Ego, Dai Henwood, Ben Hurley, Jeremy Elwood, Justine Smith and Josh Thomson will hit the road this month for this year’s 7 Days Live tour, bringing fans a dose of comedy which follows all that is popular, embarrassing and shocking in the news. To find out more, Southland Express reporter HAYDEN WILLIAMS asked Jeremy Elwood a few questions.
Q: This is the fifth year running for 7 Days Live. Are the live shows still as popular?
A: Yeah, it seems to go from strength to strength, I think our audiences build year on year, we’re playing bigger venues. From all accounts it’s selling really well.
Q: What are some of your best tour experiences?
A: The tour’s great, it’s a really good way for us to end the year. Normally at this time of year as comedians you’re doing a lot of Christmas functions and you’re there by yourself, so just being on the road with the whole group of us has been great. We’ve had some fantastic meals out together and as a general rule the shows have been terrific. I think playing the Christchurch Horncastle Arena last year for the first time and selling that out, it actually feels like you’re doing a stadium concert – that was pretty special.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about the show?
A: It’s that group dynamic. It’s what’s so much fun about the TV show as well as the live shows. It feels less like work and more like hanging out with six of your mates for an evening throwing jokes around in a pub or something. That’s the feeling we have on stage with it, and to do that night after night is great fun.
Q: Are you looking forward to hitting the road for 7 Days Live?
A: Yeah, very much so. Like I say, the tour puts a full stop on the year for us and we know that once we’re on the road we’ve got so many shows and we know that once it’s over that’s pretty much the end of the year for all of us, so we end the week before Christmas and that’s pretty much it.
Q: What makes 7 Days Live different from your TV slot?
A: The first half we all do a little bit of stand-up comedy, it’s kind of like a mini sort of comedy gala if you like. So that gives people a taste of where we all started. All of us came from stand-up before we did TV at all, and then the second half is very much like what you see on TV. The second half’s about an hour or so and obviously the fact that there’s no cameras involved means that there really are no rules about what we can do, so it can get pretty loose.
Q: Why do you enjoy participating in the live show?
A: It’s just that group, the fact that you’re there with six really talented people, and I also like the fact that the show will change every night. We’re not working from a script at all so something will come up that’s local to a particular place you’re in or relating to something that’s been happening on the tour, so you’re never quite sure where it’s going to go.
Q: What is your favourite segment in 7 Days Live and why?
A: It probably changes from night to night. I think the captions [Caption That] are an audience favourite and they get so quick-fire the jokes come hard and fast, so that one’s always a lot of fun to do.
Q: What or who was the funniest thing in the news this year, do you think?
A: Donald Trump’s the gift that keeps on giving in a way, although he’s very hard to keep up with in terms of writing comedy because as soon as you write a joke he’s done something even more outrageous a few minutes later. Obviously our election. I know people got frustrated with it, but I always quite enjoy watching Winston Peters in action. He’s a total pro and he certainly knows how to make a headline.
Q: What do you like best about visiting Invercargill?
A: I’ve actually got a couple of really good friends down in Invercargill. I was down that way for the last public show I did there in January at the Invercargill Brewery. I grew up in Dunedin, so in a way coming south is a bit of a blast from the past for me. I sort of know the area pretty well.
Q: Pick two comedians or entertainers (living or dead) you would love to have on your team for a night.
A: Well I have to say Michelle A’Court because I’m married to her, but that’s also true. And I’d love to have Bill Hicks [an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist and musician] on. He passed away in the mid-90s but I think his take on the news, in the world we’re living in at the moment, would be definitely worth hearing.
Event details: 7 Days Live, Civic Theatre, Invercargill. Thursday, December 7, 7.30pm. Book online at TicketDirect or at the Invercargill City Council booking office at 101 Esk St