Your New Favourite Comedian is actually a bit of an old favourite.
This is Southern’s tenth solo show and, as ever, it’s a solid, no-gimmicks hour of whip-quick stand-up. Warming up with some interaction and liberal use of his
That’s A Fun Fact jingle, Southern segues into engaging anecdotes, recounting the boozy wine tour on which he met his wife and recalling earlier careers as a theatre educator and wine waiter.
To sum up in comedy sommelier vernacular: a cheeky number that only gets better with age.
Ben Blackman - Keeepingupwithnz.com'4 Stars - Gordon Southern is a highly energetic comedian who gets a bit shouty at times but this adds to his dramatic approach. A brilliant actor himself, Southern will take you through some of the finer points of fine-wine and provide an insightful review of Australian wine tours...'open/close
I have never been to Vault @ Q Theatre, but now I that I have I would advise against multiple layers. it gets toasty and no one can escape the house lights exposure of forehead shine. I was there to see Gordon Southern’s ‘Your New Favourite Comedian’, the funny man who is a big fan of the Swedish rock band The Hives. Gordon Southern is a highly energetic comedian who gets a bit shouty at times but this adds to his dramatic approach. A brilliant actor himself, Southern will take you through some of the finer points of fine-wine and provide an insightful review of Australian wine tours.
Gordon used to be a wine waiter you see and like many in the hospitality industry will provide you with some valuable life lessons that you will probably not listen to. Liking taking drugs for instance, many comedians during this festival have flippantly warned against the dangers of drugs but obviously haven’t tried K2 or Thai High – the joke would be on them then. There was some advocacy for drinking and in my opinion Gordon Southern is definitely someone you would like to meet at the bar, and it would probably save you buying a ticket to his show (which I strongly recommend by the way).
It was Gordon Southern’s first show of the festival, and his dynamism was quite a shock for Tuesday night punters. But not to worry, Kiwi’s get hammered nightly from Wednesday night onwards and I suggest going to this show with a moderate to heavy night planned. Also, if you like The Hives then it’s festival goer’s comedy wet dream.
This annual showcase of great Brits has become a festival favourite, a guarantee of class acts punching out the puns in a packed 60 minutes. Hosted by the always on-song Dan Willis, this particular night’s line-up featured Tom Binns, Geoff Boyz, Gordon Southern and Ian Cognito. Binns slipped into one of his most popular disguises – hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury, whose inappropriate patter and song selection hit the right note with the audience. A perfect opener.
Physical comedy is very much a part of Scotsman Boyz’s act and he was soon bouncing around the stage. It has to be said his opening gags were better than some closing lines that missed the mark. But as he even said, they were funny lines that deserved better appreciation.
Southern’s festival show is called Your New Favourite Comedian. And on this effort, it’s no idle boast. This likeable performer’s ad libs were quick and clever, covering a range of topics and never really missing a beat.
Foreign interpretation of our indigenous football code has been fertile yet predictable ground for comedians for years. Yet Southern’s take on footy at the ’G made it sound fresh again.
The night was rounded out by the Cockney Cognito, who is not a performer for the faint-hearted. Aggressive, confrontational, loud and deliberatively offensive may not sound like a fun time and many people were shifting uncomfortably in their seats. But amid it all there were plenty of great lines.
His style is a real challenge. You have been warned.
The performers use this showcase as a teaser to lure people to their solo shows. Going by the Gordon Southern flyers that were, um, flying off the table, it’s likely his upcoming shows might have just got a whole lot busier.
Gordon Southern looks like he is having so much fun onstage. He bounces around right on the edge of control like the front man of his favourite band, The Hives, and his enthusiasm for the band, his wife, New Zealand, and performing are utterly infectious.
His show is mainly through two or three big personal stories, with amusing detours on the way. Some early audience interaction gets us nicely warmed up, though I'm found out as a critic on the way. Southern handles this curve ball easily, tossing in references to what should and shouldn't be covered in this review all night long, along with references to the IT worker, software tester, and Irish/Scottish couple found along the way. I am always fearful of volunteering information here, but despite how uncomfortable I must have made Southern, he never makes me feel bad in return.
The show's pacing is breath-takingly fast, bouncing from story to digression and back like a hyperactive pinball machine. It's tight. The tangents always loop back around to the main story just before I lose the plot.