Review: Stephen Merchant's Hello Ladies

GARY S TRAILL
Last updated 12:34 18/12/2012
Stephen Merchant
LOOKING FOR A WIFE: Stephen Merchant

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Stephen Merchant is comically reasoning his tour with the intention to travel the world and find himself a wife.  The writer, director, actor and funny man lunges onto stage at Wellingtons Opera House for his debut stand-up tour Hello Ladies. 

Famed as co-creator of the original smash hit TV series The Office and Extras I could not wait to see this 'Ogmonster' in the flesh. Standing just over two metres tall he made it a habit to announce many of the humorous attributes associated with being taller than a door frame.

His humour is clever and relevant, watching him on stage, it is easy to see how the magic of his success germinated.  Along with manipulating a member of his audience to give birth to one of his much prized Golden Globes, Merchant had an assortment of topics from airplanes and sharks, right through to dating, childhood, kids and ageing - only dropping the C-bomb once.

A mention must be made to local opening act Simon McKinney, who bought some early laughs to the theatre with his hilarious imitation of the Kiwi female and drum beat puns.

The entire show really was laugh out loud, from beginning to end. Concluding the evening was an amazing little theatrical encore that held enough laughs to leave the audience in stitches.  Hello Ladies is another brilliant addition to the Stephen Merchant catalogue.

Unlike his famous counterpart "you know who", it truly was an honour to see the talented Merchant gracing our shores on this debut tour, establishing that he is thoughtful of his fans way down here in New Zealand ... either that or he really is desperately searching for a wife.

Stephen Merchant - Hello Ladies

WHEN: December 17
WHERE: Opera House, Wellington

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