A man walks into a bar . . .

LAUGHTER IN THE DARK: Performer/writer Alexander Sparrow includes Trump among his various comic characters but when he hits the Evolution Theatre stage with Manawatu Comedy Hub’s top crack-up fellows on Saturday he will return to his stand-up roots. Picture supplied

Looking for A One Night Stand?

Well, get down to the Evolution Theatre on Saturday for an evening of stand-up comedy. A One Night Stand will feature members of the Manawatu Comedy Hub such as former Gisborne man Richard Dryden, and Alexander Sparrow who is best known for the solo shows DJ Trump, ENIGMA, de Sade, and A Collection of Noises.

“I do most of my stand-up with The Manawatu Comedy Hub,” says the Wellington writer/performer.

“In Manawatu and Palmerston North they have built the comedy scene up in the past few years and have grown exponentially since then. It’s a friendly, hard-working scene which means comics improve every time I see them. When performers work hard the audience reaps the benefits.”

Although he will return to his stand-up roots on Saturday, character comedy is Sparrow’s speciality.

“You get to hear more of a story than in traditional stand-up. As a character you get away with things you couldn’t get away with yourself.”

Getting away with something you wouldn’t usually get away with was one of the earliest experiences Sparrow had with stand-up. He was only 12-years-old when he went with his dad and sister to a basement venue and saw his first stand-up comedy act.

“He just amazed me. The idea of someone going on stage alone and getting laughs for an hour. At one point he ripped his shirt off and gave a lap dance to the biggest guy in the front row.

“I thought ‘how did he get away with that?’”

He was to find out in later years.

“I saw a poster that said ‘do you want to try stand-up’. I thought I’d do it once.”

Sparrow has since had several critically acclaimed performances around New Zealand. He has also written and performed in multiple solo and group shows in the New Zealand Fringe Festival and the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. The Dominion Post once described him as “animated and full of energy . . . strangely entertaining” while Regional News called his performance “comedic genius”.

  • A One Night Stand, Evolution Theatre Company (ETC), 75 Disraeli Street, Saturday, May 18, 7.30pm. Tickets are $25 online from ETC’s website or at the door.

Looking for A One Night Stand?

Well, get down to the Evolution Theatre on Saturday for an evening of stand-up comedy. A One Night Stand will feature members of the Manawatu Comedy Hub such as former Gisborne man Richard Dryden, and Alexander Sparrow who is best known for the solo shows DJ Trump, ENIGMA, de Sade, and A Collection of Noises.

“I do most of my stand-up with The Manawatu Comedy Hub,” says the Wellington writer/performer.

“In Manawatu and Palmerston North they have built the comedy scene up in the past few years and have grown exponentially since then. It’s a friendly, hard-working scene which means comics improve every time I see them. When performers work hard the audience reaps the benefits.”

Although he will return to his stand-up roots on Saturday, character comedy is Sparrow’s speciality.

“You get to hear more of a story than in traditional stand-up. As a character you get away with things you couldn’t get away with yourself.”

Getting away with something you wouldn’t usually get away with was one of the earliest experiences Sparrow had with stand-up. He was only 12-years-old when he went with his dad and sister to a basement venue and saw his first stand-up comedy act.

“He just amazed me. The idea of someone going on stage alone and getting laughs for an hour. At one point he ripped his shirt off and gave a lap dance to the biggest guy in the front row.

“I thought ‘how did he get away with that?’”

He was to find out in later years.

“I saw a poster that said ‘do you want to try stand-up’. I thought I’d do it once.”

Sparrow has since had several critically acclaimed performances around New Zealand. He has also written and performed in multiple solo and group shows in the New Zealand Fringe Festival and the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. The Dominion Post once described him as “animated and full of energy . . . strangely entertaining” while Regional News called his performance “comedic genius”.

  • A One Night Stand, Evolution Theatre Company (ETC), 75 Disraeli Street, Saturday, May 18, 7.30pm. Tickets are $25 online from ETC’s website or at the door.

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