Co­me­dian re­turns to his Palmy roots

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

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.

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