Things get rough for comedian

Christchurch comedian Snap presented by RuseWebsites wants to boost Dunedin comedy.PHOTO:...
Christchurch comedian Snap presented by RuseWebsites wants to boost Dunedin comedy.PHOTO: CHRISTINE O'CONNOR
While trying to bolster Dunedin's comedy scene, a Christchurch comedian has had a Fringe Festival of nightmares.

The comedian Snap presented by RuseWebsites, who temporarily sold his last name to a web company, has had a dark week.

Firstly, he admitted himself to hospital last Sunday.

"Turns out I developed a condition called Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, which essentially is an allergy to marijuana.

"That'll be me for life. And I've got dreads, so this really affects me."

It started with three days of vomiting last week before he thought "there's probably a limit to how long your body can go without fluids".

It took a specialist to finally diagnose him and he is still experiencing bouts of stomach pain.

The second incident came after he angered an audience member at a comedy show last week.

"Very much in jest, I suggested a man may have been sleeping with his sister who was there. I left it at that, and continued with the show. Later on he accosted me at the bar. He was shoving me aggressively."

The man was removed, but Snap saw him later at another bar.

"He threatened to beat the living heck out of me if he saw me on the street, which is the sort of reaction someone would have if they are sleeping with their sister."

While he has cancelled his solo shows, Snap is organising the Fresh Comedy Competition at 10Bar tonight to bring more talent into the Dunedin scene.

He said organising a similar competition in Christchurch did wonders for growing the scene there.

"The big problem Dunedin faces is uni students leaving after study, but there are some people here who have consistently hung around."

Local comedian Simon Kingsley-Holmes was "largely responsible for there being a scene in Dunedin", he said.

"Him and others do it because they believe in the scene here."

The Dunedin competition had six official entries, about five unofficial and organisers hoped to get more, he said.

Despite the drama, the comedian had a positive outlook on his Fringe experience.

"No-one expects to be assaulted and hospitalised when they go to a festival, but it kind of just feeds into the chaos of it all," Snap presented by RuseWebsites said.

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