Duo head for the heartland

Steve Wrigley and Ben Hurley are coming to New Plymouth
Steve Wrigley and Ben Hurley are coming to New Plymouth

It'll be just like It's in the Bag, but with less sexual innuendo and less swearing, says comedian Ben Hurley.

He's talking about his and fellow comedian Steve Wrigley's up and coming television show Ben & Steve: World Famous In . . .

They plan to stop at New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Hamilton and Dunedin in an attempt to take comedy to the regions that are often left out.

"I'm sick of everything being about Auckland all the time," Hurley said. "The idea is to find out what makes these places unique and why they're world famous. It's filmed live and it's bringing comedy to the bits of New Zealand where stuff like that rarely gets filmed."

New Plymouth's TSB Showplace is first to host the duo.

The show will also include appearances from Dai Henwood and Vaughan King, as well as a special, non-comedian celebrity guest.

A local identity will also take the stage and be grilled by the funny men.

Hurley, who grew up in Hawera and attended Hawera High School, said the show included a Local Legends segment where they would come to town a few days before the show and film a yet-to-be-revealed Taranaki legend.

Video clips from the day will be shown on the night.

He said there were plenty of characters in Taranaki who he couldn't wait to showcase to the nation.

"I've done heaps of shows over the years but this is the biggest one I've ever done and it's cool to be able to go back to the place you grew up and do a massive show like this.

"We're not going anywhere to take the piss, it's definitely a positive thing and the whole thing is to find out why these places are world famous."

Hurley said it would be very much a homecoming for him, and he hoped everyone turned up to see them.

"I think Taranaki's got that thing where there's quite a lot of pride.

"So getting behind me is one thing, but the show's all about them, so come and see what all the fuss is about.

"And it's gonna be on telly, so you never know, you might see your own mug."

Hurley and Wrigley first introduced the show's concept at last year's New Zealand Comedy Festival in Auckland.

Its potential was picked up on by TV3 which offered the good friends a television show.

Hurley said it was an exciting opportunity and would be a good night out for the folk in Taranaki. "I think it's a pretty cool thing for the Naki to have a TV show filmed in the TSB Showplace.

"I hope everyone comes out to fill the place up.

"Because let's face it, we don't want to show empty seats."


Ben & Steve: World Famous In

TSB Showplace March 2

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