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Guy Williams | Why am I like this?

I’m pretty sure 95% of people who know Guy Williams, have seen him on the telly, or have heard someone mention, “that dick Guy Williams,” has wondered: Why is he like that?

Why is he so awkwardly upfront and so eager to put people in uncomfortable positions? Why is he so keen to offer loud opinions? Why does he like Twitter so much?

So, I headed along to his International Comedy Festival gig ‘Why am I like this?’ at The Basement Theatre to learn why.

Guy has insulted many people in his career as a TV and radio personality in New Zealand, but to see him do it live in a comedy set, is just simply art in motion.

As soon as Guy pranced on stage, killed a couple musical instruments, grabbed an audience member and stole their beer, it was non-stop.

He left no prisoners. There wasn’t a person he didn’t mention without insulting them (well, maybe his mother). It was more than I could’ve hoped for.

The 1 hour set covered a range in topics, from Guy’s love of basketball to Kaikoura sperm whales, and finally focused in on New Zealand’s political climate – as only good comedy gigs do – which is unsurprising as he holds a degree in Political Science from Victoria University.

Throughout the loud and opinionated set, Guy “man-splained” (his word, not mine) and gave us an insight on what it’s like to grow up in a privileged white middle-class upbringing.

Apparently, it was both easy and hilarious.

So, if you’re wondering why the guy that once said, “I’ll do anything for a retweet,” is who he is, or just want an hour of straight-up laughing, then head along to see him in action.

Guy Williams – Why am I like this?

Guy Williams is back with more of his wrong opinions spoken confidently and loudly!

His revolutionary quantity over quality approach is “licensed to thrill”. Boy oh boy this is bound to be one of the shows in the year!

“The most unfunny comedian since Seinfeld” – Ivan Lloyd, Facebook

“Almost as bad as Reece Darbie and Flight of the Concords” – Kiwilad, Stuff.co.nz commenter 

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

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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.