Light look at cli­mate

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABA­DIA

CO­ME­DI­ANS are happy to make light of all sorts of taboo sub­jects but have you ever heard one mak­ing jokes about cli­mate change?

Prob­a­bly not, Damon Keen says. That’s why he and Lisa Wald­ner are putting on Hot Air, a cabaret style com­edy show at The Clas­sic.

The head­lin­ing act is Jeremy El­wood and the other four co­me­di­ans tak­ing part are Michele A’Court, Mark Scott, Tim Batt and Maarten Idema.

It will be the first event or­gan­ised by the col­lec­tive High Wa­ter which the two graphic de­sign­ers co-founded to en­gage more people about the chal­lenges faced by cli­mate change.

‘‘We want to en­gage and ex­cite people rather than ter­ri­fy­ing and alien­at­ing them which can be a byprod­uct of this kind of in­for­ma­tion,’’ Mr Keen, 44, says.

When the West­mere res­i­dent did re­search on cli­mate change com­edy he couldn’t find any sim­i­lar events.

‘‘Co­me­di­ans ap­proach the Holo­caust and all sorts of dread­ful things and yet cli­mate change has been a real strug­gle. I sud­denly re­alised this could be an un­sub­stan­ti­ated world first.’’

The pair started High Wa­ter at the end of the year af­ter a friend con­trib­uted some start-up money.

They are keen to get other cre­ative types like mu­si­cians, il­lus­tra­tors, pho­tog­ra­phers and film­mak­ers on board, Ms Wald­ner says.

‘‘I think a lot of them are con­cerned about the com- plete lack of progress on global warm­ing. I re­ally think, and hope, that by cre­at­ing a new plat­form to work with, we can get cli­mate change back onto the pub­lic agenda.’’

Hot Air will be held at The Clas­sic on Queen St at 8pm on March 20.

Photo: KATE LIT­TLE Photo: KA­RINA ABA­DIA

Lighter side: Hot Air com­edy show co-or­gan­is­ers Lisa Wald­ner and Damon Keen hope the event will pro­voke dis­cus­sion about cli­mate change.

Head­lin­ing:

Jeremy El­wood.

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