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Brothers in Palms

Brothers in Palms

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  • Wed 6 Mar ’13, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Thu 7 Mar ’13, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Fri 8 Mar ’13, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Sat 9 Mar ’13, 7:00pm – 8:00pm


The Classic Comedy Club, 321 Queen St, Auckland CBD



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  • General Admission: $15.00

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Auckland Fringe

In 2012 Tevita Manukia, the only Tongan professional comedian in New Zealand, was seeking a Samoan comedian to share a show for which he had already written a very clever title. The closest thing he could get was John Carr, an aging Palangi street rapper seeking alternative funding sources. Brothers in Palms is the show that resulted after a chance meeting between these two men at a late night krumpfest in Otahuhu.

Tevita and John are both popular solo performers on the local stand-up comedy scene. They have shared the same stage many times in “line-up” shows but Brothers in Palms is their first collaboration.

Tevita is the only Tongan Comedian working on the pro-circuit today. The anecdotes that spring from his half Tongan, half Irish perspective on contemporary life on the North Shore have entertained live audiences around New Zealand and also on TV3’s popular AotearoHa shows. He was voted Most Improved Comedian (2010, 2011) by the NZ Comedy Guild. His unique Tongan and Irish

John Carr is a latecomer to stand-up comedy but has quickly become an audience favourite at The Classic Comedy Bar, where he performs most often. He is also well known in New Zealand performance poetry circles where he won the "Poetry Idol" title at the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival in 2009, and the Poetry Slam at Going West Books and Writers Festival in 2010.

Although John and Tevita have chosen the 2012 Auckland Fringe Festival to host the short premiere season of the show, both men have threatened to do repeat seasons at other venues until audiences start to take them seriously.

"Tevita Manukia does well with the graveyard shift at the conclusion of the show. He manages to keep it fresh, and keep us laughing, long after many shows would have died and begged to be put to bed." - Adey Ramsel, Theatreview

“Carr, who has a hugely impressive old white rapper routine, is brilliantly funny.” -Tracey Cooper, Waikato Times

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