Comedian returns to his Palmy roots
John Carr is a 64-year-old Auckland-based rapper, slam poet and stand-up comedian who’s keen to attract those not normally drawn to fringe festivals. He’ll be performing at the Palmy Fringe Festival in his one-man show, Down with the young ones.
John says he’s better known in the rural communities by those in the agriculture and vet faculties at Massey University as their editorial cartoonist.
He’s looking forward to returning to Palmerston North where he spent four years in the early 70s doing a degree.
“I played rugby league at Massey and the Royal was the after-match drinking hole for all of the teams and I’m interested to see how much the old place has changed in the last 40 years.”
John says he’s better known as a children’s writer, having had more than 150 books published, mainly for literacy programmes that go into schools in NZ and overseas. His books include the titles Wake up, Drongo, The Longest Eel in the World and Ants Can’t Read, and have been instrumental in helping New Zealand children to read since 1996.
■ Down With The Young Ones, The Royal, 44 Rangitikei St, Sunday, October 7, 8.15pm and Monday, October 8, 8.15pm.