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