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Shad­bolt com­edy show canned amid tur­moil

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A com­edy show fea­tur­ing Sir Tim Shad­bolt has been called off by his fel­low per­former af­ter the re­lease of a re­port crit­i­cis­ing the In­ver­cargill mayor’s per­for­mance.

Gary McCormick and Shad­bolt were sched­uled to host a show called OK Boomers at The Craythorne’s Ho­tel in Christchur­ch last night.

McCormick told The Press it did not feel right to host the show while Shad­bolt was deal­ing with the re­cently re­leased re­port, which said he was strug­gling to ful­fil sig­nif­i­cant as­pects of his job as mayor.

Shad­bolt has rub­bished the re­port, say­ing it is flawed, but the South­land Cham­ber of Com­merce says his re­fusal to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for the lead­er­ship void is a con­cern for the city.

McCormick said host­ing the show would be like ‘‘you have come out of a war and then you sort of walk straight into a com­edy show and do a com­edy, it just did not seem right’’.

‘‘It is just the wrong time.’’

McCormick said he de­cided to call it off and Shad­bolt was ‘‘OK’’ with the de­ci­sion.

‘‘I would not want to en­cour­age some­one to do a show when they are go­ing through what he is go­ing through at the mo­ment.’’

McCormick said he was ‘‘very sorry’’ about what Shad­bolt was deal­ing with and did not want to put more pres­sure on him.

He said Shad­bolt had been his friend for a long time and the pair had done more than 300 shows to­gether.

They did a show to­gether about six to eight weeks ago in front of 120-odd peo­ple at a win­ery, and Shad­bolt was ‘‘bril­liant’’.

‘‘In terms of do­ing per­for­mances, I was very happy about what hap­pened that day.’’

The Craythorne’s Ho­tel con­firmed last night’s event had been can­celled in a Face­book post. The post said all ticket hold­ers would be re­funded.

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