Chelsea McEwan Millar - Gatherandhunt.co.nz'Elwood references himself as your standard white male, middle of the road comedian, yet he’s not at all. The intellectual arguments he has for some of the common tropes of stand up comedy such as religion, gay marriage and gun control are passionately fought for and very specifically thought through, and set him a part from your typical “she’ll be right, have a beer” kiwi bloke... 'open/close
Jeremy Elwood is one of the lions of New Zealand comedy, having been at it for over 15 years his obvious comfort on stage is immediate. He engages us easily and conversationally, so much so that one of the first stories he tell us is of his last performance, two nights previous, where around 5 audience members in the front row were all ready for a bit of a chat! Not heckling, just agreeing with his points, offering their two cents and generally up for a good old chin wag with the guy they know from their tele.
To be honest I can see why, Elwood sets up the strange little concrete box that is the Q Vault as if you’ve come out tonight to have a beer with ya mate. Though this beer will most certainly diverge into a philosophical debate as the evening progresses.
Elwood references himself as your standard white male, middle of the road comedian, yet he’s not at all. The intellectual arguments he has for some of the common tropes of stand up comedy such as religion, gay marriage and gun control are passionately fought for and very specifically thought through, and set him a part from your typical “she’ll be right, have a beer” kiwi bloke.
He invites you in and lets you see how the cogs in his brain work so that even if you don’t agree with a particular point of view, you are still right there with him. And despite being unapologetic in his opinions, he never chastises or judges the audience for whatever their beliefs may be. (“Though they’re wrong”, he’ll probably point out.)
Oh, and did I mention it’s really funny?
Because it’s really funny.
This is a solid, well presented and thoughtful show presented in an arrogance-free “this is what I think” manner by a true pro. I highly recommend getting along to see him.
You’ll have seen him on 7 days, AoteroHA and many other places. He is one of New Zealand’s premiere comedians and has been performing across the country and overseas for 15 years, and his show will definitely not disappoint. I turned up to Jeremy Elwood’s Show at The Q theatre and we were all shuffled into the vault, a stuffy basement type room with a small stage. People were all buzzing and chatting to those they had come with when Jeremy Elwood came through the side door and took his place on the stage. He began the show by asking the audience about themselves and cracking some jokes about where people had come from, as he teased his actual show.
When he began Jeremy Elwood delivered an entertaining hour of comedy with a focus on politics, religion and current affairs. How can these three important and often controversial things be funny? Well … we all like to take the mickey out of politics, religion and ridiculous news stories but Elwood is the master at doing this! He was hilarious but enlightening and left the audience wanting more at the end of the hour.
His show is definitely a must see in the comedy festival, you will be laughing away, as he cleverly delivers his show in a way that also makes you think about the issues facing today’s society.
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Elwood is one of my favourite NZ comedians. He is like a homegrown Bill Hicks but far more laid back – less acid, more craft beer. It’s his witty and clever insights on current affairs and the news that make him such a star. I’ve always found him to be the highlight on 7 Days, and his performance last night proved why.
His confidence on the stage and the intimacy of the Vault (an excellent addition to the Q Theatre space) make for a very special performance that is quite simply a must see. If you are only going to see one NZ comedian this season, make it Elwood.
It was good to see Labour Party MP David Parker in the audience and a real delight was having NZs finest spoken word performance poet, Tourettes, make a special guest appearance.
This is so 5 stars.
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I always enjoy Jeremy Elwood, he restores my faith in male stand-up comedians. He is funny, irreverent and sweary while also managing to be passionate, informed and intelligent. I appreciate that this also puts off some comedy goers, which is fine as when audiences self-select for comedians they appreciate, everyone wins.
Great stories of his experiences in Las Vegas, being in San Francisco at the perfect moment in history; keen observations on what constitutes current events in New Zealand, the state of politics, the endearing behaviour of old flatmates.
The beat poet on film is different and original, and Tourette's is great, so why not. It does break the continuity of a live show a little, but the element of a conversation between Elwood and the screen is kind of fun. The Tourette's poem about what it means to grow older very much nails the experience, for me anyway.
Matt Baker - Theatrescenes.co.nz'His biting commentary chews up and spits out everything and anything in its path, from the comedic landmines of politics and religion, to gun control and the media...'open/close
While Jeremy Elwood admits to being a typical stand up comic in regards to his age, race, and gender, the 38-year-old white male is actually a rarity, that is, a New Zealand comedian who has sustained a professionally public career in stand-up comedy for the better part of 15 years.
Elwood’s social criticism and satire is reminiscent of the late Bill Hicks and Lenny Bruce, the latter of whom when reading court documents on stage was asked to tell jokes, replying, “These are the jokes.” That’s not to say that Elwood doesn’t deliver great punch-lines, or just rant for an hour, simply that he embraces the opportunity offered through comedy to express his musings via a rhetorical dialogue.
His biting commentary chews up and spits out everything and anything in its path, from the comedic landmines of politics and religion, to gun control and the media.
While his fundamental views could be interpreted by either side as part of the liberal or even conservative (both parties are open playing fields) agenda, this just goes to show that regardless of his personal opinions, Elwood implores people to think for themselves, and be less socially and politically apathetic. He’s not pontificating, he’s being polemical, because these things mean something to him – and they should to all of us.
My only criticism on his performance was that he seemed to hold back, however, I would put this down to a curbing of his ferocity in response to the vocally quiet Tuesday night audience. A well-seasoned traveller, it would be interesting to see how his comedy is interpreted in the United States, where he has often performed. New Zealanders, however, should take the time to reintroduce themselves to one of our best long-standing comedians.
Red Nicholson - Macandmae.com'From the lofty heights of the Pope to the very topical legalisation debate, Elwood took us on a rollicking journey through the muddy waters of vaccination ethics, gun control, and Colin Craig...'open/close
Isn’t the comedy fest a curious beast, with international heavyweights competing with local staples for audience pockets. For comparison, it’s a bit like a two-week music festival featuring Beyonce and Moana & The Moa-Hunters on the same night. Who, really, would shell out a twenty to see Moana when for a little bit more could see Beyonce?
I asked myself the comedy equivalent of this question last night when I went to see long-serving NZ comic Jeremy Elwood, who was performing on the same night as Stephen K Amos. Would anyone actually turn up? It’s a Tuesday, after all. Thankfully, I needn’t have worried; it turns out Elwood has quite the loyal following, if his Tuesday night crowd was anything to go by. Even he sounded surprised by the boisterous turn-out.
Early on, he set the ground rules. No talking, he says. He recounted a troublesome front row from his Saturday night show who “wouldn’t stop chatting”. However, this wouldn’t really be a problem for the next 45 minutes, as his set provided little in the way of genuine audience participation. This in itself isn’t an issue; perhaps Elwood just didn’t feel like conversing with us. Which is of course his prerogative, but combined with the casual slurs in our direction (he told his audience that he was referring to his notes mid-routine “because I don’t respect you” and referred to us at least once as “you f*ckers”), I’m just not sure it created the most positive rapport through which to deliver laughs.
Thankfully, the laughs flowed freely anyway. It’s worth noting that if you appreciate finely-crafted, nuanced comedy with ‘jokes from before’, this probably isn’t the show for you, but if you’re into jovial social commentary and enjoy current-affairs-laden gags in a casual atmosphere then you’ll have a great time. Last night’s audience certainly seemed to. From the lofty heights of the Pope to the very topical legalisation debate, Elwood took us on a rollicking journey through the muddy waters of vaccination ethics, gun control, and Colin Craig.
In the end, I decided that to beat Beyonce, Moana & The Moa-Hunters need a hook. And Elwood definitely has one. In many ways, his show could be named “7Days: Elwood Edition”, and combined with two delicious interludes from Auckland rapper and artist Tourettes, he definitely holds his own in a crowded festival market. Beyonce, watch out.