Wayne Brady, star of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Don’t Forget The Lyrics is back in New Zealand and this time he’s brought along a sidekick – Jonathan Mangum, a fellow improv comedian. Together they put on an extraordinary show which boasts an impressive display of improv, comedy and music.
At the top of the show, Jonathan lets us in on a little secret – just in case the name of the show wasn’t enough of a giveaway – everything is completely made up. To prove that nothing is scripted and everything is improvised, audience participation is a welcome and integral part of the show.
Suggestions are taken from the crowd to help set certain scenes and some lucky audience members even get to be in on the action, like becoming human props and providing sound effects. The show is broken up in to different parts but which all flow together cohesively providing one entertaining evening of exceptional improvisational comedy.
Both Wayne and Jonathan are thrown through the improv wringer but they do so effortlessly, taking everything in their stride and adapting where necessary. This talented duo jump through a variety of scenarios: date night at a doctor’s office performed in various film genres, a sci-fi story featuring Elmo and a Celebrity Idol concert where Prince sings “A Hobbit Stole My Baby” – to name a few.
Still Makin’ Sh*t Up is an outstanding showcase of off-the-cuff comedy that will blow you away and have you in stitches from beginning to end. Wayne Brady really is the king of improv and the consummate entertainer – an absolute master at his craft. This is a show that can only be fully appreciated and experienced live as you really have to see it to believe it.
The Whimsical Banana rates Still Makin’ Sh*t Up: 5/5 bananas!
Wayne Brady is performing next at the Opera House in Wellington on May 7th and then at the Aurora Centre in Christchurch on May 8th. Click here for tickets.