well, it’s comedy festival time again..
and once again we have to listen to the cries of “oh, why aren’t there really funny people like fred dagg and billy t anymore?”
hey folks, there are. go out to a comedy club sometime..
yes, they (Dagg in particular) did some good/excellent work…but standup is where nz comedy has been growing..and there are some really funny buggers out there..
the breakfast tv show yesterday did a dire little piece on nz comedy; harking back to that golden age..
it basically went cliche, cliche, rose coloured nostalgia, simplistic conclusions, cliche , cliche, homily…
they had gadsby, that guy from sportscafe..and some advertising exec..
now, gadsby has had his moments, but that was a while ago; that guy, i find resolutely unfunny (sorry), and the ad guy? who knows?
to give gadsby and that guy their due, both looked as though they would rather be having major dental surgery than engaging in this tired excuse..(mind you, with that guy, that could just be his schtick, as i said, i’m not sure..)
nobody had the slightest thing of interest/funny thing, to say, and it was like watching a train wreck..
any outsider watching would have come away with a resounding impression that we as a nation have had a comedic bypass..
this ain’t so folks..local comedy is alive, well, and bloody funny….
i think it is quite sad so few new zealanders have had that experience of the shock of the new and the familiar through our eyes..
most of us have only had british and american takes..not ours…talk about cultural dislocation…