Hit comedy show brings live laughs
The magnificent comic seven are set to ride into Palmerston North for the funniest and funnest shoot-out in the west.
Jeremy Elwood will join host and expat Palmerston North resident Jeremy Corbett, team leaders Dai Henwood and Paul Ego, with Urzila Carlson, Josh Thomson and Ben Hurley, for 7 Days Live in the Regent on Broadway.
The stand-up comic, and Dominion Post Your Weekend co-columnist with wife Michele A’Court, said the beauty of 7 Days was its topicality.
‘‘Every week, it has to be up-to-date. That’s what gives the show its freshness.’’
The popular half-hour TV show has been running for seven years, and has just started its ninth season.
‘‘Having an outlet like this for up-to-the-minute comedy has been great.’’
Another factor in the show’s success was that the panelists were part of a tight-knit and accomplished Kiwi comedy scene. It’s members were well established stand-up performers before the show came along, Elwood said.
‘‘I’ve known the people on the show for ages. You’re working with your mates - there’s no rehearsal, no re-shoot, we just get on and do it live, like a sports team - and leave the results to the programme editors... and the lawyers.
‘‘At the end of all that, we accidentally produce a TV show.’’
7 Days is filmed in front of a live audience on Thursdays for screening Friday.
Visiting overseas comedians invited onto the show were always amazed at what it could get away with, Elwood said.
‘‘If it looks like a lot of fun to do, it is a lot of fun to do.’’
The touring stage version is even more freewheeling.
‘‘It’s nice for us because there are no cameras, so it’s all a lot looser.
‘‘We spend the first half each doing our own stand-up routines, and then we’re into an hourlong live version of the TV show.
‘‘It’s fast, it’s fun and a pretty good night out, and the Regent on Broadway theatre is just a fantastic venue.’’
7 Days Live takes to the stage on Thursday, December 1.
‘‘There's no rehearsal, no reshoot, we just get on and do it live, like a sports team - and leave the results to the programme editors... and the lawyers.’’ Jeremy Elwood