Laid-back Australian comedian Carl Barron returns to
Queenstown after five years on February 4 as part of his New
Zealand tour called A One Ended Stick. The
stand-up comic tells James Beech exactly what Kiwis and Aussies
have in common.
Australian comic Carl Barron will discuss the absurdities
of life in the Queenstown Memorial Centre on February 4.
Q. What do you remember most about your previous
visits to Queenstown?
A. It had really nice trees, really healthy trees.
Trees in my street are a bit crook.
Q. Will you go for any adventure activities while
you're in town?
A. Yep, for sure, I love extreme sport. I'm booked in
to do a bungy jump in a canoe. I love canoeing, especially
without the resistance of the water against the paddle.
Q. How would you describe your new show to the
A. Normal everyday stuff with a bit of a kooky twist.
Me trying to be me; it might be mundane weirdness.
Q. What are the similarities - and differences -
between Aussies and Kiwis?
A. Aussies are louder I reckon, but I think what both
countries have in common is that they both love Australia.
Q. What keeps bringing you back to New Zealand?
A. It's good to get out of the burning sun. Look what
it does to us - frazzled, dried-up old lizards we are in Oz.
You have such rosy cheeks in New Zealand.
Q. Where was the best audience you have experienced in
New Zealand so far and where was the worst audience here so
A. You're not sucking me in like that - I know your
tricks. They were all roughly the same except for one, and
they know who they are. That drunk guy better not turn up
Q. You were born in Longreach, Queensland - any
recommendations for visitors?
A. Yeah, don't go. It's too hard. It's a long way,
it's really hot and when you get there there's bugger all to
do; stay home.
Q. Why did you always want to be a comedian?
A. Not my fault. I wanted to be taken serious in my
life, but whenever I spoke people laughed at me, so I went
with the flow instead of against it.