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'Killer' Comedy About Killing

What makes a seemingly normal person turn into a killer? Is a comedy about killing something you should attend when it arrives as part of the 2004 New Zealand International Comedy Festival?

When searching his own name on the internet, Terry Williams noticed that his website was top of the list, but seven others belonged to murderers on death row proclaiming their innocence. (Then there was the guitarist Terry Williams from Kenny Rogers and the First Edition.)

Comedy producer/performer Terry Williams has read widely about the topic. This monologue with mood swings presents a series of fictional characters who each reveal something of themselves in retrospective justifications of their murders. Comedy is about connection and what draws the audience in is that everyone will relate to their observations. "All of us will have had days like that guy did. We just didn't kill someone as a result."

The title '360 Degrees Of Terry Williams' comes from 360 degrees Celsius being the temperature at which the human body will literally explode. Besides says Williams, "If my show title starts with a number instead of a letter, then it appears at the top of the list!"

Comedy is riddled with violent expressions. Jokes die, audiences split their sides laughing and comedians who do well are said to have killed. What better medium than comedy to delve into the darkness in all of us? Charlie Chaplin once said, "Comedy is tragedy plus time."

As the audiences leave, the question they may well be asking themselves is why more seemingly normal people don't kill? Maybe because they have laughter as a safety release? The shows runs May 5th to 8th at the Covert Theatre with bookings open now on 366-6667 .

No audience members are harmed during the performance of this show.


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