NZ Comedy Festival: Jamie Bowen

Where have we seen you before?

Either rummaging through a dumpster out the back of your favourite Chinese restaurant or you might have seen me on stage. I've done TV, too. 7 Days, Aotearoha, A Night at the Classic and Crimewatch.

My comedy festival show is called:

Heart Goes Boom

Due to it mainly being about:

The moments in life where your heart feels like it may actually explode with emotion; either in a good way or a bad way. Those big life moments where the heart goes BOOM.

The idea behind it having been inspired by:

Nearly exploding my heart and head during a rough year in my life and learning that laughing my way through it was the best thing I could do. Laughter is our greatest weapon, etc.

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

Pretty much how I am offstage, maybe just slightly more animated. I've also most likely showered and washed the marks out of my shirt from rummaging around in that dumpster.

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

That people might think I'm using the stage as therapy, but I'm not. I've got a therapist for that. His name is Bob and he recites old Chinese proverbs which may or may not be helping me out.

But I think the show is just as funny as:

Real life. Some of the funniest things that happen in life you couldn't write if you tried. This show's about that.

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

Laughing at life.

But do head along if your idea of great live comedy involves:

Laughing at life. And knob jokes, hidden behind deep philosophical musings.

Or if you are fans of:

Mighty beards. If you are, just come along and stare at my beard for an hour. It's worth the ticket price.

Though if you sit down the front be warned:

I may try and engage you in normal human conversation that won't be aimed at embarrassing you, unless you decide to embarrass yourself by showing a complete lack of decorum and geniality. We're all just trying to get through this together, buddy.

For me, this is NZ comedy festival number:

15? I've performed in 13 of them and held the bar up at the other two.

Which makes me:

Wonder whether it's time for a career change. Maybe as a panda fluffer? That exists as a job.

Where/when:

Basement Theatre, May 6-10, 8.45pm.

- NZ Herald

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