Stand up laughs

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Two born-and-bred Porirua co­me­di­ans will take to the stage at this month’s In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val.

Ti­tahi Bay’s Nick Rado has come a long way since he left for Bri­tain in 2002 – he is one of only 15 or so full-time co­me­di­ans in New Zealand and shut­tles around the world each year gig­ging on the stage and tele­vi­sion. He was nom­i­nated last year for a Billy T Award for his Com­edy Fes­ti­val show Rado and Juliet, and re­turns next week with Nick Rado’s Com­edy Bunker.

The rou­tine is about how irrational wor­ries take over our lives, and how to combat them. It was in­spired by a col­league of Rado’s while he was work­ing in a high­stress ra­dio pro­ducer job in London. The work­mate rubbed Rado up the wrong way and he would spend his 45-minute jour­ney into work ob­sess­ing about him.

‘‘That whole com­mute I would just have this imag­i­nary fight with this guy,’’ Rado says. ‘‘From that I sort of thought ‘why do we do this?’ and re­alised there’s so much com­edy in it as well.’’

Rado has a soft spot for standup com­edy, but is to join the panel on TV’S 7 Days.

‘‘I love live [per­for­mance] but I’m one of very few co­me­di­ans who likes go­ing on as a host, an MC, when the au­di­ence is re­ally cold. It’s a re­ally good feel­ing to be able to warm up a crowd.’’

Pareko­tuku Moore will ex­plore what it means to be a diva in her show Who Dat Sheila?

Moore will take on a va­ri­ety of char­ac­ters to tell the sto­ries of ur­ban, sub­ur­ban, Maori and pakeha, even Porirua di­vas.

‘‘Cer­tainly the sassy sheila is a con­fi­dent woman but she’s a bit doolally as well,’’ Moore says. ‘‘It’s an op­por­tu­nity to take the piss out of di­vaness.’’

Moore works by day as man­ager of the Stop Vi­o­lence Net­work, and finds a lot of source ma­te­rial in her day job.

‘‘I’m very pas­sion­ate about my work and a lot of ma­te­rial cen­tres around my work,’’ she says. ‘‘I find re­la­tion­ships ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nat­ing.’’

Moore’s ideal ca­reer would be on tele­vi­sion as a cross be­tween Gra­ham Nor­ton, Oprah and Joan Rivers – wacky, com­pas­sion­ate and with a vast life­time’s store of jokes to draw on.

Pareko­tuku Moore’s Who Dat Sheila?, May 15 to 19 7pm, at Cav­ern Club, 22 Allen St, Welling­ton. $23-$20 Nick Rado’s Com­edy Bunker, May 15 to 19 8.30pm, at Cav­ern Club, 22 Allen St, Welling­ton. $18-$15.

Doolally diva: Porirua girl Pareko­tuku Moore’s Who Dat Sheila? show takes the piss out of sassy di­vas.

Stress buster: Ti­tahi Bay-born Nick Rado will ex­plore that wor­ried voice in our heads in Nick Rado’s Com­edy Bunker.

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