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Frickin Dangerous Bro | Money in the Bank Review

I generally don’t like to gas people up, however to say Frickin Dangerous Bro, comprised of Jamaine Ross (Jono and Ben, Funny Girls), James Roque (Jono and Ben, Funny Girls) and Pax Assadi (George FM), are a top act to catch this NZ Comedy Festival isn’t much of a stretch.

Yes, that’s based on seeing them for the second time but hey- I’m allowed.

So they’re back this year, with an appropriately (because apparently they received some pretty hefty funding) titled show Money in the Bank (MITB). 

The premise is they’ve got some money in the bank however they balled too hard and well you know what happens when you give young bucks too much money.

Comedy gold.

I must admit, for me, MITB didn’t have as solid a start as last year’s G.O.A.T however the rest of the show was still every bit as punchy, witty and hilarious.

As to be expected their sketches ranged from highly inappropriate out-of-it situations to everyday slice-of-life (sorta) ones we could see happening in our own lives.

And in between it all were their interactions both with each other and the audience which gave the show that relaxed, inclusive, feel which carried through into each skit.

In terms of organisation it was a bit of a shambles, and they admit they’re still not the greatest with endings, but that’s all part of the charm innit?

I think they’ll forever be working out kinks, crazy amount of money or not, because of the type of guys they seem to be. However, like I’ve said, it works.

The best bit is, I highly doubt each night will be quite the same, for example maybe they’ll find the second dice they lost the first night- for the third/fourth show?

Maybe.

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Honourable mentions:

  • Bruh, there was this couple sat just in front of us who felt the need to repeat everything FBD said, or make a remark at every joke, whoop at the most annoying times. Hands were ITCHING to be thrown, istg.
  • If my research is correct these boys had $35,000 or so to irresponsibly spend, in order to create “the most baller show”  we’d ever see.
  • OMG ISSA GUN SAAAAS
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James Nokise | Talk a Big Game

Samoan-Welsh James Nokise talks a big game in his Auckland show, Talk a Big Game, this comedy fest.

I couldn’t help myself.

In his 15 years of comedy, he’s spent the last 10 years focused on biting political commentary.

However when political commentary (internationally as well as locally) needed him the most- in the wake of 2016’s NZ Flag referendum, America’s Trumpocalypse, Brexit in Europe and Jexit (John Key’s exit) in NZ- Nokise vanished.

Or rather decided he’d had enough of the hoopla and was going to throw in the political commentary towel and spend an hour talking sports like a good kiwi bloke.

Or did he? Nokise lulls us into a false sense of sport security before actually hitting us with his on point political and social commentary the entire time.

The poster issa ruse, however don’t complain, because much like the promo pic for his show you’ve GOT to know that it’s not what you’re going to get.

And if you didn’t click second or third joke in, mate, c’mon.

In amongst all the laughter Nokise seamlessly unpacks a myriad of issues- disguised as a Sky-sport post match package- holding a mirror up to our society and telling us to flex.

It’s great, it’s good banter ranging from his Samoan father’s favourite sport, to theories on why Steven Adams- who I swear looks more Mexican than Tongan- signals the end of the All Blacks as he makes his way through a list of sports.

He trusts his audience’s intelligence levels, comfortably discussing sports and complex issues in a way that’s not an hour of calling out racists, or of impersonations of minorities- though you do get a bit of both.

With the finesse of a performer completely at ease on stage his style of structured- but loaded with tangents- set keeps the audience not only entertained and in stitches, but has them thinking ‘well goddamn’.

We highly recommend you grab yourselves tickets to his remaining shows- you can do so here.

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.

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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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Monday – Thursday $25.00
Friday & Saturday $30.00

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