One of the greatest comedy stand-up routines ever heard in New Zealand was performed at the Colin Craig vs Cameron Slater defamation trial in courtroom 14 at the High Court of Auckland today.
It went on and on and on – ever more wild and fanciful and the humour was so shocking that no one actually laughed.
Was it even comedy?
It was definitely stand-up because that’s how Cameron Slater appeared in the witness stand – on his feet facing Craig in cross-examination.
Craig is defending himself in the counter-claim libel case.
Each claim the other has published defamatory comments.
Slater’s case opened yesterday when he read out a fairly dry opening statement.
He saved his best material for cross-exam.
Slater wished to impress upon the court that he was in fact the greatest journalist who ever lived.
His lengthy rambling answers affirmed that he was a titan of the fourth estate – a fearless investigative journalist who was deeply and widely respected and had the ear of every politician – every editor – every thinking New Zealander.
It was humbling to sit with the other inky gentlemen of the press and listen to Slater’s ravings.
We were minnows.
He was the Whale and he rocked on his feet as he told his long mad tale.