From a lov­ing place

The show’s topic is quite heavy, but per­formed in a light-handed way...

Central Otago Mirror - - SHOP LOCAL -

Aus­tralian co­me­dian Jon Ben­nett grew up with a brother who be­came ad­dicted to metham­phetamine and ended up blow­ing up his meth lab.

His ex­pe­ri­ences are the in­spi­ra­tion for his one-man show Fire in the Meth Lab, which he is tour­ing through New Zealand.

Ben­nett’s show in Wanaka tells the story of his brother’s ad­dic­tion, their re­li­gious up­bring­ing and broth­erly re­la­tion­ship.

‘‘We grew up in a very re­li­gious and con­ser­va­tive fam­ily, my Dad was a min­is­ter [at church],’’ he said.

‘‘My brother was ex­or­cised as a kid, he had de­mons re­moved...’’

His brother ended up be­ing caught and go­ing to jail when he blew him­self up in a makeshift meth lab seven years ago.

‘‘He was ex­tremely lucky to sur­vive. There are many near death ex­pe­ri­ences that I talk about in the show, where he just got lucky.’’

Ben­nett said the show’s topic was quite heavy but he per­formed it in a ‘‘light-handed way’’.

His brother had seen the show, which he wrote four years ago, and had ini­tially liked it.

‘‘But then he came an­other time and heck­led through­out the en­tire show and it be­came very full on.

‘‘My man­ager had to sit next to him and pinch him ev­ery time he wanted to say some­thing.’’

Ben­nett said writ­ing and per­form­ing the show and talk­ing about his brother ‘‘came from a lov­ing place. I do talk about him as a per­son and show how some things are un­con­trol­lable.’’

SEE IT: Fire in the Meth Lab is at Gin & Rasp­berry on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 23 at 7:30pm. Tick­ets at door or Eventfinda.


Jon Ben­nett’s show cov­ers ev­ery­thing from de­monic ex­or­cisms to his brother’s bat­tles with metham­phetamine.

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