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Clayton Carrick-Leslie

Write About What You Know



Sometimes we don’t have to look too far from our own day-to-day lives to find comedy. Sometimes life is funnier than fiction. Write about what you know.

As seen on TV3’s 7 Days & AotearoHA, and TVNZ’s Comedy Jam and A Night At The Classic, emerging kiwi comedy all-star Clayton Carrick- Leslie brings a charming all-new show to the Fest for 2012.

“A lyrical deftness which belies a smart intellect” TVNZ


Showing In:

Auckland Wellington


Wed 16 May - Sat 19 May, 10pm


Loft at Q, Auckland


Adults $20.00
Conc. $15.00
Groups 6+ $15.00* service fees may apply


09 309 9771

Show Duration:

1 hour

Critics Review

Miranda Lee, Comedy Festival VIP Blogger'I experienced something which can only be described as unexpected satisfaction. I was impressed. 'open/close
I don't know about you, but in this day and age I find it quite hard to be surprised, or really impressed. Granted, the Tupac hologram was up there this year, but it doesn't happen often, even to me who is still relatively young.

Which is why when I went along to a Wednesday night late show for Clayton Carrick-Leslie's opening night, I experienced something which can only be described as unexpected satisfaction. I was impressed.

Carrick-Leslie's show is based on talking about 'what he knows,' and he knows a lot about his many subjects ranging from restaurant food, pop music and internet dating. What the audience doesn't know, however, as they sit patiently waiting for the show to begin, how hilariously deft his observations are, and soon hearty laughs are filling the room, and don't stop until the very end. The show is well-constructed and linked throughout, while still covering a random selection of anything-but-mundane everyday activities.

There's a common stereotype out there that comedians are crass, particularly the lesser known ones, and like all good stereotypes they've usually arisen from repetitive exposure to 'the type.' Carrick-Leslie is the opposite of the classic lout. He's well-spoken, wearing a tailored suit (from Crane Brothers, he notes), and belies any memory of the loud foolish comedian. There are glimpses of vulgarity (which I quite enjoy but don't tell anyone), but on the whole his material is decent, which proves he is genuinely talented rather than just funny because he's rude or assails the punters daring to sit in the front row.

You won't forget a name like Clayton Carrick-Leslie any time soon, nor should you. He'll only get better. One to watch.

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