Raw This week, heat three was showing a fantastic amount of potential before I even got to The Classic. The front bar was close to full, and there were substantially sized knots of people outside. I figured this was going to be a great show. The unfortunate lack of Stella Graham, due to an unfortunate weather based flight diversion to Wellington, meant that our host was the very talented Vaughan King.
In the front bar, I noticed the heckler from TJ McDonald’s show “Glen”, who did remain surprisingly quiet this week. I must admit, this wasn’t a bad thing from the performer’s point of view, but I’ve never seen Vaughan King take on a heckler before, so I was a teeny bit disappointed.
The MC tested the crowd right from the start and it seemed a very warm room, breaking out the priest work early, and tipping how you can also turn crowds against you in Nelson, and why comedians should lock their iPhones to prevent marriage altering changes being made, while you’re on stage.
The first act of the evening was one I’d seen before heats started this year. A comedian who managed to get the attention of the crowd right from the start, bringing them on board with a few travel tips, and being able to turn the negative stereotypes against you, into practical jokes against your friends. I was able to garner some new knowledge on the Halal process, and learned what music not to play when my mother was in the car. A very tight set from a comedian who clearly knew when his set was up, and wasn’t afraid to get off the stage early, rather than be seen by the audience to stammer when he ran out of material.
Act number two broke out some character comedy, which may have been better received by the audience had he not had what looked to be a twenty page script on A4 paper in front of him. This comedian pointed out that He’d taken part in last year’s quest, and then made a joke about his own use of the script, which left the audience wondering whether it was actually necessary, or just a prop. As this comedian went through his set, he managed to cover a wide range of topics, from Google usage, sports betting and TV Programming for small children. As I wasn’t present for last year’s RAW Quest, I’ve no idea whether the material was all new, but it was all well received by the crowd. A surprisingly good performance following a very questionable start.
Act number three, came across looking very uncomfortable on the stage, something that will only pass with time. He managed to present a new weight-loss program, which, on face value looks pretty viable, especially considering you could win up to $1500 at the end of it. A radical Swiss army knife of comedy, this comedian broke out material that showed the profundity of Kiwi logic, and explained some French history, before a new metaphor came forth, that I can only suggest describes “shelving a Tea Towel” and managing to put me off candy for the rest of the night.
The next two acts of the first half contained a comic specialising evidently in one liners, some of which drew great reactions from the crowd. He was very clearly well-rehearsed, with a tight set that just kept on coming. This was followed by another strong, tight set which garnered a lot of laughs with a set that contained lyrical breakdowns, appealed to liberal parenting style, and suggesting a new tagline of “Constant Stream of Horseshit”, which I think might appeal quite nicely to replace “Today’s hit music”.
The second half bought most of the audience back, with Vaughan king talking about his slutty pussy, taking on a reviewer, and a great lead in to the next run of comedians.
The first comedian of the second half bought back a comedian I’d seen before who managed to conjure up the images of him defecating on my grandmother. The audience didn’t respond to this comedian as well as they did at the first show he was in this year, by no fault of his own, I think it was mainly a different type of audience, as his performance was just as strong. After setting new relationship benchmarks, coming to the end the comic hit one of his strongest punch lines, which the audience didn’t react to at all, and I think this may have thrown him off because he didn’t finish as strongly as expected.
Act two broke out the TV jokes early, grabbing the room quite quickly. He was challenged by a heckler, which he completely ignored, the perfect response, rather than responding to him which, if not a strong response, could have gotten nasty and distracting. This comedian had the room eating out of the palm of his hand, following his deep moments of thought with a finishing involving a blue-painted Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.
Number three bought out the first political satire of the evening, comparing leading politicians to a particular type of rash. This bought slow responses from the crowd, which weren’t helped by the long silences in this comic’s set. It’s never a good sign to see a comic explaining his own punch lines, but I think within his next few gigs, this comic could be very, very good. Two out of three Goats for this comic.
The next act bought out the first rape-jokes of the evening, surprising me that it took this long. This comic’s assessment the prison lifestyle, and tips for girls on what not do to. This comic could probably tighten up his ending, but otherwise, one to look out for.
The next comic bought out enough data to make a shore girl feel awkward, a giant phallic symbol who managed to bring a new take to religions of the world. A cat lover who would probably be quite excited about my YouTube history, generally consisting of Cats leaping backwards into sinks.
The final act of the night showed off his appreciation for statistical analysis, and his favourite ratio: 3:1. Breaking out some jokes that made me wonder if he’d told them at his Day Joy, especially when it comes to his tips on how a woman can get her way on a one night stand. Ultimately a very confident comic who owned the stage he was performing on.
I need to apologise, for the comments in my last blog, where I suggested a comedian had used a joke that was quite similar to one used by TJ McDonald. Having spoken to the comedian, and Scott at the classic, I need to withdraw this comments, having heard the comedian’s joke again, I’m more than convinced that this was not the case.