Laugh along with your family

By Cindy McQuade

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Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai from The Laughing Samoans.
Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai from The Laughing Samoans.

The Laughing Samoans are back this weekend and they'll be keeping their comedy fresh with Island Time.

Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai have been touring since 2003 and they will keep the laughs coming by performing a series of skits taking Aunty Tala, Uncle Sam, Paul and Victor, and friends, on a trip to explore the islands of the Pacific.

Their shows are often sell-outs in Rotorua and Ete puts this down to the fact that their shows are family-friendly.

"It's a rarity in comedy now where you can have kids and their parents going to a show. We have had three generations come to our show and it is a real joy to see kids bringing parents and parents bringing kids and grandparents to our show," said Ete.

Not only are the Laughing Samoans popular here, audiences across the Tasman and Pacific appreciate them. The duo performed 23 times in Australia last year.

After 13 years on stage, what keeps The Laughing Samoans from going stale?

"Each show we do, we try to make it as good, if not better, than the previous show ... It is never taking your audience for granted," said Ete.

"Rotorua has always been a really good place to come and we have always had good support there."


* What: The Laughing Samoans Island Time

* Where: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

* When: Tomorrow 5pm, 8pm

- Rotorua Daily Post

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