Comedians seek opening act

By Kristin Macfarlane

Kiwi comedians Guy Williams and Rose Matafeo are going on tour this week performing a stand up comedy show at community halls, old folks associations and public toilets across the country. The pair will perform in Tauranga on Friday and in Rotorua on Saturday.  

He and fellow Kiwi comedian Rose Matafeo are going on tour this week performing stand up comedy shows around New Zealand.

Their tour, called National Tour of the Nation, will see the pair perform at community halls, old folks homes and public toilets across the country. The show would be a one-hour comedy show, which would be shared between Williams and Matafeo.

The tour will celebrate Williams winning the Billy T Award in 2012 - an award Matafeo, who is Williams' partner, was also a contender for. While stoked to have won the award, Williams says Rose "should've won", especially considering he based a lot of his material on what Matafeo says. He says she's probably a little funnier than he is.

Audience members would be treated to some laughs and may even be treated to tea and biscuits, he said.

One of the most important aspects of the show is the cost - to attend, audience members only need to pay a koha (donation), which he says doesn't necessarily mean a cash donation.

"We would be keen for anything ... we need everything," Williams said.

He said because of the low cost of the show there wasn't much of a risk of people losing too much from attending.

"If you don't like it then chuck 20 cents in the bin."

Williams, 25, said "It's going to be an absolute shambles of a show."

Williams said he would do everything he could to get a laugh out of the audience. He said if the crowd didn't think he was funny, he wouldn't stop until they did.

Three things you may not know about Williams include - he's terrified of Zorbing, he doesn't want to mock Rotorua's fart smell and he is a loose cannon.

Williams, who ultimately wants to have his own New Zealand version of Carson Daly's late-night talk show, encouraged Rotorua residents to head along to the Linton Park Community Centre on Saturday which "could be the greatest show on earth".

Meanwhile, Williams was also keen to hear from Tauranga and Rotorua locals who wanted to showcase their own comedy skills as the warm up act.

He said they were searching for a local opening act to perform in each city and there was only one pre-requisite - they had to be pretty funny.

To confirm a booking or find out more about the warm up act for the Guy and Rose National Tour of the Nation, email them.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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