Comic fos­ter­ing a childer­beest-free zone


Daniel John Smith’s de­but solo com­edy show Chil­dren & Other Mis­takes opens on Fri­day in The Dark Room.

The 30-some­thing co­me­dian fo­cuses on the ‘‘Very Im­por­tant Ques­tion’’ of whether he should pro­cre­ate. Ex­am­in­ing the state of the world and his own per­ceived short­com­ings as a par­ent, he ques­tions the in­sa­tiable urge of hu­man­ity to repli­cate it­self.

Sur­rounded by friends and fam­ily who are con­stantly spawn­ing, DJS has al­ready come to the con­clu­sion that par­ent­hood is not for him.

‘‘Peo­ple of­ten as­sume that it’s our na­ture and pur­pose to con­tinue the hu­man race – but what if those peo­ple are self­ish, bad par­ents and re­ally like do­ing noth­ing?’’

Critic Si­mon Sweet­man de­scribed his anti-childer-beest per­for­mance as ‘‘Terrific’’.

‘‘There was a dark­ness is his act that no one could have spot­ted at the start. He man­aged to take us, Ste­wart Lee-like, down imag­i­nary path­ways to have us laugh at some truly aw­ful (al­ways clever) ideas.’’

Daniel has al­ready made quite an im­pact. In 2015 he opened for vis­it­ing US Parks and Recre­ation comic Joe Mande, fea­tured in TV3’s AotearoHA: Ris­ing Stars, sold out his joint show How to Fold a Fit­ted Sheet, and was crowned Best Co­me­dian at the Welling­ton Com­edy Awards.

Chil­dren & Other Mis­takes with Daniel John Smi­ith plays The Dark Room April 22 – 23 with book­ings on 354 5740 and thedark­


Co­me­dian Daniel John Smith plays three nights in The Dark Room this week­end.

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