MAE MARTIN : DOPE

By Angela East  Mae Martin’s story is an interesting one, she grew up in a liberal household where she was encouraged with following the things she loved, which can lead to obsession and addiction, and in Dope Mae tells of the ways these things have played out in her...

Ben Russell – The Pilot

By Elyce Phillips  A plane takes off from the tarmac, filled with crew and passengers – each with a story to tell. This is the set-up for Ben Russell’s The Pilot, a hilarious character comedy that is the perfect vehicle to show off Russell’s talents. The Pilot has a...

Best of British

By James Shackell  I’ve always believed that British humour isn’t like regular humour. It’s subtler, more ironic and soaked with a self-aware melancholy that you only get when your country has lost its imperial stranglehold and now hangs its jaunty cap on statistics like diabetes per capita and casual violence....

Sarah Kendall – Shaken

By Lisa Clark Before starting she gets the housekeeping out of the way with a bit of good advice to the room, it’s going to get hot and you might want to peel off some layers. I find layering is very important at comedy festivals as a lot of...

Aunty Donna – Big Boys

By Elyce Phillips The first time I reviewed Aunty Donna (Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane) they were yelling about fax machines in a tiny room at the Lithuanian Club. It’s surreal to see them where they are now – playing to a packed audience of fervent...

Frank Woodley – I, Woodley

By Lisa Clark I’ve not seen or read I, Claudius, so this may have been the entire plot told in a clever way, but I doubt it. I do know that it is a historical fiction of Claudius Caesar who was wrongly considered by his family to be an idiot...

Alice Snedden and Donna Brookbanks – Please Stop Clapping

By Elyce Phillips Alice Snedden and Donna Brookbanks have had some success in the world of improv, both performing with New Zealand improv group Snort. In Please Stop Clapping, Snedden and Brookbanks split the bill, each performing a set of stand-up. It’s a promising hour of comedy, with some...

Hannah Gadsby – Nanette

By Lisa Clark It’s genuinely difficult to write about this astonishing, fearless, gut-wrenching show. If you are a fan you cannot miss it, if not you probably should see it anyway. While skilfully written and brilliantly performed by Hannah at her most eloquent and charismatic, Nannette remains raw and...

Anne Edmonds – No Offence, None Taken

By Elyce Phillips  Anne Edmonds has been killing it lately. Coming off a Director’s Choice win and a Barry nomination at last year’s MICF, she continues her run of strong work with No Offence, None Taken – a brilliant hour of stand-up about family, relationships and men. At the...

Sam Simmons : A-K

By Angela East Sam Simmons is known for his wacky, nonsensical comedy, and he certainly doesn’t fail to deliver with that again in A-K. The premise is that a reviewer in the UK said Simmons could read the phone book and still be funny, so A-K is ostensibly based...