Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Stand Up For Charlie: What Does It Take To Roast A Dead Man?


Stand Up For Charlie – What Does It Take To Roast A Dead Man?

Written by: Will Agnew
Directed by: Chris Swney

A group of stand up comedians deal with grief, guilt and responsibility after the celebrity they verbally destroy at a comedy roast commits suicide.

Stand Up For Charlie is a dark comedy centred on the people who make us laugh for a living. It's an examination on what it means to get a laugh out of an audience -- and just how far we'll go to do it.

When the comedians are offered by a seedy entertainment manager to take part in a 'Post Roast' - a comedy roast dedicated to the already dead Charlie, questions, emotions and the dead are all raised, as the nature of comedy and the power of words are put on display. Just what does it take to roast a dead man?

The play promises to be an interesting character study on the pressure it takes to make other people laugh, and how instilling happiness in other people doesn't necessarily guarantee happiness in you. The shallow portrayal of the entertainment industry and the nature of celebrity are elements also explored in the play.
It's edgy -- the show's subject matter, along with the stand up routines that accompany it and the no holds barred, ugly truth the characters present to the audience allow a controversial look at comedy and what it means to entertain.

The first play by recent MA graduate Will Agnew from the International Institute of Modern Letters and directed by frequent Long Cloud Theatre collaborator and Victoria University student Chris Swney, Stand Up For Charlie promises to be a fresh, unique and energetic show that pushes the boundaries of comedy and gives the audience something to think about.

93 Kelburn Parade – Drama House Studio
8.30pm
Previews: Thurs 28th Feb, Fri 1st + Sat 2nd Mar
Season: Tues 5th – Sat 9th Mar

Tickets at: slavelabourproductions@gmail.com
$14 Full
$12 Concession
$10 Fringe Addicts/Artists/Preview Shows

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Architecture:
Ian Athfield Dies In Wellington

New Zealand Institute of Architects: It is with great sadness that we inform Members that Sir Ian Athfield, one of New Zealand's finest architects, has passed away in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington Production: New-Look Tracy Brothers Are F.A.B.

ITV and New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures today released an exclusive preview of the new-look Tracy brothers from this year’s hotly anticipated new series, Thunderbirds Are Go. More>>

ALSO:

Cardinal Numbers:
Pope Francis Names Archbishop From NZ Among New Cardinals

Announcing a list of bishops to be made Cardinals in February Pope Francis named Archbishop John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington, overnight from Rome. On hearing the news of the announcement, Archbishop John Dew said "This news is recognition of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the contribution it makes to the global Catholic family." More>>

ALSO:

Nomenclature: Charlotte And Oliver Top Baby Names For 2014

Charlotte and Oliver were the most popular names for newborn girls and boys in 2014... The top 100 girls’ and boys’ names make up a small proportion of the more than 12,000 unique first names registered for children born this year, says Jeff Montgomery, Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriage. More>>

Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news