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