Comic de­cides to take a risk

Central Leader - - NEWS - By KELLY DENNETT

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 tick­

Life's Lists: Vaughan King writes his bucket list for his In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val show One Bucket, Two Co­me­di­ans.

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