After a month on the road touring 'Rado & Raybon Save The World' with Arts on Tour, here's a snippet of me warming up the crowd in Barrytown, population 225, on the South Island's spectacular West Coast. How spectacular? On a half-hour drive from Greymouth, I probably stopped the van half a dozen times to admire the scenery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwY8WpbYWjU
Woohoo! This March, I'm touring NZ's nooks, crannies and arterial bypasses, with the remarkable Nick Rado, in our comedy show 'Rado & Raybon Save The World.'
We are being brought to you by the lovely people at Arts on Tour NZ. It's entirely likely we're coming to a town near you. Dates below -- don't miss out.
Friday 2 March 7.30pm Whitianga Town Hall $30, $15 Students under 18 Book: Whitianga Paper Plus
Saturday 3 March 7.30pm Whakatane Gateway Theatre $20 Book: The Good Life
Sunday 4 March 7.30pm Opotiki Deluxe Theatre $25 Book: Deluxe Theatre, Opotiki Library Or www.deluxetheatre.co.nz
Tuesday 6 March 8.30pm Gisborne Comedy at the Cossie Club $25 Book: Cosmopolitan Club
Wednesday 7 March 7.30pm Waipawa CHB Municipal Theatre $35 Book: CHB Theatre or www.eventfinda.co.nz
Thursday 8 March 7pm Wanganui Royal Wanganui Opera House Adults $30, Seniors/Students (with ID) $25 Groups of 6 or more $22.50 Book: Royal Wanganui Opera House Box Office
Friday 9 March 8pm Upper Hutt Expressions Whirinaki $20 Book: www.expressions.org.nz
Sunday 11 March 8.30pm Onekaka The Mussel Inn $20 Book: Eventfinda for pre-sales
Tuesday 13 March 7.30pm Ashburton Ashburton Trust Event Centre Adult $27, Student $20, Door Sales $30 (fees apply) Book: Venue or www.ticketdirect.co.nz
Wednesday 14 March 7.30pm Geraldine Crown Hotel $25 Book: LOUK Clothing (No Eftpos)
Thursday 15 March 7.30pm Cromwell Cromwell College Auditorium Adults $25, SuperGold $20, Student $5 Book: Cromwell i-Site
Friday 16 March 7pm Queenstown Heritage Hotel $25 Book: Eventfinda
Saturday 17 March 8pm Invercargill Asylum at Invercargill Brewery $25 pre sales, $35 door sales Book: Eventfinda.co.nz
Monday 19 March 7pm Lincoln The Laboratory $25 Over the bar at the Lab
Tuesday 20 March 8pm Christchurch Gloucester Room, Isaac Theatre Royal Adults $35, $30 Gloucester Session Subscriber, $255 a table of 4 inc wine and antipasto platter $130 for 2 tickets inc wine and antipasto platter
Wednesday 21 March 7.30pm Hokitika Old Lodge Theatre $20 Book: Hokitika’s Regent Theatre
Thursday 22 March 8pm Barrytown Barrytown Hall $20 door sales
Saturday 24 March 8pm Auckland Uxbridge Arts and Culture Centre $26 Book: www.uxbridge.org.nz
Sunday 25 March 7pm New Plymouth TSB Showplace Tickets from $20 (fees apply) Book: Ticketek.co.nz 0800 TICKETEK or at TSB Showplace box office
Tuesday 27 March 7.30pm Putaruru The Plaza $25 Book: The Plaza, i-Site Tokoroa, Diamond Jewellers Matamata, Eventfinda
Wednesday 28 March 7.30pm Hamilton The Meteor Theatre $25, $20 unwaged Book: www.themeteor.co.nz
Friday 30 March 7.30pm Whangarei The Riverbank Centre $30 book www.whangareitheatrecompany.org.nz And Storytime Reyburn House Lane
Saturday 31 March 7.30pm Kaitaia Te Ahu Atrium $35 Book: Te ahu Café or firstname.lastname@example.org
After being stranded due to weather, Nick Rado and I have now rescheduled our Christchurch shows. Now we're performing our double bill on August 3 and 4. Because it's all at sudden short notice, all tickets are $20 and $15. Click here for bookings.
People of Christchurch! Nick Rado and I are coming down your way for 3 nights in July, to perform our Comedy Festival shows, back-to-back, as a double feature. Season runs July 13-15.
For booking details, click here.
WOOT! Let the countdown begin. The NZ International Comedy Festival begins at the end of April. I'm performing my new stand-up show, Positive Pessimist in Auckland and Wellington. The Auckland season is a limited run (two nights in an intimate venue) so booking ahead is recommended bigly. (You know what, I also recommend booking for Wellington, but then again, I would.) Bookings available here.
Hey, Dunedin. You'll be the first to see my new stand-up show, Positive Pessimist, at the Fringe this March. Despite the title, I am looking forward to this. It's been a while since I've been down in your parts. The show runs for four nights at the Dog with Two Tails.
Show details, hype, alternative facts, and booking information are clickable here via the cyber.
The Classic Comedy Club hosted a debate between the comedians of 1997 (as we were ageistly labeled) and the comedians of 2017, on the topic: You Don't Know How Lucky You Are. We mature comics argued that the 2017 comics were luckier than us. Mike King hosted, with proceeds going to the Key to Life charity. On my team were Te Radar and Jeremy Elwood (or was I on their team?) The Negative were the much younger Rhys Mathewson, Melanie Bracewell (@meladoodle) and podcast emperor Tim Batt. Radio New Zealand recorded the event, and you can listen to it here.
Me and the brilliant Nick Rado are coming to Picton and Havelock next week for a couple of double headers. We will stand-up in serial, and in parallel. (That's right, we intend the shows to be electric.)
Bookings for Picton are available at Eventfinder.
Havelock bookings are available here.
We look forward to visiting your hemisphere, and hearing your exotic laughter noises.
How does Michael Phelps win more medals than anyone else? How did Mark Todd get into contention for a gold medal at the age of 60? I address these issues, and indeed, solve them, in my latest column in the NZ Herald.
That's the question posed by Sonia Gray in the Spinoff, a website focused on TV and media. It's a question I've often asked, but possibly with more self-serving intent. Contrast the faces broadcast from TVNZ, in the Auckland CBD, and TV3, in Eden Tce -- versus the faces walking the streets outside these buildings. The faces broadcast from inside these buildings represent a mythical New Zealand, from the 70s. Sonia Gray (yes, the beautiful Lotto host, who is, improbably, a probing, funny, sensitive writer) delivers a researched, LOL piece. Spoiler alert: I get mentioned. Indeed, I'm a punchline. The fact that I'm mentioned as an Asian face on TV, without having been on TV in years, shows just how rare we are.
Read Sonia's article, the first of two parts, here.
Ah, Mapua. a beautiful town somewhere in the vicinity of Nelson. But if you're likely to come to the show, you already know that. What show? My show. I'm doing stand-up at the lovely Playhouse Cafe on Sat Feb 13. You can book for dinner plus the show. Valentine's Day is the next day, so think of this as a romantic dinner which you can cash in at midnight. (Oh yeah.)
Here's a link with info on Facebook. (That's right, the word 'Facebook' was the link. The previous one. Hover over it.) See you there!
The upshot is to ring the Playhouse on 540-2985 for bookings. Tickets $20, doors 6pm, show-time 8pm.
TV3's Re-Think, a weekly panel discussion hosted by Stacey Morrison, considered the issue of race in New Zealand. Raybon was one of the guests, alongside economist Shamubeel Eaqub and filmie Kath Akuhata-Brown. The half-hour episode is available to view online at TV3 On Demand by following this link:
AHHH, Wellington, location of my residence, capital of my country, issuer of my passport. To perform shows in the city where I live, conjures deep feelings of handiness, convenience and simplicity of transport. If you too share the uncanny bond with me of being in the approximate same vicinity, then this show is almost written for you. It will speak to you in ways that only people who don't have to travel far, will understand. Bookings are available on our locally-sourced, artisanal booking website, Eventfinder. It's a little hipster, very progressive, and has all the right attitudes towards human rights, deep ocean oil exploration, coffee technique and bees.