NICK GIBB IN FUNNY LIKE A CLOWN
at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 28 Apr 2012 to 5 May 2012
Fringe Bar, Cnr Cuba & Vivian, Wellington
From 15 May 2012 to 19 May 2012
Reviewed by: Simon Howard;
2011 Billy T Award winner returns with his latest smorgasbord of comedy delights.
“Funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to f**kin' amuse you?” asked Joe Pesci in a scene from Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas that is famous enough to reference, but not famous enough that it doesn't need explaining when you do. Nick Gibb is here to f**ckin' amuse you, while he explores the fickle, mysterious and sometimes hostile nature of comedian/audience relations.
Fresh from delighting packed houses at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his show “Crumpled Antipodean Dandy” and making literally dozens of pounds on the lucrative UK comedy circuit, Gibb returns to NZ with a new hour of comedy. “Funny Like A Clown” promises all the fun of the circus, if the circus was one slightly drunk guy at a microphone.
“Razor sharp wit… Gibb is a sparklingly talented new comic with some brilliantly original material… I would be very surprised if Nick Gibb wasn't a name with serious clout in the comedy world in the near future.” **** Edinburgh Guide
“Disarming, likable, and clever…He's intelligent and earnest; he's not afraid of the intellectual approach.” – Theatreview.org.nz
Gibb spent six years honing his skills as a sketch comedian and improviser in the unforgiving comedy wilderness of Palmerston North before tentatively beginning to expose audiences to his stand-up in 2007. Since then he has established himself as one of the New Zealand's best new comedians, with a reputation for intelligent comedy and verbal panache. Gibb's comedy centres on searingly personal revelations in which awkwardness, insecurity and inebriation are disguised as rakish, worldly sophistication. Nick finds that the healing laughter and applause of strangers fills the void that childhood taunts left in his soul, but then, this is true of all comedians.
Alongside stand-up comedy, Nick is a writer, actor and filmmaker, and is the co-creator of the cult web comic Dead Philosophers in Heaven.
As part of the NZ International Comedy Festival 2012.
NICK GIBB in FUNNY LIKE A CLOWN
Dates: Sat 28 April, Tues 1 - Sat 5 May, 7.15pm
Venue: The Basement Studio, Level 1, Lower Greys Ave, CBD
Dates: Tues 15 - Sat 19 May, 8.30pm
Venue: Fringe Bar, Corner Vivian St and Cuba St
Tickets: Adults $18, Conc. $15, Groups 8+ $15
Bookings: 0800TICKETEK or www.ticketek.co.nz
Duration: 1 hour
For a full line up of performances, booking details & more information, visit www.comedyfestival.co.nz