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Rose Matafeo | Sassy Best Friend

What could possibly be better than snuggling up on a couch watching NRL on a showery Friday night in Auckland you ask?

How about a quick trip into the city centre to a little place called the Basement Theatre, to watch a quick witted, intelligent and beautiful woman named Rose Matafeo tear up the stage in her latest show “Sassy Best Friend”. Not only that but on arrival to be served BEST FOODS MAYO SLIDERS … FOR FREE … ALL NIGHT! What even is this heaven!?!

The NZ International Comedy Festival is back for another year serving us some belly aching laughter as per usual. This year I was lucky enough to head down to watch Rose Matafeo serving some sass and man was it worth every minute! Not only did I get a feed pre entry thanks to the festival sponsors BEST FOODS MAYO! But I also got a hell of a lot of funny, in the form of a single brown female, an ipad with some pretty awesome tunes, some mills and boon type books, a microphone, a guy named Conrad who works in design and perfectly timed comedy.

Rose who has moved to live in London has come back home and upon return is showing us just why she is one of our favourite NZ Comedians. Walking into the theatre itself we were greeted by her and then had the privilege of watching her dance and do yoga poses as a warm up! Her taste in music would get a 10 from me! Who could be mad at Bruno Mars was serving us bars telling us what he likes as we waited for 7pm to roll around.

Rose brings to the table a delicious bite sized (1hr’ish) show that sheds light on what it is to be the “Sassy Best Friend (SBF)”. You know, the one in movies, not the lead female, but her best friend, the one always there doing the most to prop the other one up! Her sass knows no limits delivering almost faultless one liners about everything from why her curly hair makes her a shining example of the SBF (which includes an excellent remix of the Rihanna tune “Work”), anecdotes from her childhood reminiscing about a wonderful teen period (one of my favourite LOL moments), to the struggles us Hip Hop loving feminists have (yes I would still give her a 10 for her choice in music here too). Her presence in a small intimate environment like the Basement Theatre is so loud and commanding but at the same time there is a hilarious, almost awkward shyness about her that makes her so damn loveable (just ask Conrad)!

Her little quips about her time spent in London gave me some of the heartiest laughs I have had in a long time, these coupled with her tales of her time spent at Auckland Girls Grammar School  in the drama department had me in tears and upon looking around I sure as hell wasn’t the only one. Rose has the ability to make the most awkward poses on stage seem so natural, or perhaps it’s the other way around! Regardless her stage presence, props, persona, jokes and outfit (including the very distressed wife of Martin) made for a hugely enjoyable night. She is one of the best comedians we have round these parts and not only that but she is half Samoan! Can I get a YASSSSSS one time for our Pacific Sister!

If you enjoy quick humour and a bit of self deprecation (in classic Kiwi style) then this show is for you. Make sure you get down and support a sister! Do it for your happy feels! Get some endorphins flowing fam!

Rose Matafeo – NZ International Comedy Festival 2017

Sassy best friend (sas-ee best frend)

  1. A sidekick to the main character in a romantic comedy;
  2. not conventionally attractive, quirky, hard to love;
  3. sometimes not white, often gay.

Rose returns home with a show inspired by her favourite film heroes and her terrible taste in movies. Sassy Best Friend is about friendship, finding yourself and giving up on your dreams.

Rose is performing at the Basement Theatre over the next week you can BUY TICKETS HERE! 

 

Sieni Leo’o Olo | Incarcerated Outcast Review

Do you know what’s always a great way to keep an audience engaged? Harass and insult them. Or at least that’s how proud South Aucklander,  Sieni Leo’o Olo a.k.a Bubbahblacksheep The Ice Princess, likes to conduct her shows. She interacted a lot with the audience, staring directly into the windows of our souls (especially Mata) and it was a bit disconcerting at first, but it was also kind of funny, y’know?

I guess this is what we get for sitting in the front.

Awkward eye contact.

You chose brilliant seats, Mata. Thanks a buttload.

Okay, so maybe she didn’t harass us from the start (or at all, really. She only called us ugly once or twice, and that comment was made halfway through her act, anyway) but her nerves were evident in those first few minutes. As she continued earning laughs from the crowd, she seemed to settle into her zone with newfound confidence.

Once in her zone, Sieni gained many LOL’s with relatable family stories, mutual disdain for things like interviews and children (VERY MUTUAL, especially in the case of children), and horrifying fantasies.

INSIDE JOKE- those first few statements I made were the bread for the shit sandwich I’m about to make. Ha, kidding.

She delivered good jokes, executing them very well, but things aren’t always perfect, and even with Sieni being a Queen on a remote island, there were a few hit and misses with some of her material.

But not a lot.

The material that didn’t necessarily sit with me were jokes that felt very forced, and not completely thought out in my own personal opinion. She had a lot to say, but some of it felt so rushed and then in other cases they seemed to drag on for so long- but I’m not saying that it wasn’t funny, just maybe not as funny as other parts of her show.

Then again, it’s incredibly difficult to remain blank when faced with undeniably accurate reenactments of types people we all know (and wish we didn’t), hilarious skits and that self-deprecating humor I’ve always loved.

I’d also like to say that Sieni has got to have some of the big balls, particularly with her mother sitting in the crowd when she told us about her stand on relationships, sex and drugs. I don’t think I’d ever be able to say half the stuff Sieni said on stage to my mother’s face But this is mostly because I probably wouldn’t live to finish the first sentence.

Any islander that’s able to discuss sex to their mother’s face is either brave or stupid- but maybe Sieni just forgot her mother was in the audience? Ha skeeeee.

On a side note, I feel the need to mention that even though the recommended age is 13+, some of the jokes might be a bit much for a 13 year old, even if I know that 13 year olds are probably the grossest little shits out there.

Olo has great energy, a “vibrant” personality that connects well with the audience and has a refreshing approach with her very flattering facial expressions, on-point voice impersonations and characters. Her constant movement on stage was funny too, making us laugh with little actions.

I’m expecting a lot from Sieni, she’s a delight to watch and she’s honestly just super cute because you can tell that she’s genuinely happy to be up on that stage, making people laugh with her insane anecdotes. I strongly recommend checking her out, and keeping a keen eye out on her, because she’ll only get better. The few cases where she let her nerves get the best of her will only lessen, and she will be a force to be reckoned with.

This is totally unrelated to her show, but she said I have nice hair and I almost cried. No one ever compliments my hair.

I loved your hair too, Xzibit. *inserts heart eye emoji* *winky face emoji* *kissy emoji*

Mata’s thoughts throughout the show- edited for clarity and brevity:

  • I actually looked around until I remembered my mum’s not in the country right now- then I realised that almost all Samoan mums sound the same when shouting someone’s name angrily.
  • Sieni hates a lot of things, and she’s a lot more up upfront about it than a lot of us could ever be.
  • A lot of her jokes hit the mark, a couple tend to overstay their welcome- but it’s okay because it’s funny.
  • So I’m holding an imaginary scooter and I don’t know what to… okay I’m just going to set it down now.
  • Go to her two remaining shows! Shit’s funny and every so often uncomfortable but what’s a little humour without the discomfort?

INCARCERATED OUTCAST

WHEN: Wed 4 to Sat 7 May
WHERE: Cellar at Q Theatre
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TICKET PRICES:

Full Price $18.50
Concession $15.00
Group 6+ $12.00

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Nick Cody | Come Get Some!

Nick Cody, often reference by his red beard, brings a great hour long show to Auckland. I hadn’t heard of him previously, and wasn’t too sure what kind of comic style he would bring, but as he opened the show with the notion of “you took a risk so thank you”, he kind of put me at ease, and by the end of the show I can tell you, don’t worry, as the so called “risk” is worth it. There were so many good, golden nuggets in his show which kept coming. He let us in on his life and the recent adventures overseas he had with his comedian lifestyle, along with everyday bits that we all have to deal with at some point.

I enjoyed his natural story telling, which allowed the laughs to come freely, and the odd punchlines. It just worked so well in a nice, intimate setting that is the Vault at Q Theatre. The setting definitely made you feel relaxed and cosy as he laid out the laughing moments for us, and there wasn’t that demand for your laughter as well, that you can get on the odd occasion from some comedians new to the [Auckland] scene. The jokes are relatable for any age group, but probably more specifically those in their 20s – 30s as there is elements to his material relating to dealing with growing up.

It was a great night out overall. Take a risk and check him out.

TICKET PRICES

Tuesday & Thursday $18.00
Friday & Saturday $20.00
Concession $18.00
Cheap Wednesday $16.00

Contains adult themes & occasional coarse language.

Matt Okine | Review

Matt Okine gets deep in his show for the Comedy Festival 2016. He tackles the big questions, like how did the sensational flavour of salted caramel originate and populate our planet? Why are there so many f**kwits in the world? And other complex issues like racism, sexism, exploitation of animals, and more…

Matt talked non-stop for an hour, weaving stories with anecdotal simplicity using in-jokes about lemons and side-stories about finding a five dollar note with poop on it.

His jokes, strategically placed as they were, kept coming. I appreciate a good story, and Matt was able to tell us intricate details of a day in the life of Matt Okine without missing a beat.

Admittedly, for the sake of a good story, there were some lulls in the lols. Matt gave us a look into his life and into his own way of thinking about the world, as sporadic and cynical as it might be, he indeed left the audience with a strange sense of inspiration.

So I walked out of there thinking, not only has the guy got comedic timing like a genius, I could also have an in-depth discussion with Matt over a drink or two and really nut out the world’s problems: perhaps we will find a way to produce a peppery-chocolate flavour treat, or find out whether his girlfriend is really cheating on him with a lemon.

In all honesty, it was a great laugh. It is amazing how you can give a man an hour with a room full of strangers, a wooden stool and a mic with a stand and a list full of mistakes he has made in his life, and BAM: Pure comedy.

Matt Okine

When: Sat 23, Tue 26 – Sat 30

Where: The Loft, Q Theatre

Get tickets: Ticketek

Ticket Prices: 

Tuesday & Wednesday $22.00
Thursday $25.00
Friday & Saturday $27.00

 

Nish Kumar | Back With A New Show Review

Nish Kumar’s (no relation to JawkwardLOL’s Jess Kumar) show at the Civic this Comedy Fest has enough polysyllabic words to make you feel like a real intellectual when you can keep up. Yeah, take that everyone who said my undergraduate English Lit and Political Studies double major arts degree would go to waste.

He’s well-researched, well-presented and despite a few outbursts rather polite. Sounds more like a guest lecturer than a comedian, but for real he’s pretty hilarious.

Don’t be alarmed, he may use big words but his jokes aren’t so overly complicated that you miss the punchline because you’re too busy trying to make sense of it.

Kumar takes some difficult topics, like ethnic divides, gentrification (Jess’s favourite topic/buzzword ever), existential crisis, and colonialism, and relays his thoughts on them in a witty way that doesn’t alienate his audience.

Even if he’s talking about how if a white British guy turned up in a country, everyone there who wasn’t white were screwed…to a room full of white people. He’s not confrontational, but he’s prone to political rants that walk a tightrope between hilarious and hard-hitting.

However at some point he forgets a primer for a closing joke that he deftly (questionable) manages to work back in in order to close the show with somewhat off on a high. Was it on purpose? We don’t know, maybe? But if it didn’t slow the momentum of his show down then sure, some might say it was an avant-garde way of anticipating and quelling a lull.

Random thoughts during the show:

  • Jess is definitely the drummer from Coldplay- that’s why she’s so money ballin’.
  • Must remember the name of the documentary – damn it something…forgotten. But seriously if you’re reading this and can remember the name of the documentary he talked about, please tell me.
  • Hmmm are hipsters a trend? More a fad, no? (Here’s that one postgrad class on popular culture kicking in.) Unless it has lasting effects on culture it isn’t a trend- it’s a fad. Kik, bebo and myspace? Fads. Social media? Trend- because it’s a fundamental change on how we communicate. But Hipsters well- crap I missed a joke, OR the name of that documentary- either way I lose- I gotta stop having boring internal monologues like this.
  • I was too drop sacks to whoop when he said long reads, but I get down to long reads. I’m all about that long-form journalism. It’s what I do for a living, after all.
  • Shit that was funny and pretty enlightening- everyone should get to one of his shows.

Nish2nd

BACK WITH A NEW SHOW

WHEN: Sat 23, Tue 26 to Sat 30 Apr, Tue 3 to Sat 7 May
WHERE: The Classic, Auckland
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TICKET PRICES:

Monday – Thursday $25.00
Friday & Saturday $30.00

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NZ Comedy Festival – The 5pm Project

Last night I was sitting in the second row of the Rangatira at Q, waiting to laugh myself to tears. I, however did not. But not in a bad way! (I shouldn’t have begun this review that way. The show was a chill- instead of clutching your stomach in laughter, you chuckled quietly amongst each other at the remarks made on the stage.

Rose Matafeo, the host for the night, kicked off the show with good energy. Her engagement with the audience, or rather the two REALLY loud old people in the back and Isaac (an 8 year old who seemed completely infatuated with her) was entertaining to say the least. The slightly awkward, kinda creepy, and quirky Rose kept the crowd laughing with light, often self-deprecating humor, whilst prepping everyone for the next act.

Rhys Matthewson was first up, he had a lot of opinions on “important” things- which more or less had me laughing- albeit not in complete agreement with him. Matt Stellingwerf followed, bringing with him a laid back type of style with well-timed jokes and pop-culture references mixed with self-deprecation that seemed to go over well with the audience.

Steven Boyce came on next, his intro kind of dragged on- Hey Boyce, hey hey hey hello hi hey hi hi hi hi hello hey. It wasted about half of his stage time even if he managed to pull a few laughs. However he also offended every brown person within hearing distance. Like bro, that’s actually rude. And not a Ha-Ha rude, just a RUDE.

Joseph Moore was actually a bit of a delight, he made some rather apt observations about hip-hop lyrics and some improvements on New Zealand music. I do believe this NZ Music Month- NZ artists should take Moore’s advice in order to spice up their tracks. Also, I have a new appreciation for NZ reality TV shows about coast-line cops and fishing restrictions.

The closing act, Guy Williams, strutted onto the stage with a “What up, Pussies?” Earning him a lot of laughs and some…fangirling? At least from the twelvies in front of us. Guy’s dead-panned humour was a hit with the crowd and while we found it amusing we have a ‘Life Hack’ tip for Guy: Life Hacks on stage, while earning him points for audience engagement, doesn’t work as well as Life Hacks on radio.

All in all it was a good way to spend an ‘early evening’. Would recommend each comedian separately.

Comedy Fest – JawkwardLOL Spotlight: Stephen K Amos, Flashdunce and Reginald D Hunter Shows

https://i0.wp.com/premier.ticketek.co.nz/dbimages/sfx40978.jpgSome more Comedy Fest news! As part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival in cahoots with Old Mout Cider, grab some friends, or don’t if you don’t have any, and join us for some LOLs from 24 April – 18 May. For the full Comedy Fest show line-up head on over to comedyfestival.co.nz but first, check out some of the excellent acts they’ve got for us below.

STEPHEN K AMOS
WHAT DOES THE K STAND FOR?

Fresh from Stephen K Amos’ new sitcom radio show for BBC4 (UK), What does the K stand for? revolves around his hilarious childhood stories. Expect big LOL moments with plenty of heart, irreverence and quirk in Auckland (25 & 26, 29 Apr – 3 May) and Wellington (4 May) as part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival.

STEPHEN K AMOS in WHAT DOES THE K STAND FOR?

AUCKLAND
Dates:                   Fri 25 & Sat 26 April, Tue 29 April – Sat 3 May, 7pm
Venue:                  Rangatira at Q, 305 Queen Street
Tickets: $36 – $38 (booking fees may apply)
Bookings:            09 309 9771 // qtheatre.co.nz

WELLINGTON
Dates:                   Sun 4 May, 7pm
Venue:                  The Opera House, 111-113 Manners St
Tickets: $36 – $38 (booking fees may apply)
Bookings:            0800 TICKETEK (842 538) // ticketek.co.nz


JACKIE VAN BEEK AND JONNY BRUGH
FLASHDUNCE

It’s been a far few sips between drinks for the team behind internationally acclaimed My Brother & I are Pornstars, but 2014 sees the pairing of Jackie van Beek and Jonny Brugh return on the 25, 26 and 29 April –3 May with FLASHDUNCE – as part of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival.

Directed by one of New Zealand’s comedic masterminds, Jesse Griffin (7 Days, Wilson Dixon), van Beek and Brugh are excited with their brand new creation; littered with an enormous number of curious characters from a diverse range of worlds. Slightly challenging on The Basement Theatre’s low ceilinged small stage, but nothing is impossible for this duo.

FLASHDUNCE
Dates: 25 – 26 April and 29 April – 3 May, 8:30pm
Venue: The Basement, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD
Tickets: $20 – $25
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) or ticketek.co.nz


REGINALD D. HUNTER
THE NEW ZEALAND DEBUT

Following sellout tours of the UK and critically acclaimed performances around the world, Reginald D Hunter – one of the UK’s most popular stand up comedians – is proud to make his debut this year at the 2014 New Zealand International Comedy Festival from 29 April – 3 May.

Originally from Albany, Georgia, Reginald has resided in the UK for over a decade and is a well known face on Television and the UK Comedy Circuit. His popularity has lead to him being invited to perform in venues around the world in places such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Africa, America and Australia.

Make sure you don’t miss the brutally honest, frequently controversial but always meticulously measured and thought out comedy of Reginald D. Hunter in his New Zealand debut.

AUCKLAND
Dates:                                   Tue 29 April – Sat 3 May, 7pm
Venue:                                 Comedy Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, 303 Queen Street
Tickets:                                 $37 & Groups 6+ $35
Bookings:                            09 970 9700 // ticketmaster.co.nz

WELLINGTON
Dates:                                   Wed 7 – Sat 10 May, 7pm
Venue:                                 Hannah Playhouse, 12 Cambridge Terrace
Tickets:                                 $37
Bookings:                            0800 TICKETEK (842 538) // ticketek.co.nz


See the full Comedy Fest show line-up here: comedyfestival.co.nz.