The Tim and Gary road­show re­turns


You know the TV ads fea­tur­ing Gary McCormick and Si­mon Bar­nett... Well, Si­mon isn’t the only man in Gary’s life. In fact, twin­kle-toes Si­mon is a Johnny-come-lately.

Gary has a much deeper and en­dur­ing re­la­tion­ship with a cer­tain se­rial mayor. They travel around to­gether do­ing a dou­ble act that has stood the test of time. And while their names don’t quite trip off the tongue with the same flow as say Hud­son & Halls, Gil­bert & Sul­li­van or Punch & Judy, the pair­ing of McCormick and Shad­bolt cer­tainly has stay­ing power, clock­ing up well in ex­cess of 100 gigs.

Back in the 70s, Tim Shad­bolt was the no­to­ri­ous au­thor of a book called Bull­shit and Jellybeans – the man­i­festo of a bunch of Auck­land-based politi- cal ac­tivists called the Pro­gres­sive Youth Move­ment, or PYM

Tim and Gary got to know one another, while they shared a cell to­gether af­ter their ar­rest dur­ing a protest on Par­lia­ment grounds.

‘‘I made a bril­liant speech to the Mag­is­trate about free­dom of speech – but he didn’t seem to be lis­ten­ing,’’ Gary re­calls.

While mag­is­trates still prob­a­bly won’t ap­pre­ci­ate the pair when they ap­pear this Satur­day night at the Hokowhitu Bowl­ing Club on Al­bert St, there’s bound to be plenty up for a night of yarns and anec­dotes, tall tales and true.

The Hokowhitu Bowl­ing Club is the new Bent Horse­hoe, with Tim and Gary the first in a monthly se­ries.

Book­ings on 06 329 8808, 027 368 2367 and steve@ben­thorse­ for the 8pm, $28 a head per­for­mance are es­sen­tial .


In­domitible duo, Tim Shad­bolt and Gary McCormick are back in town to strut their schtick.

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