The NZ International Comedy Festival, which starts on April 18th, will feature a huge range of comedians; both known and unknown, international and local. Two who may fit into both of those second categories are Ed Caruthers and Graeme Rowe, who will be sharing the stage for the first time in As Many Jokes As We Can Get Away With.
· Describe your festival show in 6 words.
ED: Gags One-liners Depravity Jokes Mirth Chuckles Innumeracy
GRAEME: Takin it to the limit
· Why are you doing a festival show?
ED: Me and Graeme Rowe want to set a record for most ball-bouncingly funny gags in a festival show.
GRAEME: Because I was asked
· What would be your dream comedy line-up?
ED: Mitch Hedberg and Richard Pryor are resurrected, Bill Cosby's senility is restored, and Eddie Murphy learns how to be funny again.
GRAEME: Ricky Gervais, Brendhan Lovegrove, Gish
· What kind of comedy do you most like to watch?
ED: One-liner dudes like me, the more gags the better
GRAEME: The Office (UK), Flight of Conchords, Stand Up
· What kind of comedy do you least like to watch?
ED: Physical comedians, like Dover Samuels
GRAEME: Brit comedy from the 70's, black american stand ups mo fo, you know what I'm sayin?
· What's the funniest thing that has happened in NZ so far this year?
ED: The Singing Bee
GRAEME: The constant ability of TVNZ news to make news headlines, when there simply is no news, followed closely by someone in NZ cricket saying that the NZ cricket team had found some form.
· What's the highlight of your career to date?
ED: I did a gig in Palmerston North and they laughed a solid 30 seconds at each joke. I got through a third of the material I thought would be enough. Bless those inbred hicks!
GRAEME: Being asked to perform and getting paid for it
· And the lowlight?
ED: None really, its been pretty flawless
GRAEME: One friday night Late show at the classic, when some female audience member just kept saying 'get off, get off , get off......" over and over, while another guy said "are you gay? are you gay? are you gay? are you gay?..........over and over. I didn't get off, and no I am not gay, but I wouldn't mind it sometimes, you know, just to get all those cool clothes and stuff and be able to drive around in a Honda CRV and decorate my house, and sometimes guys really have no idea about shoes, what are they thinking? But ultimately the whole bum sex thing would put me off.
· What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given as a comedian?
ED: 'Lose the tuba'
GRAEME: “Be the best that you can be NOW, not later.” - Michele A'Court
· What's the one piece of advice you would give to someone doing their first ever gig?
ED: Don't try a rape joke unless its extremely funny.
GRAEME: Relax and enjoy it, relax and enjoy it, relax, relax, relax.........uh oh, dead man walking.
· Who are your favourite NZ comedians?
ED: Grant Lobban, he's the real deal and damn funny even though he is really, really, really mental.
GRAEME: TVNZ news reporters, Green MP's, Brendhan Lovegrove, Jeremy Elwood, Gish, Andre King, Sully O'Sullivan, Dai Henwood. In no particular order.
· Where is your favourite comedy venue?
ED: The Cook Bar in Hamilton
GRAEME: The Classic, in Auckland.
· Where's the oddest place you've performed?
ED: Massey High School
GRAEME: The Waihi Beach RSA
· What would you say to someone who tells you they 'don't like stand up comedy'?
ED: Give me three minutes to let me change your mind. Or to impregnate you, whichever works best for you.
GRAEME: Then you haven't seen a good one, you ignorant, obnoxious, self absorbed twit.
· What song do you walk onstage to?
ED: 'Lotion' by the Greenskeepers. It’s about serial killing, always a warm cheery topic to start with.
GRAEME: None but one day it will happen, oh yes one day it will be..........my sons think it should be either something from The Wiggles or AC/DC, so haven't yet decided.
· What is the one thing that would best help the future of NZ comedy?
ED: A second dedicated comedy club. A first dedicated comedian.
GRAEME: An acceptance from the NZ public that we do in fact have some very funny NZ comics and to get out there and see them instead of sitting at home judging it from decades ago, and waiting for the next Billy Connelly tour. Can't all be Billy T James bro.
· What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview?
ED: 'Want me to give you ten million dollars and free hookers for life?'
GRAEME: “What 5 things annoy you the most?” But now that I have been asked it, I have put me on the spot........................can't think of any.
As Many Jokes As We Can Get Away With runs from Wednesday 30 April to Saturday 3 May at Comedy Underground, 305 Queen St. Tickets from Ticketek (Adults $16, Students $12).
For complete festival information go to www.comedyfestival.co.nz
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