Inside ‘Psusy,’ New Zealand’s Answer to ‘Broad City’
The web series Psusy unabashedly proclaims itself to be the Broad City of New Zealand. The series stars Jaya Beach-Robertson and Aria Dehar as Karen and Sharee, two friends who in each episode get into escapades that go from the seemingly realistic to completely absurd, gross, and over-the-top circu... [Read More]
Kings of loser comedy: how Flight of the Conchords took off
New Zealand’s ‘fourth most popular folk-parody act’ are on a sold-out arena tour. Is there a shrewdness behind the duo’s laidback shtick?Few comedians ever play London’s O2 Arena and fewer still manage three nights in a row. Those who do tend to have some things in comm... [Read More]
Kings of loser comedy: how Flight of the Conchords took off
New Zealand’s ‘fourth most popular folk-parody act’ are on a sold-out arena tour. Is there a shrewdness behind the duo’s laidback shtick?Few comedians ever play London’s O2 Arena and fewer still manage three nights in a row. Those who do tend to have some things in comm... [Read More]
Frontier Comedy hosts Hollywood showcase to find talent to tour Down Under in Australia, New Zealand
Each year, a handful of comedians make the long trek from North America to Australia to perform at the major comedy festivals in Melbourne and Sydney. A few comedians even have found greater success Down Under than they have in the States. Now Frontier Comedy, the merged product of Australian t... [Read More]
Watching 'Grown Ups 2' Every Week for a Year and Living to Talk About It
by Charles Armstrong Allow me to introduce you to The Worst Idea of All Time, a podcast with a remarkably simple and twisted premise: two comedians watch and review Grown Ups 2 every week for a year. Yes, you read that correctly. Helmed by two standups from New Zealand, Guy Montgomery and Tim B... [Read More]
Vinnie’s Vices: Copycatcalling (my night as Soshana Roberts)
For NJ based comedian Vinnie Vitale, the comedy lifestyle isn’t always pretty. Late nights, binge eating, excessive drinking; these are not healthy habits for a guy entering his 30s. On the path to success sometimes you’ve got to make a few sacrifices along the way. Join him each month a... [Read More]
Hamish Blake teams up with Flight Of The Conchords' Bret McKenzie for film
Hamish Blake has teamed up with Flight Of The Conchords star Bret McKenzie. The Australian comedian, whose partner is usually Andy Lee, said that he and McKenzie will be "cheating" on Lee and McKenzie's Flight Of The Conchords co-star Jemaine Clement when they film Two Little Boys in New Zealand together next year. Blake said: "It's a funny story about two guys who are not the sharpest and they end up in a bit of a bad situation." [Read More]
Texas Travesty Interview: Jemaine Clement
Jemaine Clement has momentum. Although his monotone and distinctly unexcited voice would never lead you to believe that, his four Emmy nominations and Grammy win might. In his latest work, Clement took a break from his Flight of the Conchords partner, Bret Mckenzie, and collaborated with writer/director Jared Hess (Napolean Dynamite), on his latest film, Gentlemen Broncos. Clement sat down with the Travesty on some lovely patio furniture outside an even more lovely hotel to talk about Orc-dwelli... [Read More]
Will the Conchords offend Australia? | Stuff.co.nz
Australians like to name their women after men, revel in their convict past, and do not mind a cup of tea brewed in hot tap water. Well, in the world according to New Zealand's blockbuster comedy duo, Flight of the Conchords, anyway. The quirky pair have gone to town on Australians in their second series, so far watched by millions in the US and hundreds of thousands in New Zealand. Now Australians will get their chance, with SBS confirming it has bought season two and plans to screen it later t... [Read More]
Slices of life part of Topher Straus' improv comedy course | Otago Daily Times Online
An American comedian is offering to teach Queenstown residents the art of improvisational comedy. Topher Straus, originally of Colorado and now of Wanaka, will lead up to 12 participants into hundreds of games that, he says, "teach people how to adapt, which is good not only for comedy improvisation, but also real-life situations and confidence". [Read More]