there’s the international comedy festival on in Auckland and it’s great. we took the kids to see the Mr Boon show on Saturday which was totally excellent and featured standup by Jared Christmas (seen above on the way to his own gig this evening)
and then this evening i saw the most excellent Al Pitcher who is also an observer of the mundane and a great noticer through the media of photography. he’s also a fantastic stand up comedian.
i was pleased to see a number of photos taken in auckland which have also appeared here on funkypancake so we’re tuned in to the same things.
If you are in Auckland for the next few days go and catch him before he exports himself. more details here
oh, and i had morning coffee with David Farrier this morning which was also very cool.
a jolly good day (despite me being rubbish at taking people photos in the dark)
i sat on the front row next to Leigh Hart, although i didn’t know it at the time
you know sometimes you go to something and you think, wow, that was special. well, that was how it was. And you can go and see it yourself on either of the next two sundays if you are in Auckland !
it’s nigel planer who kindly let me take his photo as he went about his business. he’s better known as his alter ego neil on the young ones who of course sang ‘hole in my shoe’. My favourite bit ever is around 40 seconds in to this . the timeless wonder of it: we sow the seed, nature grows the seed etc. A quick youtube search for ‘nigel planer’ reveals how many fantastic comedies he’s been involved with.
i took a couple of photos then a lady with a clipboard came and asked if i was a paparazzi photographer. so i told her i wasn’t and she seemed to be ok with that.
i walked 20km on thursday and at one point nearly crashed in to lenny
henry (his fault, i was walking along minding my own business [as much
as i ever do with camera in hand] and he was talking on the phone and
suddenly turned round in to my path