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By Jarrod• 6 May 2016
It’s often the international acts which get the attention during the Comedy Festival – but two riotous shows from homegrown comics demonstrate that our local performers are more than capable of going toe-to-toe with the big names.
The Dome at BATS Theatre, 3 May 2016
Laura Daniel is already something of a familiar face to NZ audiences, with starring roles on Jono & Ben, Funny Girls and a certain power company ad campaign. She’s also one of this year’s Billy T Award nominees, which means her show comes with a certain level of expectation.
Thankfully, with Pressure Makes Diamonds, Daniel demonstrates that the expectation is justified. It’s an endlessly inventive and exciting hour of comedy, combining stand-up, sketch, music, dance and more. Not everything lands – and opening night brings with it a few technical glitches (mostly audio-related) – but for the most part it’s solid, and often surprising, subverting expectations at every turn.
It’s a difficult show to describe, really, as much of it would be spoiled by doing so – suffice to say that it’ll have you hooked from the inspired opening sketch, and won’t let go until, exhausted from involuntary laughter, you’re drummed out the door by Daniel herself.
The Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre, 4 May 2016
Having noticed numerous other comedians generate comedy mileage from their adventures in fatherhood, Joseph Moore jumps on the bandwagon with So… I’m a Dad! – a hopefully fictional exploration of modern parenting.
Another comic who regularly graces our screens (Jono & Ben, Funny Girls, Fail Army, 7 Days), Moore starts by parodying dad comedians. Before long, however, this high-concept piece becomes something much more ambitious – a one-man comedy action-adventure of sorts.
Although marred slightly by some opening night technical niggles (while Moore was wearing a headset microphone, it wasn’t clear that it was working for much of the show), it’s a thoroughly enjoyable journey which becomes progressively more and more absurd as it goes on. Recommended for anyone who is, has, or knows a dad.