It’s that time of year again folks; the NZ International Comedy Festival, a month dedicated to chuckles, giggles, and belly laughs. It was fairly clear skies, lightly overcast with a pleasant temperature of 18ºC with little threat of rain – the perfect sort of night to stuff myself into a shoe-box sized venue in the middle of Auckland and watch some comedy. Said shoe-box was the Q Theatre Cellar, which I made my way down to this pleasant Friday to see Tallflower, the debut solo show of Aiken Hutcheson.
The room was standard fair, a mic and a stool, classic stand up fittings, indicating this was to be a pure hour of stand up, and the creativity was to be weaved through the spoken word, a suspicion that was proved right more or less from the get go.
The theme of the night was creativity, Aiken is certainly quite a creative comedian. He started with self deprecating remarks about himself, and became acquainted with the audience with his own unique brand of audience interaction questions, to humorous effect and to establish his own sense of social awkwardness.
The bulk of his show was an examination of Aiken’s life as a tall and socially awkward man, in this Aiken enthralled us with observations, storytelling, and smatterings of social commentary with the occasional whimsical tangent. His perspective was certainly refreshing, as regaled us with his take on gym paper towels, the implications of cat calling and who should be allowed to have pockets, as well as his own experiences socially and romantically as a socially awkward and in his own words “gangly.” man.
Tallflower was an enjoyable way to kick off the month ahead. It was a creative hour of comedy, with the highs and lows one would expect out of an hour long set. A punchy show which mixed storytelling, offbeat observations, and clever one-liners, Aiken is a master of the mic and the craft, able to identify his assets and use them to his advantage. His appearance lent itself to some great physical comedy, he was also able to weave his audience interactions into the show, which was a great way to make the audience feel involved. If you love a heavy dose of creativity in your comedy then Tallflower is a great way to spend an hour on a pleasant Saturday evening.
Who: Aiken Hutcheson
When: 27 – 28 April
Where: The Cellar at Q Theatre
- Refreshing comedic perspective
- Brilliant audience interaction
- Great physical comedy