NZ Comedy Festival: Jonny Brugh and Jackie Van Beek

Another comedy festival questionnaire asking the acts why we need to see their shows.

Jonny Brugh and Jackie Van Beek have a lot riding on their new festival show.
Jonny Brugh and Jackie Van Beek have a lot riding on their new festival show.

Where have we seen you before?

JB: Jackie Brown Diaries, How To Meet Girls From A Distance, Sugar & Spice comedy duo and My Brother and I are Pornstars.

JVB: I was in a show called My Brother and I are Pornstars a few years back. Been on the telly in Best Bits this month also in Rhys Darby's show Short Poppies - although I was made to wear a box over my head.

Our comedy festival show is called: Flashdunce.

Due to it mainly being about ...

JB: My successful audition for the New York dance company.

JVB : It's a sketch show and nothing to do with the movie Flashdance although there is a two minute dance number and we may still make a sketch about welding.

The idea behind it having been inspired by ...

JB: I would dance like I've never danced before and they would love it so much they would make me their lead.

JVB: Jon and I ... figured a sketch show would let us do it all without having to fight over the best idea.

Compared with how I am in everyday life the person you will see on stage is ...

JB: Tall, mysterious and dangerously smart.

JVB: Mildly more attractive.

The one thing I worry about the most performing this show is ...

JB: That someone will take me seriously.

JVB: Jon.

But I think the show is just as funny as ...

JB: Heaven

JVB: Rose Matafeo's show last year.

It may not be for you if you're offended by ...

JB: Sexist stereotypes and culture deficiencies

JVB: Bad language, bad accents, and horses.

But head along if your idea of great live comedy involves ...

JB: Life and death domestic banalities.

JVB: Dysfunctional love stories - with jokes.

Or if you are fans of ...

JVB: Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Chris Morris, The Mighty Boosh.

Though if you sit down the front be warned ...

JB: You will get an unprecedented view.

JVB: Smoke, sweat, Jon losing his balance.

For me, this is NZ comedy festival number ...

JB: Seven.

JVB: Two.

Which makes us ...

JB: Festive

JVB: Busy doing other things since my last show eight years ago. God has it been that long?!

Where/when: Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland, April 25-May 3.

- NZ Herald

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