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Jeremy Randerson and Graham Candy


at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 9 May 2012 to 12 May 2012

Reviewed by:  Stephen Austin;


Dormant comic savant, Jeremy Randerson, explodes back onto the comedy scene alongside boy genius, Graham Candy, star of ATC's 2011 Young and Hungry season, with their new show Dog Star!!! The pair play a couple of house-mates, studying to be guidance counsellors, who end up in a life and death battle when one becomes possessed by an evil alien mask, having foolishly tried it on at the encouragement of the neighbours' dog.

The May 9th opening night will be the first return to stage comedy for Randerson since taking out the Golden Gibbo award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2004 with his sister Jo, with Carry on Randerson II, which also played in the Comedy Festival in Auckland that year.

Since 2004, Randerson has travelled, been managing director of iconic Kiwi soda company Foxton Fizz, cut the tendon in his left 5th finger, featured in Gaylene Preston's recent film, Home By Christmas and played Simon-Peter in Nah Zullan, Rhys Morgan, Sticky Pictures and RESN's web-based piece. “I'm very excited to get back on stage” says Randerson. “While the work's themes reflect my own recent experiments, the action comes more specifically from experience. The work will essentially be a comedy, but it also looks at the way in which people's energies are transferred unseen and unspoken between each other, as other wireless systems such as Bluetooth function.”

As part of the NZ International Comedy Festival 2012

Dates: Weds 9 – Sat 12 May, 10pm
Venue: The Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, City
Tickets: Adults $20, Conc. $15, Group 10+ $12.50
Bookings: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) or
Duration: 1 Hour 

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In Dogstar, the idyllic life of 2 guidance counselling students is devastated by the discovery of a traditional mask, thought to be of West Papuan origin. The piece discusses the premise that bad behaviour is a kind of possession, a spiritual virus picked-up from exposure to infected material or wankers. “The mask acts as a metaphor for “the fall” that (almost) every person goes through, leaving the innocence of childhood. Although, in reality, you realise once a child gets canines, they won't be supping mother's milk their whole life either. So perhaps the fall is inevitable, innate” says Randerson.  

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27th February - 8th March, 6:30pm (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only)
Duration: 1 hour
Venue: Whammy Bar, St Kevin's Arcade, Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD
Tickets: Adults $15, Concession $12, Group $10
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