Darren Bevan - TVNZ.co.nz'"The ever acidic and permanently insightful Mr Elwood returns with a new target in his sights for his comedy show - the end of the world aka December 21, 2012. And what a show Timebomb is."'open/close
This show really should be called "Jeremy Elwood talks a lot of sense".
The ever acidic and permanently insightful Mr Elwood returns with a new target in his sights for his comedy show - the end of the world aka December 21, 2012.
And what a show Timebomb is.
Jeremy's always been the comic that makes a lot of salient points; the kind of person you'd probably be happy to lose an argument to because the debate was so, so good.
His new show takes a look back at the past 12 months - both globally and nationally - and forward to what future we have if the Mayans are to be believed.
But, along the way, he aims at pretty much everything and everyone and hits his targets time and time again.
Thoroughly researched sounds like the kind of praise you heap on an academic, but for Jeremy it's fully deserved - he's a scholarly comic who's erudite, intelligent and politically aware - and also someone who's going to look at life with a slightly cocked eye wondering what the heck is truly going on.
Occasionally skirting the boundaries between fine line and offensive, Jeremy gets away with it thanks to a relaxed attitude, calming presence and general nice guy feel to it all; sure, he takes aim at apathetic voters, tells us why he hates the phrase "Heartland New Zealand", why we need a gay All Black - all within the confines of the show.
He's got a great way with language, a smart touch for the clever (telling us all at one point that his show's "not offensive but deals with the concept of truth") and has a way of cocking a snook at the world around us. He's a rare beast; a comic who knows what he wants to say and how to say it without alienating everyone around him - the kind of guy you can have a good solid debate with but will still buy you a beer rather than dismiss you.
Above all though, in a tightly put together set, Jeremy really does knock it out of the park; this sardonic, sly, masterfully funny and smartly witty bloke is on fire on the stage and really, you have to make sure you see him while you can - because your mind will be as active throughout this show as your laughter is.
Without a shadow of a doubt, highly recommended for 2012.
Well, you know, before it ends on December 21st....