Hit com­edy show brings live laughs

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RICHARD MAYS

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

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