Stand-up com­edy for Feild­ing

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - SAM KILMIS­TER

A group of Manawatu’s bud­ding comedic ge­niuses are tak­ing their tal­ents to au­di­ences in Feild­ing.

A rel­a­tively new and fresh crew will hope to en­thral the win­ter masses dur­ing a night of live com­edy at the Stock­yard Cafe at the Den­bigh Ho­tel on July 21.

Award-win­ning co­me­dian and host Ben Cald­well will join fel­low Manawatu per­form­ers Dy­lan Ste­wart, Nathan Cross and Dy­lan Sather­ley.

Cald­well re­cently moved to Feild­ing from Welling­ton and wanted to get com­edy up and run­ning in his new home.

He started Par­baked LOL’s, a show made up of first-time stand-up per­form­ers. Af­ter a slow start, with only two peo­ple show­ing up, num­bers in­creased, and the line-up for the show had 11 first-time co­me­di­ans.

Now they’re look­ing to show­case their comedic tal­ents to the wider Manawatu, start­ing in Feild­ing.

Cald­well said he had gone from a ‘‘univer­sity slacker’’ to a mar­ried fa­ther of four chil­dren within three years. The unique fam­ily dy­namic had pro­vided him with plenty of en­ter­tain­ing sto­ries and ob­ser­va­tions other par­ents would em­pathise with, he said.

Ste­wart has been per­form­ing in Auck­land and Welling­ton for four years.

‘‘[He] once won ‘top co­me­dian of the uni­verse’ in an award cer­e­mony he made up while stuck in traf­fic one day,’’ Cald­well said.

‘‘He also won ‘great­est lover of all time’ that night, how­ever, that award was with­drawn when his wife wrote a let­ter to the judges.’’

Cald­well de­scribed Cross as a ‘‘keen ob­ser­va­tion­al­ist’’ able to hold up a mir­ror to Kiwi so­ci­ety to make crowds laugh at them­selves.

‘‘Nathan has plans to make this coun­try better and they re­volve around him gain­ing his res­i­dency.’’

Sather­ley, Cald­well said was ei­ther the ‘‘most pes­simistic op­ti­mist’’ or ‘‘op­ti­mistic pes­simist’’ he had ever met.

‘‘All we know is he mas­ter­fully dances in and out of taboo sub­jects and he does it all armed with noth­ing but his quick wits, ig­no­rant bliss and melan­choly joy.’’

The show con­tains adult themes and course lan­guage.


Co­me­dian Ben Cald­well is de­ter­mined to bring a few laughs to Feild­ing.

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