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Barrel of Laughs

Barrel of Laughs

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  • Sat 6 Nov ’10, 7:30pm


Hawera & District War Memorial Community Hall, 111-115 Albion Street, Hawera Show map


All Ages Licensed

Fundraiser for Hawera Repertory Society supported by Weir Bros. Mayor Shadbolt and loyal sidekick Gary McCormick decide to lead the country back from recession depression.

“Now is the time for all good men – and women, to come to the aid of the Party!” So says Gary McCormick, founder of the Pull Yourself Together Party. “If ever there was a time when cool heads are needed to tell good jokes and keep things in perspective, this is that time.”

Mayor Tim Shadbolt, fresh from the success of his book, A Mayor of Two Cities, agrees. “History shows that in times of economic downturn, people look to drink more – which I cannot personally endorse… and seek out entertainment to distract them. Gary and I have decided to lead the charge, take to the lovely streets and lanes of this country, the pubs and clubs where people know each other and demonstrate that in the words of one of our great prophets, Fred Dagg: that “we don’t know how lucky we are!”

Gary McCormick and Mayor Tim are celebrating over 80 shows around New Zealand over the last three years. “We have always specialized in local community venues where you can go to and fro with the people in the audience.”

Gary McCormick has long been the spokesperson for the Kiwi Bloke, pointing out that you have a much better chance of survival in New Zealand if you are a giant snail, a giant squid or a great white shark than if you are a Kiwi male.

Mayor Tim agrees but is less ruffled about the odds. “Gary worries too much. I live on Bluff oysters and have a good relationship with other people. My car was clamped the other day but when the man who did it realized it was my car, he let me off. He said it would be like clamping his mother!"

Mayor Tim and Gary come from the tradition of comedy being a story-telling and user-friendly art form. “We’re a little over the full-on swearing thing which seems to be popular in comedy these days,” says McCormick. “We like comedy to be fun and about New Zealand.”

“A sense of humour is the key to everything, especially in these difficult economic times. That’s why we are on the road now!” says Mayor Tim.

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