NZICF 2016: Marcel Lucont’s Whine List

Marcel Lucont

After two years away, everyone’s favorite French raconteur and hedonist is back in New Zealand for another ‘cultural exchange’. As with any Marcel Lucont show, it is a low-key affair but one that is dripping with supercilious derision and suggestive repartee.

While away, Lucont has performed in other festivals and during that time he bore witness to a myriad of unsightly and unseemly acts. Subsequently he created the Whine List to provide a means to come together and moan about the annoying, embarrassing and shocking things we have experienced.

This show is slightly different to previous offerings in that there is an interactive element to it with the audience members contributing to said list. From comical first world problems to some truly jaw-dropping outlandish revelations, Lucont plays a quasi ‘agony uncle’ of sorts, responding adeptly to each entry with the perfect blend of mild interest, ridicule and disdain. The cabaret-style seating complements this format brilliantly.

From start to finish Lucont effortlessly had us all in the palm of his hand with his quick wit, sharp tongue and that irresistible French charm. His comedic timing is flawless and there is something oddly captivating about this wonderfully haughty bon vivant’s trademark deadpan delivery of narcissistic humor.

In between whines, we are also educated and entertained in that special Lucont way. We learn things like what happens if you raise your glass incorrectly and how he feels Easter should actually be celebrated. Hilarious videos are played, his saucy memoirs shared and of course no Marcel Lucont show is complete without his signature unabashed provocative sex poetry.

The participatory nature of the show means each one will be a truly unique and unpredictable experience but with Monsieur Lucont at the helm, I have no doubt that the outcome will satisfy each and every time. Whine List is an exceptional and superbly written hour of irreverent comedy that is deliciously audacious, fabulously sardonic and wildly entertaining.

5-stars

Whine List is on at 7pm at the Comedy Chamber in the Auckland Town Hall until April 30th before heading to San Fran for its Wellington season from May 2nd – 7th. For more details and to book tickets, click here.

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