If you don't laugh, you'll cry.
Auckland comedians Tevita Manukia, Heidi O'Loughlin, Andrew
Clay and Jamie Bowen signed for two Fringe Festival
performances at the Dunedin Town Hall - the Festival Gala
last night and the Polson Higgs Comedy Club tonight.
Tevita Manukia said his comedy material revolved around him
fathering his 12-year-old girl and his 7-year-old twin boys.
''Talking to a kid is like talking to a drunk person - they
are both difficult to rationalise with.''
The ''survival'' tips for people preparing for parenthood
included staying awake for the birth. He was sound asleep
when his twin boys were induced.
''My partner has a nice photo of the boys on my chest and I'm
Jamie Bowen said although his comedy material talked about
his ''particularly bad year'' and his father's death, people
with tickets to the show had not paid good money to watch an
''emotionally crippled balding man with far too much
attachment to his ridiculous facial hair whine and cry for
his dad rather than pay for a therapist'', he said, laughing.
Heidi O'Loughlin said the audience could safely sit in the
front seats because her comedy style was not aggressive.
''I'm like an animal in the zoo. I'm more afraid of you than
you are of me.''
The ''up and coming'' comedian said hecklers should miss her
show because her style did not include talking to the
''My goal is never to be the master of a room, so I like
doing fringe festivals where you can be a little different.''
Andrew Clay said he had performed comedy for more than 20
years and he had never matched the natural high after his
first ''terrible'' performance.
''The routine was cringe-worthy - it got laughs but I
couldn't touch it now because it was so corny - but nothing
will match the buzz of the first gig I did at the Sydney
''Afterwards, I got off the bus at Bondi and sprinted the
length of the beach because I was so amped, completely off my
dial on no alcohol or drugs.
''Nothing can match that.''