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Notorious* & Alyce Stampa Proudly Present 

Irene Pink & Justine Smith

The Pitch


Irene & Jussi combine their forces again after 2011’s spectacular I’m Sorry I Said That.

Inspired to bring their big comedy to the small screen, Irene & Jussi have decided to pitch their ideas straight to you, the audience. A multimedia, musical sketch show combining two of New Zealand’s best comic talents. The Pitch could just be the next big thing.

“If you can only see one thing in this festival see [I’m Sorry I said That]”


Showing In:

Auckland Wellington


Tue 1 - Sat 5 May, 8pm


BATS Theatre, Wellington


Adults $20.00
Conc. $14.00
Groups 10+ $14.00* service fees may apply


04 802 4175

Show Duration:

1 hour

Critics Review

Karen Melchior - Theatreview'"The Pitch is a great night out; I can't wait for the TV series!"'open/close
The show begins with Irene Pink and Justine Smith standing spot lit, centre stage muttering indistinctly to each other and occasionally readjusting necklines for what seems like several minutes, before the voice of the TV executive announces he's ready to see their pitch. The fact that the audience is already laughing before they even say a word, I take as a sign of good things to come, and I'm not disappointed.

Oozing self-confidence, if somewhat misplaced, they launch into pitching a selection of all the most send-up-able TV styles you could wish for. These include a period spoof, the double entendre eagerly pointed out by Justine, who seems to have a penchant for women's bits; a cop show, where Justine's cop persona, Sunshine, spends most of her time doing unmentionable things with a truncheon; a Spitting Image meets The Muppets current events show, about as hard-hitting as a sanitary pad (sorry it's catching), starring Miss Piggy-inspired puppet versions of themselves. Guess who they want to write them a song!

My highlights are the Get Up morning show, a large part of which consists of giving emailers advice they “are completely unqualified to give”, and I'm so dying to find out how to make a Christmas tree out of … [spoiler averted]! Also, the hysterical take off of The Amazing Race reality show, which has a distinct Ab Fab feel.

The Pitch is billed as a "multimedia, musical sketch show", and the on screen component works well when combined with live back-up to flesh out the comedy, however I feel the screen show becomes a little laboured towards the end. Despite that, the show is a hoot.

Justine and Irene have a great rapport and relaxed style, which allows their obviously well honed stand-up personas to frequently creep into the sketch. They are unmarried, childless and proud of it, with Justine's distaste at the idea of having children creating some fabulous comedy fodder.

The Pitch is a great night out; I can't wait for the TV series!

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Do yourself and your friends a favour, get to this show! You have to meet Bronwyn and Ronwyn, The Bar Queens, Puppet Rennie and Puppet Jazzy. NZ On Air ... funding for Raisins and Sunshine please!
Taimi Allan
Adored the Pitch, Irene and Justine have a natural repartee that makes you feel like you are eavesdropping on a private conversation. Each of their TV Pitch ideas would liven up TVNZ programming, with my favorite by far being their Art-House pitch which had me literally in hysterics. A Must see!
Saw these guys last year and gotta say it was the highlight of the festival. Cant wait to see whet they'll "pitch" at us this year .