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Comedy.co.nz Productions Ltd Presents 

Tim FitzHigham

The Gambler

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Multi award-winning comedian, author and world record holder Tim FitzHigham is a man who loves a challenge - he once rowed the English Channel in a bathtub. Recently, Tim spent a year lost to ‘gambling archaeology’ recreating the harebrained bets of his gentlemen adventurer forebears.

The result is this show about the 10 ‘greatest bets’ in history, The Gambler.

“Tim FitzHigham is unhinged. He is completely without hinges” – Eddie Izzard, UK Comedian

“Gut bustingly funny” – The Scotsman, UK

"his manic energy fills the stage admirably" - Theatreview.org.nz

www.comedy.co.nz

Watch Tim's interview with Paul Henry here


 

Showing In:

Auckland Wellington

Dates:

Mon 5 - Sat 10 May & Mon 12 - Sat 17 May, 7.15pm

Venues:

The Classic Studio, Auckland

Tickets:

Adults $30.00
Conc. $25.00
Groups 10+ $25.00* service fees may apply

Bookings:

0800 TICKETEK (842 538)

Show Duration:

1 hour
 

Critics Review

Courteney Peters - Gatherandhunt.co.nz'... low giggles and grow slowly into great rumbling belly chuckles as the story progresses and the audience gets to know Fitzhigham's charming ways.'open/close


Tim Fitzhigham has a lovely name, very posh sounding. He wears shirts that are far too big for him and comes across from the outset as a bit of an eccentric. The entire way through his show he reminded me of Richard Hammond from Top Gear - he had the same mannerisms and faced madness with the same maniacal grin. It must have been this, but also the structure of the show itself that caused me liken The Gambler to a cross between Top Gear and a documentary on The History Channel, perhaps narrated by David Attenborough.

The premise of Fitzhigham's show is that he took on the ten stupidest bets from English history and tried to beat them over the course of a year. It led to him doing some pretty idiotic things, but that shouldn't be all that surprising given this is the guy who rowed across the English channel in a copper-bottomed bath. And paddled the entire length of the Thames in a paper canoe.

During his hour length show Fitzhigham tells the tale of his journey toward becoming the greatest/stupidest gambler of all time. He’s a masterful storyteller, and the best thing is that the stories he tells are all true, he backs them up with images and videos that play on the screen behind him. I found myself alternately giggling and cringing the entire time as I heard tell of broken ribs and severed fingers and other, nastier injuries Fitzhigham sustained all for the sake of winning bets.

The laughs in The Gambler build over time, they begin as low giggles and grow slowly into great rumbling belly chuckles as the story progresses and the audience gets to know Fitzhigham's charming ways. There aren't many comedy shows where you'll find yourself perched on the edge of your seat in suspense for the whole time, this is the one, it was just so much fun.

For the original review head to:
http://gatherandhunt.co.nz/Stories/comedy-rr-tim-fitzhigham
Dan Rutledge - TV3news.co.nz'A highly enjoyable weird show from a weird guy, and a welcome dose of originality for the festival...'open/close
Tim FitzHigham's 2014 NZ comedy festival show The Gambler is an inspiring, refreshing and delightful hour of entertainment.

The show is an audiovisual-aided guide to a collection of amazing feats, crazy bets and the injuries FitzHigham suffered in trying to trying to pull them off.

I grew up loving the Guinness Book of World Records and admiring entries like the tallest man ever or the smallest adult ever. But in recent years I've grown to hate the thing as it got to be less about actually amazing stuff and more about the first person to run backwards around Morrinsville carrying an egg in a spoon, or something equally as meaningless.

But there are some silly records that aren't meaningless, and there have certainly been some super silly bets made throughout history that are truly fascinating. FitzHigham is a man with a passion for learning about England's greatest gamblers and trying to out-do them at their super silly bets.

It's a shame we don't celebrate these wildly eccentric bets English gentlemen have made over the last few centuries, but thankfully FitzHigham is eccentric enough to have researched them thoroughly enough to produce this hour-long show based on them. It would spoil some of the fun if I gave you an example of what these bets are, but I can assure you I enjoyed hearing about them a lot, largely thanks to FitzHigham's spirited comedy show-cum-lecture.

Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Tim-FitzHigham---The-Gambler-review/tabid/418/articleID/342890/Default.aspx#ixzz30tbC138m
Gabrielle Beran - Theatreview.org.nz'... classic British comedy.'open/close
Tim Fitzhigham's solo show, The Gambler is a pleasant jaunt with a man who has put his body on the line in pursuit of a good bet. Based around the ten wackiest bets that Fitzhigham found in old gentleman's club betting books, the show is well structured and flows smoothly; a perfect introduction to stand-up for anyone unsure of where to start.

Fitzhigham warms up the crowd with some truly funny expository stories which get us on his side for his impending gambles and clearly explains how British he is. This theme reappears later in the night for the only ‘rude' joke to appear in the set. He uses a slideshow for great effect, and give a visual element to his performance that enhances it without being overbearing. The historical elements are a pleasantly educative.

The Gambler is an inoffensive, fun and truly pleasant show. No cringes, no awkward moments and no pushing the boundaries (except maybe for the green leotard), just classic British comedy.

For the full review head to:
http://www.theatreview.org.nz/reviews/review.php?id=7002
Gabrielle Beran - Theatreview.org.nz'Fitzhigham is very comfortable with the audience and asks us to cheer for the outcomes of his ventures throughout the hour, and the added element of some surprise outcomes gives a strong narrative layer to the comedy... 'open/close
Tim Fitzhigham's solo show, The Gambler is a pleasant jaunt with a man who has put his body on the line in pursuit of a good bet. Based around the ten wackiest bets that Fitzhigham found in old gentleman's club betting books, the show is well structured and flows smoothly; a perfect introduction to stand-up for anyone unsure of where to start.

Fitzhigham warms up the crowd with some truly funny expository stories which get us on his side for his impending gambles and clearly explains how British he is. This theme reappears later in the night for the only ‘rude' joke to appear in the set. He uses a slideshow for great effect, and give a visual element to his performance that enhances it without being overbearing. The historical elements are a pleasantly educative.

Read more:
http://www.theatreview.org.nz/reviews/review.php?id=7002
Ingrid Grenar - KeepingupwithNZ.com'4 Stars - Fitzhigham’s show is an entertaining hour that proves to be increasingly addictive with each new pledge, especially as the ante gets upped each time! He’s not only emulating great English eccentrics, he is one!'open/close
A slightly jittery, jet lagged and over excited Tim Fitzhigham leapt onto the Classic Studio stage last night for his Auckland run of the NZ International Comedy Festival.

His show is a little different from your average stand up. The Gambler is the story of Tim’s crazy attempts at fulfilling some Olde-Worlde bets, made by some crazy Olde-Worlde peeps many moons ago. This is a multi award-winning comedian, author and world record holder out to take on the seemingly silliest bets ever.

His recounting of these wagers are aided by video and photography without which, quite frankly, you may not believe a word he says! That’s not to say he doesn’t paint a good picture. His story telling is excellent, even in enthusiasm alone.

This infectious stamina gets the audience onside, and casting their own bets at each farfetched venture. Without wanting to give any spoilers I can tell you that these bets include the use of felt tip pens, cheese, rope, chess and an old bath.

Fitzhigham’s show is an entertaining hour that proves to be increasingly addictive with each new pledge, especially as the ante gets upped each time! He’s not only emulating great English eccentrics, he is one!

If you fancy taking a different type of comedy journey with a competitive edge, many laughs and a little disbelief, then the odds are this is for you.

Read more:
http://keepingupwithnz.com/2014/05/06/tim-fitzhigham-the-classic-studio/
Steve Bennett - Chortle.co.uk'5 Stars - He is a bone fide loveable eccentric – who else, when stumped, would put ‘knight errant’ as his occupation on their daughter’s birth certificate? – and the very embodiment of gung-ho enthusiasm...'open/close
If Tim Fitzhigham didn’t exist, Jules Verne would probably have invented him.

He has always had an air of being slightly out of his time. You can easily picture him as an aristocratic 18th Century gentleman of leisure, taking on ludicrous challenges just to win wagers with the chaps at his Pall Mall club.

And with The Gambler, he has fully embraced that idea; plunging into the archives of such establishments to recreate some of the most preposterous bets in history, the most famous of which is the man vs horse race – to see who triumphs over a 100-yard sprint.

But the more intriguing are far less straightforward. Could he, for example, make the trip from London to Dover and back, under his own steam, before his friend Alex Horne, a similarly obsessive comedian, could make a million dots on a piece of paper?

Plenty of comedians take on a task for their shows, but Fitzhigham has plunged into half a dozen or so, as he rolls cheese boards, shoves wheelbarrows and yanks ropes all to try to prove points that never really needed proving. And my, has he suffered for it, picking up all manner of strange and gruesome injuries en route. His recklessness to his own safety is of course, greatly humorous to the rest of us living vicariously through his exertions.

And that’s the joy of this show; that Fitzhigham utterly immerses himself into the tasks, making him a brilliantly compelling, fired-up guide through the fascinating if obscure subject of historic proposition bets.

He is a bone fide loveable eccentric – who else, when stumped, would put ‘knight errant’ as his occupation on their daughter’s birth certificate? – and the very embodiment of gung-ho enthusiasm. His goggle-eyed passion verges on a mania, which is surely what spurred him on to these challenges in the first place, but it’s all expertly channeled for our entertainment. And he’s so genuine, you can’t help but be swept up in the delights of his adventure.

The show twists and turns, and is so densely packed with incident that the pace, like Fitzhigham’s fervor, never flags. And my, is it funny – mainly from the sheer, audacious ridiculousness of the endeavour, which Fitzhigham happily acknowledges. His own foolhardiness is the biggest joke of the show.

Is this one of the most exhilarating story shows on the Fringe? You bet.

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Phil
Excellent show - highly recommend it. Fast paced, very funny and hugely entertaining.