NZICF 2018: Marcel Lucont Etc. – A Chat Show

Storyteller, singer, poet, host – is there anything Marcel Lucont can’t do? (He will tell you the answer is no.) New Zealand’s favourite haughty French flâneur brings his acclaimed late night chat show to this year’s Festival which features live music and a different guest each night.

We are told at the start that this is a chat and jazz show but BYO energy – those accustomed to Marcel Lucont shows know it is always a low-key affair but one that is certainly not low on entertainment value. Lucont’s saucy tales and witty repartee are fittingly complemented by the jazzy tunes of house band The Marcelites (because of course they would be named after the bon vivant himself).

Lucont kicks off the proceedings with a jazz chat where he gets to know the audience and show off his improvisational rhyming chops in one fell swoop. Kiwi audiences tend to be a lot less forthcoming so most of the dialogue was one-sided but this doesn’t faze him one bit; in keeping with his character, he effortlessly uses it as an opportunity to show you can’t best him.

The chat show portion of the evening sees Lucont settle in for a conversation with an invited guest; in this instance it was musical comedy duo The Fan Brigade. This evening was definitely a treat as when you put a hedonistic Frenchman and two sassy ladies together it’s no surprise the evening takes a brilliantly bawdy turn.

Etc. – A Chat Show is a guaranteed good time which gives Marcel Lucont fans the chance to enjoy his famous sex poetry and hedonistic escapades again as well as introduce first-timers to his deliciously risqué brand of comedy gold. It is the perfect late night rendezvous to start off your weekend.  

Marcel Lucont Etc. – A Chat Show is on tonight and tomorrow at Q Theatre before heading to San Fran in Wellington. For more info and to book tickets, click here.

The Fan Brigade are performing in Wellington 8-12 May at Te Auaha in Wellington. Their Auckland season is the following week however they are all but sold out so they have added an extra show on 19 May at 5:30pm – best book now before you miss out! For more info, click here.

 

NZICF 2017: The Fan Brigade – Don’t Ask The Fan Brigade

Livi and Amanda, the two vivacious ladies that make up The Fan Brigade take to the stage with a gusto and bravado which far supersede the cosy space they are performing in. They instantly win the crowd over with their cheeky opening banter – you just know you’re in for a cracker of a show.

Don’t Ask The Fan Brigade brings us more of this dynamic duo’s trademark tongue-in-cheek and unabashedly risqué brand of musical comedy. Their opening number berating a boyfriend that watches too much porn gets the gasps and guffaws going from the get-go and is the perfect taster for what is to come.

This year’s repertoire boasts a deliciously saucy setlist that include a satisfying rhyming track about their visit to the RSA, a “Lana Del Rey-ish” ballad about shitty exes and a side-splitting song detailing the horrors of having sex in a public toilet. In between tunes, they deliver comic commentary on several hot topics and at the ’40 minute slum’ they even throw in an interactive game show for good measure.

It’s unquestionable: Livi and Amanda are a talented pair who complement each other superbly. They are a triple threat – gifted singer-songwriters, engaging performers and adept comedians in their own right. Every tune is melodically sound and has been deftly crafted with excellent witticisms and clever wordplay which pack a comedic punch.

Don’t Ask The Fan Brigade is a whole lot of fun – it’s brilliantly bawdy, fabulously facetious and exceedingly entertaining. If you’re looking for something a bit different at the Festival and are not easily offended by off-color humor, this riotous and wildly audacious hour is the ticket.

The Fan Brigade are performing at the Backbeat Bar on 100 K Road until 20th May, with an extra later show on the last day. For more details and to book tickets, click here.