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Hard News: Comedy Festival 2: The Genius of Gordillo

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  • Te Radar,

    Lovely review of John there Russell. It was a great show, and one that shows that despite some recent comments about the nature of comedy, or moreso it's content, stand up can be intelligent, thought provoking, and change inducing. It was a brilliant example of the art form.

    May i also recommend, especially for those of you who aren't stand-up fans (i know you are out there) the wonderful work of Trygve Wakenshaw. Beautiful modern absurdest buffonery. If you aren't familiar with him, he has been lauded at many overseas fests recently, and is currently one of our best humourists IMO.

    http://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/auckland/show/squidboy-trygve-wakenshaw-

    http://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/auckland/show/kraken-trygve-wakenshaw-

    If you haven't seen anything yet, pop online and take a chance, especially with the crop of great young comics we have.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2010 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Gillman,

    It was a brilliant show on Monday. John Gordillo is my pick of the festival so far

    Auckland • Since May 2014 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Stuart Coats, in reply to Te Radar,

    Totally seconded. Kraken was one of the funniest shows I've seen, and a great antidote to all of the stand-up (I love going to stand-up but it is nice to have a change). It contains one of the greatest entrances I have ever seen on the stage at Bats.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 192 posts Report Reply

  • Te Radar, in reply to Stuart Coats,

    Oh, that entrance! Quite possibly the best of any show I've ever seen.
    Go just for that. Stay for the rest.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2010 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Telfer,

    John Gordillo’s show in Auckland on Saturday night ridiculed the current Air NZ safety video especially the tenuous link between the Cook Islands and the 50th anniversary of the swimsuit mag. While trying to make light of it he was genuinely astounded that the airline actually endorsed/created the video.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2009 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Gary Elshaw,

    I was appalled when I saw the video recently, but it certainly doesn't take a rocket surgeon to imagine the pitch to the marketing people at Air NZ.

    [A Boardroom, midday. 12 white, middle class and heterosexual guys are sitting around the table]

    Charles from Saatchi BBDO: "Okay guys, so we're thinking we shoot this thing in Fiji or the Cook Islands over a week with 10 - 15 swimsuit models. We'll all be required to be on set at all times."

    Jim from Air NZ: "Sold. When do we go?"

    Apia, Samoa • Since Mar 2011 • 22 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Simon Telfer,

    tenuous link

    so. polite.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Simon Telfer,

    genuinely astounded

    same

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Kath,

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    In truth, I don’t think we’re as far down this road as mega-brand Britain. But we’d be fools to think it’s not coming.

    It's definitely here already... I saw John Gordillo on Monday as well , and was thinking the same, that it wasn't really a thing here - then today I saw this...

    Auckland • Since May 2014 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Kath,

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    and this...

    Auckland • Since May 2014 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Kath,

    It’s definitely here already… I saw John Gordillo on Monday as well , and was thinking the same, that it wasn’t really a thing here – then today I saw this…

    Great spotting!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson,

    We went and saw John Gordillo tonight. Really neat show - thought-provoking and funny. It's one of my pet hates - corporations trying to pretend that they are a person, and, moreover, a friend. Recommended.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 615 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Kath,

    It’s definitely here already… I saw John Gordillo on Monday as well , and was thinking the same, that it wasn’t really a thing here – then today I saw this…

    I tweeted him the image and he replied:

    "Ugh. Fantastic."

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

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