Comic decides to take a risk
Bucket lists. Everybody has one whether it be taking that well overdue OE or plucking up the nerve to get a tattoo.
At 41 years old comedian Vaughan King has ticked both of those must-dos off his list.
Now he is encouraging Aucklanders to do the same in his International Comedy Festival Show One Bucket, Two Comedians.
Mr King and his Irish co-star Alan McElroy have created a unique audience-interactive show which differs slightly from the typical standup comedy routine.
‘‘There’s a plot and outcomes and there’s a lot of audience interaction. We’re two old guys about 60 years in the future. We have a time machine and we travel backwards to go back and change things.’’
The comics enlist the help of the audience to achieve their bucket list items and in turn the comedians help the audience with theirs.
The idea was spurred by becoming recipients of the Creative Comedy Initiative this year which supports performers who want to push boundaries.
The initiative began in 2011 and is modelled on the Melbourne Comedy Festival which aims to challenge the solitary nature of standup comedy.
The different approach is a change of pace for Mr King who is a twotime Billy T Award nominee and has won five categories at the New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards.
‘‘I have some interesting nerves that I haven’t felt in a while. It’s either going to be completely genius or the most embarrassing night of our lives. I love acting, that was my first passion before standup so it’s so nice to do something different.’’
The comics have set up a Facebook page encouraging people to submit their bucket list ideas.
So far people have suggested anything from eating McDonald’s to adventure sports.
‘‘Which is weird because in New Zealand that’s so available to us all the time,’’ Mr King says.
‘‘We need to open up our minds. I want to see someone do something really crazy like get a crazy tattoo.’’
One Bucket, Two Comedians is on at The Basement Theatre, May 14 to 18. Visit ticketek.co.nz.
Life's Lists: Vaughan King writes his bucket list for his International Comedy Festival show One Bucket, Two Comedians.