Another day, another smashing comedy show. Last night’s Next Big Things at Q’s Rangatira was a veritable feast of comedy’s new and emerging talent. Ben Hurley hosted, warming the crowd up like the pro he is, and encouraging the audience to be supportive of these relative newbies. The Comedy Festival just gets better with every passing year, and it’s great to see that there’s plenty of room on the schedule for the younger, less-exposed comedians out there, as well as the bigger names.
Most of Next Big Things’s comedians do have their own (very reasonably priced) shows in the festival, so coming to a night like this is a brilliant way to sample each act before deciding who to hone in on. Clearly among this lot are the future Urzila Carlsons and Rhys Darbys of NZ comedy. One who is definitely on his way is Steven Boyce, a core member of the Fanfiction Comedy crew who is obviously very comfortable having the stage to himself too. Newcomer Sanjay Patel was another favourite with the crowd with his deadpan delivery and offbeat material, while Becky Crouch’s ‘Walking Dead’ tribute song went down a treat.
Another musical interlude was provided by true-blue Kiwi and talented musician, Sam Smith (a writer for Jono and Ben at Ten), whose upcoming show ‘Augmented Fourth’ looks very intriguing indeed. Louise Beuvink’s tales of online dating woes were another crowd-pleaser, and Hamiltonian Paul Douglas won us over with his bloke-ish charm and naked-drive-thru stories. The zesty and cheeky James Roque was an especial treat with his impressions of various rappers’ signature sounds. Keep an eye out for this chap in future, I like his chances.
Next Monday night it’s Wellington’s turn to get a dose of its local up-and-coming comedic offerings, and if Auckland was anything to go by, it’s one not to be missed.
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