JAN MAREE: HAIRY TODAY, GONE TOMORROW!
directed by Katrina Chandra
presented by Lee Martin for Gag Reflex
at Fringe Bar, Cnr Cuba & Vivian, Wellington
From 1 May 2012 to 5 May 2012
Q, The Vault, Auckland
From 15 May 2012 to 19 May 2012
Reviewed by: John Smythe;
IN SEARCH OF HER ROOTS*
The “Fever Bitch” is back! With her trademark brutal comic honesty, Jan Maree presents an often touching, very true account of life as a charismatic half-breed in a melting pot world.
Born the daughter of a hairy misogynist Croatian and a Kiwi girl from Central Otago, Jan always felt a cultural failure. In 2011, her underlying heritage issues provoked her to travel for the first time to her grandfather's birthplace, Mala Duba, Croatia.
HAIRY TODAY, GONE TOMORROW! is her true story of this slightly less-than-epic, but certainly more than memorable trip to find her roots.
Jan brings this brand new show hot off the back of her 2011 triumph, “Fever Bitch”, which saw her become the first female comedian to win New Zealand's highest accolade, the prestigious Fred Award. The prize money helped pay her way to the UK where, upon performing stunning shows at Top Secret Comedy Club, Covent Garden and at legendary Edinburgh club The Stand, she earned UK representation with Gag Reflex (the same management company that looks after The Boy with Tape on his Face). This year, she takes “Fever Bitch” to the Melbourne Comedy Festival and will return to the UK for the Edinburgh Fringe.
Date: Tues 1 – Sat 5 May. 8.30pm
Venue: The Fringe Bar, cnr Cuba & Vivian Sts
Tickets: Adults $25, conc $22, group $20
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842538) www.ticketek.co.nz
*Note: Roots, not root. Though a Croatian man to comb and keep her company might just do the trick! Certainly it would make her father happy, but when has that ever been a consideration?
***WINNER, NZ INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL FRED AWARD 2011***
**WINNER, NZ COMEDY GUILD BEST FEMALE COMEDIAN AWARD 2009**
*WINNER, NZ COMEDY GUILD PRESIDENT'S TROPHY 2009*
*WINNER, NZ INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL BEST SHOW 2009*
*WINNER, NZ INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL BILLY T AWARD 2001*