Johnny Givins - Theatreview.org.nz'They were all funny. I like comedy which touches me, forces me to see the absurdity in my life and enjoy the stories from the performers' real experiences through their unique prism... 'open/close
Q Theatre was a buzz last night with the Comedy Festival performances. There were 10 different shows in three different venues from 7pm to 11.30pm. The place was packed with eager punters and illustrated the development of this Festival over the last few years. Comedy is popular!!! And NZ comedians are up there with the best in the world.
The Creeping Charlie Showcase is an excellent opportunity to see the professional Kiwi comedians doing their stuff. Each was different, original and skilled. They were all funny. I like comedy which touches me, forces me to see the absurdity in my life and enjoy the stories from the performers' real experiences through their unique prism. Last night I got elements of each one and had a good laugh.
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Stacey Hunt - Yahoo Entertainment'ringing some of the biggest names in New Zealand comedy together for one night was bound to be a recipe for success and The Creeping Charlie Showcase didn’t fail to deliver...'open/close
Bringing some of the biggest names in New Zealand comedy together for one night was bound to be a recipe for success and The Creeping Charlie Showcase didn’t fail to deliver.
Featuring Wilson Dixon, Urzila Carlson, Ewen Gilmour, Rhys Mathewson, Nick Rado, Jesse Griffin and Simon McKinney, the near three-hour show had something for everyone.
The host of the evening, Urzila Carlson, set the bar high. With her straight-up attitude she has a kind of in-your-face presence on stage, but it's one that the audience laps up. Her jokes covered a wide range of topics, from life as a lesbian to a comparison of South Africa and New Zealand’s police force. She was by far the highlight of the night for me and I would say her solo show would be well worth seeing.
Following Carlson was Ewen Gilmour. Well known to Kiwi audiences having been on the comedy scene for over 20 years now, Gilmour can still get the laughter flowing. Embracing his age and his new glasses, he was highly entertaining.
The sharply dressed Nick Rado was interesting. He got off to a slightly hesitant start but after launching into his tales of online dating he found his groove. Particularly entertaining is his tale of taking a yoga class.
Jesse Griffin personally wasn’t my cup of tea but he did get a lot of laughs from the audience so evidentially others felt differently. He took some heckling from the crowd well and I have to admit his stationery-related jokes were so terrible they were good.
Impressionist extraordinaire Simon McKinney was a hit. His impressions are incredible, and as a Kiwi who's lived in London, I found his skit of our accents overseas particularly funny. He also has the ability to leave a joke hanging, drawing out the laughter from the audience.
The youngest of the company, Rhys Mathewson, holds his own against the other more experienced guys. His self-deprecating humour is charming - his interaction with the crowd often drew more laughs than his planned routine.
Last up for the night was ‘country music legend’ Wilson Dixon. While I may not have been a fan of Jesse Griffin, I did enjoy Dixon’s dry humour. His song about what people really mean when they say certain things was a highlight.
Overall it was an entertaining night, full of ups and downs which I guess is the nature of stand up. Carlson was definitely the glue that held it all together and was the type of host I’d love to see at any event.