Ri­valry fu­els fun

Kids’ af­ter­noon telly has come a long way since the days of Af­ter School and 3.45 Live, as James and Zoe Croot dis­cov­ered when they vis­ited the Christchurch set of The Adam & Eve Show.

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There’s an air of ten­sion in White­bait Stu­dios’ green room. But it’s not caused by pre-show nerves of The Adam & Eve Show hosts Adam Per­ci­val and Eve Palmer – rather their in­tense ri­valry.

Tues­day af­ter­noon is chal­lenge day and to para­phrase for­mer Manch­ester United man­ager Sir Alex Fer­gu­son – ‘‘it’s squeaky bal­loon time’’.

That’s why, as the pair get into their ‘‘ac­tion track­suits’’ and have their make-up ap­plied, there’s some last-minute ‘‘des­per­ate’’ prac­tice and ex­as­per­a­tion as par­tic­u­larly Adam at­tempts to mould rub­ber into a be­liev­able-look­ing rab­bit or dog.

In just an hour, they will be com­pet­ing with each other in front of a live stu­dio au­di­ence, and, a lit­tle later in the day, 1000s of Kiwi kids at home, to see who can make the best creation in just 90 sec­onds.

A for­mer What Now pre­sen­ter, Adam made the switch to week­day af­ter­noons last year, join­ing Eve on what was then called The 4.30 Show. He says the main dif­fer­ence from work­ing on the lon­grun­ning week­end show (now in its 36th year) is that he now gets to ‘‘sleep in on a Sun­day morn­ing’’.

‘‘Ac­tu­ally What Now is car­nage, this is not as bad,’’ he laughs. ‘‘There’s no gunge on our show – you don’t get messy, you don’t get cream-pied,’’ he adds, eye­ing Eve with slight sus­pi­cion.

Adam ad­mits it took him a wee while to get used to hav­ing only one, rather than two co-pre­sen­ters (al­though he be­lieves What Now’s Ron­nie Taulafo has such a mas­sive per­son­al­ity he’s like work­ing with five peo­ple) but says the change is ‘‘quite re­fresh­ing’’.

‘‘I find you can work on your rap­port a lot bet­ter. We do have an awe­some team be­hind us on this show who bring us ideas, but while we have scripts to guide us through each show, we re­ally don’t know what’s go­ing to come out of our mouths un­til the cam­eras as on us – which is quite ex­cit­ing and the way I like to work.’’

Eve, who first joined The 4.30 Show in early 2014, agrees, say­ing that the pair like to sur­prise each other and keep things ‘‘real’’. ‘‘We try to avoid telling each other the same joke over and over so that by the time you’re record­ing it’s the fourth time they’ve heard it, be­cause then some­one has to be a re­ally good ac­tor to laugh at it.’’

She says the big­gest change she’s no­ticed, es­pe­cially this year, has been the au­di­ence in­ter­ac­tion, both on­line and in per­son.

‘‘I’m not good at so­cial me­dia in gen­eral, but I quite like chat­ting with our fans on In­sta­gram. And just lately we’ve gone into shops and had peo­ple com­ment to us about the show, which has been re­ally nice. I feel like more peo­ple are watch­ing this year, al­though I’m not sure if that’s true.’’

Both Eve and Adam would like to think that’s down to the show’s re­tool­ing over the sum­mer. Not only was there a name change to put the hosts front and centre, but last year’s ‘‘ran­dom loft apart­ment’’ (as Adam calls it) has been re­placed by more of a tra­di­tional stu­dio set. ‘‘Look, we’re here to make TV and while I’m in­spired by the likes of Jimmy Fal­lon and Hamish and Andy, Eve is more of an Oprah or Ellen fan,’’ says Adam. ‘‘I like the silly stuff – the games we play – and Eve prob­a­bly likes to do in­ter­views and con­nect with peo­ple more.’’

Eve agrees with his as­sess­ment, say­ing that she likes to use sto­ries that have hap­pened in her life and talk about peo­ple she’s met. ‘‘I think we’re quite hon­est about our lives on the show – the good and the bad.’’

‘‘Some­times a lit­tle bit too hon­est,’’ Adam chimes in.

Pro­ducer Reuben David­son says one of the show’s mantras is to treat things as if it is broad­cast­ing live. ‘‘That’s al­most true this year be­cause we’re now mostly record­ing the show on the day it goes out – two hours af­ter it is recorded it is play­ing to view, which is great be­cause it means Adam and Eve can be talk­ing about stuff which is hap­pen­ing that day.’’

He says the mix of ‘‘live’’ to pre-recorded ma­te­rial is around 50:50, with seg­ments com­ing in from as far away as Los Angeles, Syd­ney or Auck­land. ‘‘When we can, we also get these two to travel to do in­ter­views with the stars. For ex­am­ple, Adam went to Syd­ney for a day to in­ter­view Jon Favreau for The Jun­gle Book and Eve was there and back in a day re­cently to see Jack Black for Kung Fu Panda 3. It’s fast and fu­ri­ous, but it is great to have that kind of turn­around.’’

They’ve also added a lit­tle more struc­ture to the week, with the Thurs­day and Fri­day shows con­tain­ing more pre-recorded ma­te­rial, Mon­days of­fer­ing a chance to dis­cuss is­sues (‘‘more what’s trend­ing on so­cial me­dia, than news and cur­rent af­fairs,’’ David­son has­tens to add) and Tues­days and Wed­nes­days re­served for stu­dio guests and the all-im­por­tant Eve vs Adam chal­lenges.

Those are also the two days when the stu­dio au­di­ences are wheeled into the Ad­ding­ton-based stu­dios, al­though on the day we vis­ited, it wasn’t the ex­pected group of sugar-fu­elled tweens, but rather a United Na­tions of adults, seem­ingly from a local lan­guage col­lege, all ea­ger to pro­vide their en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port to the pair as they bat­tled it out un­der the watch­ful eye of Christchurch ma­gi­cian Bren­dan Doo­ley.

A run-through sees Eve lit­er­ally heart­bro­ken as her bal­loon heart is edged out by Adam’s man­gled-look­ing rab­bit. A quick break be­fore the record­ing of­fers a chance to re­think their strate­gies and a chance for us to ask them about ri­val­ries. Is their an ‘‘ An­chor­man’’ style an­i­mos­ity be­tween them­selves and Me­di­aworks’ Sticky TV?

‘‘I prob­a­bly don’t watch them as much as I should,’’ ad­mits Adam, ‘‘be­cause it’s al­ways a good idea to keep an eye on what your com­peti­tors are do­ing, but in say­ing that it’s just as im­por­tant to make sure what we’re do­ing is right.’’

Eve con­curs, adding that ‘‘TV is quite fickle at the mo­ment – you never know if you’re go­ing to get fund­ing for the next year, so we just want to do our best’’.

Both be­lieve they have more of a friendly ri­valry with White­bait Me­dia sta­ble­mates What Now. ‘‘It’s like a brother/sis­ter thing, only there’s three of them,’’ says Eve.

Called back to the fray, both seem more con­fi­dent with their bal­loon ma­nip­u­la­tion this time around, but af­ter 90 sec­onds and in­tense scru­tiny, Doo­ley de­clares a tri­umphant Adam a win­ner, thanks to his ‘‘rab­bit in a car crash’’.

Eve is al­ready plot­ting re­venge in the next chal­lenge.

For­mer What Now pre­sen­ter Adam Per­ci­val says he is lov­ing the gunge-free zone that is The Adam & Eve Show.

Adam Per­ci­val takes chal­lenges a lit­tle more se­ri­ously than his Adam and Eve Show co-host Eve Palmer.

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