Auckland just gets better and better. Yep, we have the Sky Tower, a vibrant food and bar scene and plenty of things to do in Auckland, but we reckon the best thing about our fair city is its people. Diverse and interesting, we thought it’s about time to start getting out and chatting to the people who take Auckland from being a good city to being a great one.
This week, we chat to stand up funny man Jeremy Elwood, who presents ‘Three Night Stand’ this weekend as part of the International Comedy Festival. Known for his quick wit and insightful commentary, you know you’ll come away thinking differently…only you’ll need to go to find out what about.
You’ve lived in many places, why settle in Auckland?
Originally it was for work, for what I do being with the bulk of the population is a necessity. These days, home and family are here, and also I really don’t think I could live anywhere smaller.
Tell us about your latest show:
It’s an hour of stand-up encompassing new ideas and some of my favourite bits from the past. I’m recording the Auckland shows for posterity, and so I’ll include a couple of “greatest hits” every night, just so I finally have a record of them.
Where do you get your comedy inspo from?
Day to day life. I’m like one of those American lawyers who runs up to car crashes with a business card, except I’m armed with a notebook and on the lookout for issues which with amuse or infuriate me.
What does a regular day look like?
I don’t have all that many! But when I do, it’s very dull I’m afraid; I may be a comedian, but I’m still self-employed, so there’s all the usual paperwork you get with any business.
What do you do for relaxation?
On a day-to-day basis, I watch TV or read, but my real relaxation comes when I travel. I try and get at least one international holiday in per year.
What’s the best thing about being a comedian?
When people leave a show feeling better than they did when they came in, and if you’ve made them think at the same time, that’s a huge bonus.
The hours can be tortuous, especially when you’re travelling.
We’ve all been there (some more than others) when a joke or story falls flat. What’s your best advice for getting this right?
Suck it up and move on. You can’t please everyone.
If you weren’t a comedian, what else would you be?
Unemployed? I don’t know, to be honest, this is pretty much all I’ve ever done, but maybe a travel agent.
Where was the last place you went to dinner and what did you have?
When visitors come to Auckland where’s the first place you take them?
Usually The Classic Comedy Club, as either them or I are likely to be working there.
If you’re out for drinks with friends, where do you love to go?
Stafford Road Wine Bar is pretty much my local. Fantastic spot, great service.
The next morning, where to for hangover food?
If I’m able to get to Federal Street Deli, great, but it’s more likely to be a local bakery for a sausage roll.
What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
I have an ever expanding collection of American sports memorabilia.
What’s next for you?
A trip to Italy in June, one of those holidays I mentioned earlier.
What: Three Night Stand
When: May 12th, 13th & 14th
Where: Loft at Q Theatre
Tickets: Buy them here
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