Class Comedians 2016
Loft at Q Theatre, Auckland
May 8, 2016
By AARON DAHMEN
Gracing the stage without a glimmer of doubt or personal indemnification, the Class Comedians are a sight to behold. Funny, childish and fresh, it is their personalities which shine through during performance, while they discreetly solidify the future of New Zealand comedy.
And they aren’t alone, because it’s happened all before.
Rose Matafeo, Rhys Mathewson, James Roque and James Malcolm are amongst the names that have previously starred in this exact performance, their dreams now realised on programmes such as Jono and Ben, Best Bits and AotearoHa Rising Stars.
And now it’s the next generation’s turn.
Start ’em young, the website says! And they definitely do that.
Hosted by the hilarious Pax Assadi, this year’s line-up included a variety of mediums, with singing, miming and just straight-up talk all working together to create a memorable night.
The young comedians hailed from a variety of different schools, including Westlake Girls’, Westlake Boys’, Takapuna Grammar, St. Cuthberts, Onehunga High, Rutherford College, Long Bay College and Western Springs College. They all performed immensely, not holding back, with pure passion for the job at hand. It was truly a two-hour concoction of funny.
Having already provided the NZ comedy industry with a variety of homegrown talent, the Class Comedians programme is as successful as it is riveting, with many graduates eventually performing their own shows at the annual festival.
The talented high school students have battled through intensive comedy training and were clearly amped to unleash their stand-up skills on an audience. The system is tough, and these young ones that have emerged at the end are, without a doubt, something very special indeed.
The jokes were funny, the rhetoric hilarious and many simply made the programme proud. These comedians were amazing considering their age. Did you have people paying to watch you perform at 15?
These guys and girls should be credited immensely with what they have worked on and with what they delivered onstage – it is thrilling to think what potential the up-and-comers who performed in Auckland last night have for the future. Because one thing is for sure: these comedians definitely have ‘class’.
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