Com­edy trio takes show to new hoods

North Shore Times - - LOCALJOBS - FLEUR MEAL­ING

For com­edy sketch group Frickin Dan­ger­ous Bro, it is im­por­tant their com­edy is reach­ing fur­ther than just a white in­ner city Auck­land au­di­ence.

Stand-up co­me­di­ans Pax As­sadi, Ja­maine Ross and James Roque, who all bonded over their ‘‘darker com­plex­ions’’, will take their show to neigh­bour­hoods that wouldn’t tra­di­tion­ally go to a lot of com­edy.

The World Tour of Ta­maki Makau­rau, funded by Creative New Zealand, will in­clude five shows around the city: in the CBD, Man­gere, Glen Innes, New Lynn and Birken­head Col­lege on the Shore.

‘‘We want it to be peo­ple from those hoods who don’t nor­mally go into the city to watch com­edy to come and watch our shows,’’ As­sadi said.

Raised in Glen­field by his par­ents who im­mi­grated from Iran and Pak­istan, As­sadi said there is a big­ger eth­nic diver­sity on the North Shore than peo­ple think.

The 26 year-old said im­mi­grants who come to New Zealand see the North Shore as a place you move to once you have made it.

The group is look­ing to en­gage Maori, Pa­cific Is­land, Asian and Mid­dle Eastern au­di­ences by vis­it­ing the more eth­ni­cally di­verse sub­urbs.

As­sadi said he hoped that, if those eth­nic­i­ties see more peo­ple who look like them, they will be more in­ter­ested in com­edy and the arts in gen­eral.

Within their sketches the trio of­ten tackle so­cial is­sues, such as race and stereo­types.

The group even got the op­por­tu­nity to share one of their sketches on na­tional tele­vi­sion as a part of the 2017 Flick Elec­tric Co. Com­edy Gala.

As­sadi said the premise was two young brown kids in South Auck­land, who were ‘‘sham­ing out’’ their teacher by be­ing smarter then him, chal­leng­ing the stereo­type.

‘‘We don’t go out there try­ing to change peo­ple’s minds about so­cial is­sues but, if we find an op­por­tu­nity to in­ject what we think is con­struc­tive for so­ci­ety, then we will,’’ As­sadi said.

‘‘We like to live by the no­tion of funny first.’’

❚ will per­form at Birken­head Col­lege, Septem­ber 30, 7.30pm till 8.30pm. Tick­ets $15 from Phone sales, call 0800 BUY TIX (289 849).

Frickin Dan­ger­ous Bro (James Roque, Ja­maine Ross and Pax As­sadi) started off in 2013 pro­duc­ing pod­casts.

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