I first saw The Boy with Tape on his Face as part of a ten-act show at The Classic seven years ago and ever since then he has been a favorite of mine. I even got picked by The Boy to help out on stage which was slightly terrifying at first but then turned out to be a really cool experience and something I will always look fondly back on!
I must mention that I only recently found out that that was actually his first stage show which meant I was his first ever volunteer – how special am I?! But I digress…
These days The Boy is more than capable of holding his own and is perfectly happy having the stage all to himself along with his trusty satchel of tricks, box of props and of course, the all important tape. I was privileged enough to be invited by The Boy to attend his opening night of the Auckland season and WOW, what an incredible show! So much fun, so many laughs and an epic soundtrack to go with it all!
His new show, More Tape, is full of toys, props and is a mad and whimsical mix of vaudeville, mime and even puppetry. What I especially enjoyed was the incorporation of the music to the set and how it provided an additional element of comedy to the performance. Another integral part of the show is The Boy enlisting help from various handpicked members of the audience – you are even forewarned from the get go that participation is compulsory…unless you want to look like a cock!
Sam Wills, the man behind The Boy is truly a world class act with numerous awards under his belt (more likely in his satchel!). He is also the first New Zealand comedian to be a part of the Royal Variety Performance in the UK. He will soon be preparing to perform a month-long season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the biggest arts festival in the world. Accolades and achievements aside, he also happens to be a very lovely person!
I think the thing that makes The Boy so special is that he has truly defied the conventions of stand up comedy. He is a stand up comedian that doesn’t speak and yet his antics will have you laughing from start to finish. His entire performance is well thought out with a good story arc of mostly standalone little tricks and bits but that all flow together seamlessly. The show is perfectly paced and well-timed which is impressive considering a lot of it is improvised and dependent in part on the volunteer’s cooperation (or lack of). He has outstanding showmanship and great comedic intuition that will have you enthralled and amazed.
I don’t want to give too much away as the magic of his show is in the anticipation of the unknown and watching it all slowly unravel. All I will say is his show is brilliant, hysterical, incredibly entertaining and the best silent comedy you will ever see. This is a show like no other and one you do not want to miss!
The Whimsical Banana rates More Tape: 6/5 Tape-tastic bananas (an extra banana for good measure!)
The Boy is performing at the beautiful Rangatira at Q all of this week with an extra show before his final one on Saturday night – tickets are selling fast so get your tickets NOW (HERE) or regret forever!
Sam, thanks so much for the hook up and it was so awesome meeting you after the show too – it’s crazy that it has been seven years! See you again on closing night!
To find out more about The Boy, visit his website.