feature highly among the most entertaining shows to visit town.

Group members Jordan, Lee and Benny, formerly Sydney Uni students, perform some hilarious take offs of classic songs such as the Eagles’ Hotel California and many of their own original works with inspiring lines such as ‘I’m not trying to touch your arse, I’m just trying to put my seat belt on.’

Jordan Raskopoulos, looking so much like actor/muso Jack Black, is hilarious in his observations on life and his put down lines to Lee Naimo, with a deep voice and classically-trained muso Benny Davis, who cops all the short jokes with aplomb, is comedic timing at its best.

While the classic songs are parodied to a tee the group’s work with a couple of rap songs, including an irreverent look at KFC, cracked up the audience. No wonder the Axis has been a hit worldwide hit. May they keep spinning in the right direction.

Five stars (out of five)
Lydia Jenkin'"The energetic trio deliver the awesomeness with a set that combines a general theme of making fun of pop music with argumentative banter."'open/close
Australian "man-band" Axis of Awesome set expectations high with their confident moniker, and the energetic trio deliver the awesomeness with a set that combines a general theme of making fun of pop music with argumentative banter.

The banter often involves picking on short, glasses-wearing, piano-playing Benny Davis - love child of Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter, or the small child from Jerry Maguire, as Jack Black-esque lead singer Jordan Raskopoulos and dopey guitarist Lee Naimo like to describe him.

They kick off by telling the audience that normally there's fireworks, and glitter, and animatronic dinosaurs, and Madonna in a cage, but unfortunately everything was confiscated by Customs, so we'll just have to imagine.

But we don't need to, really, because the trio's musical and comedic talents provide plenty of entertainment, even if things start a little slowly with an introductory song in which we can't hear a number of the funny lyrics because the music is up too loud.

They whip through a multitude of funny covers and originals, including a love song in German, a mockery of songs with "hard-to-distinguish lyrics", and an ode to boy racers who turn their godawful house music up far too loud.

Their genius Four Chord Song pop medley caps off the show, showcasing their impressive vocal and musical abilities. It does seem that every pop song written uses the same four chords.

But this isn't just a musical show. The banter between songs is clever and relevant and hooks nicely into our relaxed antipodean humour.

They don't have a hit HBO TV show yet, but this Australian trio are an impressive addition to the world of musical comedy.

Axis of Awesome are at the Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber until Saturday.
Lydia Jenkin, NZ Herald'But this isn't just a musical show. The banter between songs is clever and relevant and hooks nicely into our relaxed antipodean humour. 'open/close
Australian "man-band" Axis of Awesome set expectations high with their confident moniker, and the energetic trio deliver the awesomeness with a set that combines a general theme of making fun of pop music with argumentative banter.

The banter often involves picking on short, glasses-wearing, piano-playing Benny Davis - love child of Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter, or the small child from Jerry Maguire, as Jack Black-esque lead singer Jordan Raskopoulos and dopey guitarist Lee Naimo like to describe him.

They kick off by telling the audience that normally there's fireworks, and glitter, and animatronic dinosaurs, and Madonna in a cage, but unfortunately everything was confiscated by Customs, so we'll just have to imagine.

But we don't need to, really, because the trio's musical and comedic talents provide plenty of entertainment, even if things start a little slowly with an introductory song in which we can't hear a number of the funny lyrics because the music is up too loud.

They whip through a multitude of funny covers and originals, including a love song in German, a mockery of songs with "hard-to-distinguish lyrics", and an ode to boy racers who turn their godawful house music up far too loud.

Their genius Four Chord Song pop medley caps off the show, showcasing their impressive vocal and musical abilities. It does seem that every pop song written uses the same four chords.

But this isn't just a musical show. The banter between songs is clever and relevant and hooks nicely into our relaxed antipodean humour.

They don't have a hit HBO TV show yet, but this Australian trio are an impressive addition to the world of musical comedy.

Axis of Awesome are at the Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber until Saturday.
Shannon Deery, Herald Sun'Stars: ★★★★ It takes a bit of ego to throw the word “awesome” in the name of your act - but when you’ve got it flaunt it.'open/close
Stars: ★★★★

It takes a bit of ego to throw the word “awesome” in the name of your act - but when you’ve got it flaunt it.

And that’s exactly what this trio of song parody perfectionists do from the minute they hit the stage.
And hilarity ensues.

Comedy fest veterans Jordan Raskopoulos, Lee Naimo and Benny Davis might seem to be two trick ponies: they either take a song and play with the words, or take a mundane idea and put it to music.

But from the minute the Jack Black-esque frontman Raskopoulos struts onto the stage with his 1970s inspired swagger he reminds us that these guys are so much more.

There is a reason these guys sell out, one of them surely their 4-Chord smash that is surely behind much of their 40 million YouTube hits.
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Clearly the crowd favourite, it’s a reminder of just how insanely talented, insanely funny and insanely original these guys are.

Put it together and you walk away thinking they may just be masters of musical comedy.

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Chris Shortt
Very, very funny. Check out http://mightsoundabsurd.blogspot.co.nz/2012/04/axis-of-awesome.html for my review!