Pro Comedy Tour pulls into town

00:00, Jul 31 2014

Topics from supermarket robbery and the homeless to how to get a wife crop up in the Pro Comedy Tour pulling into Palmerston North's Dark Room this Saturday.

Wellington comedians Alexander Sparrow and Bas Jeffrey have joined forces for a tour which has been a sellout in Auckland and Wellington. Sparrow said they were mates who had only ever done solo comedy shows and thought it would be good to work together.

"We are charting new territory, we each do solo sets and then team up for about 10 minutes. We have quite different styles, Bas is more the kind of guy that doesn't write his comedy. He is a story teller and is full of anecdotes and he jumps around a lot. Whereas I am more about interaction and communication and people not saying what they mean."

Jeffrey is a Raw Comedy Quest finalist, MC of the show Rock'n Bingo, and was handpicked to be flown down south for the first Picton Comedy Festival. Sparrow is a comedian, writer and performer of the solo shows How To Pick Up Women, It Was Supposed To Be A Joke, and de Sade.

Sparrow is keen to widen his audience and experience touring the show in preparation for heading to the United Kingdom later this year.

"I am booked into a hostel for three days and then who knows. I want to get my play de Sade into a theatre and get into the stand-up scene over there and I have a first draft of a novel that I'll be taking with me."


Sparrow will also perform his one-man comedy play, de Sade, at the Dark Room directly after his comedy show with Jeffrey. De Sade is inspired by a moment of boredom while sitting in a university lecture and secretly going on a "Wikipedia jaunt".

"I discovered Marquis de Sade, a French aristocrat, philosopher and pornographer and ended up doing hours of research."

Sparrow's fact-finding turned out to be "quite a bit funnier than I thought it would be". It became a solo play that he took to the New Zealand Fringe, to Wellington's Bats Theatre and will continue after the Dark Room performance on a South Island tour.

Pro Comedy Tour will be at the Dark Room on Saturday at 7pm, followed by de Sade at 9.30pm.

Manawatu Standard