Johnny Givins - Theatreview.org.nz'Best set piece of the gig is the relationship with his seven year-old boy and his inability to actually tell him a joke to make him laugh. The long story finally turns and once again proves that fart jokes are the best!'open/close
Paul Ego is a really funny man. Now that might not seem like a surprise in a Comedy Festival chock full of local and international comedians. Many of the sets I have seen have a tight well-crafted journey from situation to situation with the big payoff laugh. Ego has a different approach.
He spends a great deal of his set genuinely getting to know his audience. He interacts with random men and women as he asks questions and turns their answers into immediate fun. He dances on a word and sparkles with his twinkly naughty eyes as he affectionately makes ridiculous fun of his target.
Paul Ego is an improviser who relishes the opportunity to show us how professional, skilled and entertaining a professional comedian he has become. Widely known for as the Team One leader on TV3's 7 Days, he does not disappoint in his one hour live set.
It is quite a way into the set when he starts to tell his family stories and use his prepared themes. By then the audience rolls with the tales of his life as a ‘male', his boys, his ineffective father role and his desire to have a plan B in his life.
Paul Ego was at his best at his first show for the NZ Comedy Festival 2014.
The small basement type room of Rangatira at Q Theatre offered an intimate atmosphere.
Paul Ego had an instant rapport with his audience kick starting the show with audience interaction.
Paul’s anecdotes of parenthood, marriage, supermarket shopping and thoughts on midlife career changes were so hilarious it had the audience in tears.
If you get the chance, make sure you catch Paul Ego live. It’s an experience you don’t want to miss.
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