Showing off Porirua’s sense of humour
It turns out Porirua is a land of laughs – two of its residents are performing in the New Zealand International Comedy Festival this month.
Tawa resident Brad Zimmerman is part of a show called A Mild Life Crisis.
The 28-year-old grew up in Titahi Bay and said the suburb sometimes featured in his stories. But the main subject was his family. Last year the focus was his wife. This year his show is about becoming a dad.
Zimmerman said he had wanted to be a comedian since he was 12. ‘‘I started by just watching a lot of shows,’’ he said. ‘‘I finally had the guts to give it a go and it worked out.’’
His first show was in 2010 and he has been a part of the comedy festival every year since.
While the funny guy comes out at night, during the day Zimmerman works in office administration.
The thought of joking around on a stage in front of a lot of people is enough to turn anyone’s stomach and Zimmerman is no different. ‘‘I suffer from pretty hectic stage fright.’’ He said he wanted to get to the point where he could sell tickets in any town, but he had no desire for fame.
‘‘I don’t want to reach the height of stardom. It sounds disgustingly awful.’’
Unlike Zimmerman, Whitby resident Jeremy Roulston is just starting out in his comedy career.
The 22-year-old magician met a comedian while studying at acting school.
The two created a show that mixed magic and comedy.
‘‘It’s a huge drawcard to get an audience, to have something different,’’ he said.
Last year was the duo’s first time at the comedy festival.
Roulston said he hoped they could take the show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
A Mild Life Crisis,
Funny guys: Brad Zimmerman is representing Porirua at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival.