So, this time the Comedy Festival rolls around in April. Looking back to last year, I’m remembering the great shows I saw on opening Night: Clayton Carrick-Leslie in Fantasmagorical, and Rhys Mathewson Is Fun.
I remember seeing the excitement of opening night, coupled with the fear in the eyes of the performer as they combine new routines, and the relief in their eyes as they get their first laugh of the night, which only gets superseded by the joy on their face as their first hour of the festival wraps up, and they realised that they’ve done it. They’ve performed a show, usually solo, and they haven’t bombed.
Now, I’m not a comedian, and I’m not a critic. I don’t have the balls for stand-up, and because I’ve never performed comedy, I feel I have absolutely no right at all to judge those who do. I am however, an early to mid-twenties male, who likes a good laugh, and loves the opportunity to support NZ Comedy. That, of course, is not to say that I don’t enjoy international comedy as well.
This year’s comedy festival contains the best line up yet. Of course, there are the nominees for the Billy T award:
There are some comedians you’d recognise from TV, and some who aren’t as well known, but in some cases are more hilarious.
As a lover of comedy in NZ, there is very little I haven’t seen, and very little I don’t like. And it’s my aim this year, to go to at least one show per night, and then to bring you back some feedback on the shows themselves. I also am aiming to attend all the major shows like the Best of the Billys, both of which will contain fantastic comedy from some of New Zealand’s past winners of the Billy T award, and the like the Last Laugh, in which case all nominees for the Billy T award, the Raw award, and the Fred perform, and have their winners announced, among many other award winners.
I will definitely be seeing each of the Billy T Nominees’ shows during their runs. I’ll not be going to their first, or last shows, but somewhere in the middle of their season, and I’ll be posting my opinions of their shows on here. I will not, however, be posting my opinions on who I should win this prestigious award. That decision is reserved for some people who have been in the industry a very long time, and know what they’re talking about.
I’m also going to have a Comedy Festival 2012 T-Shirt that I’m going to take to every gig with me. I’m going to try to get it signed by as many comedians as possible during the festival. Maybe I’ll do something special with it at the end :)
So, to all the performers this year: I wish you good luck.
To all those spectators out there, I really hope you enjoy this festival.