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


Lady comedy surprisingly comedic

MEDIA RELEASE: For Immediate Release

16 June 2014

Lady comedy surprisingly comedic

Taking off The Bird Suit, a new show at BATS Theatre looks to combine two mutually exclusive concepts - women and comedy.

“I called an audition for an improv show and all these women turned up. I was assuming that we’d do serious scenes about menstruation and other women’s issues just like we always do, but instead this wide variety of scenes unfolded featuring varied and interesting characters. Some were even funny. It was *super* weird,” says Christine Brooks, director of the show.

Cherie Jacobson, Programme Manager at BATS Theatre on programming this perversion of the natural order said BATS Theatre has a commitment to diversity.

“These women are really pushing the boundaries of comedy which is great because BATS is all about new work and taking risks - but we don’t actually expect Taking Off The Bird Suit to be good or funny. That’s just not the purpose of this show. It's more about letting women have a go.”

A local comedian who didn’t want to be named said that he *might* try to attend but that his standards “will definitely be lower” than for regular improv shows.

“It’s not a criticism - women and men are just good at different things, right? Actually, that reminds me, I’m working on some killer material on gender differences for my stand-up set.”

Christopher Hitchens, thought leader and deceased life expert explained that it was “a pretty big call” to put on a show like this as “it’s a biological fact” that women are not as funny as men. He wished “good luck to the little ladies” and winked that he’d be “rooting for them” beyond the grave.

Despite the fact that all the experts on comedy and women have explained why the show will fail, the childless Brooks remained hopeful, saying that she will proceed with it anyway.

“There are some really talented women in this show.”

Bookings are open now at


Abby Howells, Bryony Langford, Caitlin McNaughton, Cathy-Ellen Paul, Catriona Tipene, Jennifer O’Sullivan, Karen Anslow, Susan Williams, and Rose Cann.

With Tilomai Solia-Matafeo on music and Mary Little on lights.

Directed by Christine Brooks.

Profits from the show will be donated to Wellington Rape Crisis.

Taking off the Bird Suit

Dates: 24 - 28 June 2014

Venue: BATS Theatre (Out of Site)

More Info:



© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Review - A Girl Named Mo

Moana Ete brought her three-piece band A Girl Named Mo to Wellington's intimate and iconic Bats Theatre last week for a five-night residency. Each show was recorded and filmed live for the release of her debut album 'Platonic/Romantic' on Loop records later this year. More>>

For The Birds: Who Will Be Crowned Bird Of The Year?

The competition involves well-known and enthusiastic New Zealanders acting as ‘campaign managers’ for their favourite birds with many going to great lengths to get New Zealanders to vote for their chosen bird... More>>


  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Gordon Campbell: On Bob Dylan's Nobel (And The Surplus)

    So Bob Dylan has just won the Nobel Prize for… Literature? Wow. I’d be just as happy if he’d won for his work on particle physics (“One Grain of Sand”, “Simple Twist of Fate”) or got the Economics prize for his work on the theory of contracting (“Don’t Think Twice Its Alright”) ... More>>


    Scoop Review Of Books: Whose Goat Was That?

    Mysterious Mysteries of Aro Valley is a sharp, satirical and sometimes downright scary romp through and around that valley in ways that made me question the realities of the places I thought I knew so well. More>>


    NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

    Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


    Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

    Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news