Le Comique is a riotous night of comedy with a bit of a twist. Featuring an eclectic line up of mostly “oddball” acts, this is a great option for those who enjoy their comedy a bit on the quirky side.
This delectable variety show is co-hosted this year by boisterous ex-pat icons Jarred Christmas and Urzila Carlson and there couldn’t have been a more suitable pair to host the festivities. From Urzila enlightening us on what “white people curry” is to Jarred’s amusing “true anecdote time”, this energetic duo easily kept the audience well and truly entertained throughout. I particularly enjoyed the series of “joke offs” where they tried to best each other which in the end culminated with someone prancing around in a flashy red onesie!
With eight acts on the bill, your laughing muscles do get a bit of a workout! In the first half, Vance Fontaine impressed with improvised songs about love and refrigerators and select audience members received scarily accurate tarot readings by gifted spirit “comedium” Ian D Montfort. Then Clayton Carrick-Leslie entertained us with his John Key impersonation and a rant about the fine dining menus of today before things turn a little raunchy with some cheeky cabaret by the saucy ladies of Titty Bar Ha Ha.
Markus Birdman kicks off the second half with his brilliant style of witty sometimes controversial commentary followed by “Juan Vesuvius from Venezuela” whose bizarre interpretation of calypso music with maracas and audio tracks didn’t quite resonate with the audience. James Acaster picked the energy back up with a hilarious set which included a crash course on the three types of mariachi music and his aspirations to be a sky writer. The evening ends on a high with crowd favorite The Boy With Tape On His Face who effortlessly enthralled us with his unique brand of silent comedy.
Le Comique is the perfect way to end the weekend and a nice halfway point in the comedy festival. If you didn’t make it this year, I strongly recommend that you add this to your to-see list next year!
The Whimsical Banana rates Le Comique: 5/5 bananas!
Most of these acts are performing their solo shows this week. Check out comedyfestival.co.nz for dates and tickets.