Tourette's syndrome and playing poker is difficult, says a
2013 Dunedin Fringe Festival comedian.
Nick Gibb, of Auckland, said he would headline the five
comedians performing in the second season of the Polson Higgs
Comedy Club at the 2013 Dunedin Fringe Festival.
The 2011 Billy T Award winner said he would try to read and
respond to the Dunedin crowd.
''I'll do what I usually do.
''I'll throw things out there and see what sticks.''
Part of his show would talk about living with Tourette's
syndrome, Mr Gibb said.
''I have a story about playing poker in Vegas and the
difficulty of managing a poker game with Tourette's. It's not
the best combination.''
Comedians' personal inadequacies often produced good comedy.
''Anything that is wrong with yourself, anything you can
shine a light on, any quirks, it all helps.''
MC Simon McKinney, of Auckland, said he was appointed MC of
the second season because he spent the first 22 years of his
life in Dunedin.
''Being a Dunedin boy is a good way to welcome this fabulous
Dunedin was renowned for challenging crowds and comedians had
to ''work hard'' to get laughs, he said.
''Billy Connolly said, 'It takes a while to get them on your
side but once you do, you almost have to get them surgically
He had opened for Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan and English
comedian Stephen Merchant and was the ''warm-up'' comedian
for New Zealand's Got Talent. He had just performed on a
two-week cruise from Brisbane to Osaka, Mr McKinney said.
''That was a blast.''
Tevita Manukia, of Auckland, said his comedy would ''poke
fun'' at his Tongan descent and would address the common
misconceptions between Pakehas and Tongans and vice versa.
''They think we are all cleaners but in Otago, even the
cleaners are white.''
Dunedin comedians Lockie Rhodes and Kate Hanwould perform at
the three-night season, which begins tonight.
: Wild Lines, Otago Museum Reserve.
: Civilising Divisions, streets of the central
: Monsters Great and Small, Margaret Freeman
: Woven Luxury, Seriously Twisted.
: Graf The Box, Octagon.
: Queer Deportment, George St.
: Hurry Up and Wait, Dowling Street Project
: RE:Perform,The Blue Oyster Shipping Container,
Festival Hub (Octagon).
: On The Rise, Flourish Studio
: Reduction of the Deity, Community
: Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, The
: In Absentia, The Globe Theatre.
: Bonnie Prince Charlie, Otago Boys High
: Lines Of Flight, Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
: Ngatahi _ Know The Links, Queens.
: A Night At The Theatre, Pioneer Women's Hall
: The Funniest Joke In The World, Ombrellos
: Break-In, 33 Jetty St.
: Entomo, Temple Gallery.
: Gobsmacked: Showbiz and Dating, Isis Lounge.
: Polson Higgs Comedy Club, Municipal Chambers.
: For Your Future Guidance, Community Gallery.
: In and Out Of Context, The Octagon.
: The Adventures of Jimi Samoa, Ombrellos
: Festival Club, Queens.
: A Play About Space, The Globe Theatre.
: The Almanac Experiment, Ombrellos.
: Trubie and Abby Are Just A Bit Worried,
: Porcelain Punch Travelling Medicine Show, Fortune