Comedy Interview: Derek Flores

Derek Flores hails from Calgary, Canada, and has performed his blend of improv and stand up all over the world, including the US, Europe and Australia, but he now calls Wellington home. He performs as one half of improv duo “Funk Rabbit”.

Describe your festival show in 6 words.

Explosive two man spontaneous combustion.

Why are you doing a festival show?

Nothing beats the feeling of live performance.

What would be your dream comedy line-up?

1977-era Steve Martin, The League of Gentlemen, and my buddy Eric.

What kind of comedy do you most like to watch?

Comedy that traipses that razors edge between failure and genius.

What kind of comedy do you least like to watch?

The non-funny kind; e.g. Drew Carey, the guy who shits on my car every night.

What's the funniest thing that has happened in NZ so far this year?

Confusing that hedgehog for a unicorn.

What's the highlight of your career to date?

Improvising a set with Robin Williams

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given as a comedian?


What's the one piece of advice you would give to someone doing their first ever gig?

Breathe and enjoy.

Who are your favourite NZ comedians?

Brendhan Lovegrove, SteveWrigley, Jerome Chandrahausen.

Where is your favourite comedy venue?

Around the table with friends...yeah, I know, "puke."

What would you say to someone who tells you they "don't like stand up comedy"?

Them: "I don't like stand up comedy"

Me:  "You are poopy head."

What song do you walk onstage to?

I would like it to be "Pump It Up" by Elvis Costello, not "It’s Raining Men".

What is the one thing that would best help the future of NZ comedy?

Media support, network risks, and the continuation of comedians to explore theatricality.

What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview?

Robots or unicorns?  The answer being, an unholy alliance.

FUNKRABBIT: April 29-May 3, 8:30pm @ the comedy underground, Auckland.

May 6-10, 8pm, BATS, Wellington.


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