Vance’s life to be re­vealed

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RE­BECCA THOM­SON

Greg El­lis will be croon­ing his way into the hearts of Welling­to­ni­ans thanks to a $10,000 grant.

The Ti­tahi Bay man has re­ceived a Creative Com­edy Ini­tia­tive grant, which is given to two com­edy acts an­nu­ally to help fund shows.

El­lis is us­ing the grant to stage a cabaret show, Vance Fontaine in Com­mand Per­for­mance, dur­ing the Com­edy Fes­ti­val which be­gan last Fri­day.

El­lis’ show runs from May 8 to 12 at Bats.

‘‘Vance is the first Kiwi to make it big in Ve­gas and this is his life story,’’ El­lis said. ‘‘I’ll be wear­ing a white se­quinned suit and singing. It’ll be worth pay­ing the money for the show just to see that cos­tume.’’

Although El­lis has per­formed a few solo shows, this will be his first ful­l­length solo mu­si­cal.

‘‘ The mu­si­cians are a fan­tas­tic bunch. I don’t have to worry quite so much about ev­ery­thing be­cause they are just so good,’’ he said.

El­lis is part of the Im­pro­vi­sors, a theatre sports troupe, who will also be per­form­ing at the fes­ti­val.

Their show, His­tory Never Re­peats, start­ing to­day, will weave to­gether tales from the past, present and fu­ture.

‘‘Each scene will go way back in time and then for­ward, then back again,’’ El­lis said. ‘‘It will be a re­ally cool chal­lenge for us.’’

Other co­me­di­ans listed to per­form at this year’s com­edy fes­ti­val in­clude Steve Wrigley, Ben Hur­ley, Ray­bon Kan, Guy Wil­liams and Rhys Darby. The com­edy fes­ti­val runs un­til May 20.

See com­e­dyfes­ti­val.co.nz.

Laugh out loud: Greg El­lis pre­pares for his role as Vance Fontaine.

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