Show­ing off Porirua’s sense of hu­mour

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

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.

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