Dark humour of sleep deprivation
How does a parent deal with a screaming child in the supermarket?
Parenting guides tell you not to reward such behaviour with a reaction, but it’s embarrassing and what’s more the child is being incredibly disruptive to everyone within earshot.
And they’re all judging your parenting.
What about the little boy who is just beginning to learn some words and chooses to use some of them with a loud announcement while his mother is in the mall bathroom: ‘‘Mum weewee!’’
Lucy Edwards of Kapiti is mother to a 2-year-old. She said it was a dilemma.
‘‘You want to encourage them, but you don’t want people looking at you,’’ she said.
Edwards and Gabriel Page have turned the observations of their first two years of parenthood into a show for the 2015 New Zealand Comedy Festival.
‘‘Our whole life has changed since becoming parents,’’ Edwards said.
There were not many married couples in comedy in New Zealand, and even fewer with children, she said.
‘‘The show is about the tough decisions we make – how much are you going to tell them? Are you going to tell them the truth?’’
There were positives to parenting, she said.
You’re entitled to park in baby parks, leaving disabled parks free, and you can blame staying home all weekend on the kids.
If you’re a bit gassy after last night’s curry you have someone to blame – ‘‘kinda like a dog you can bring on buses’’. You can play in playgrounds without looking creepy and you finally have someone to bring you prechewed food while you’re in the bathroom.
Page has done plenty of standup comedy, solo and in variety shows, and Edwards has acted in skit shows, including television’s 7 Days. But Turning Another Page will be their first show together.
Turning Another Page is part of the Comedy Festival. It opens at Bats Theatre on May 5.
To book or for information, visit bats.co.nz or phone 802 4176.