Comedy a firm favourite

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THE words, “show”, “sold out” and “Invercargill” do not usually appear in the same sentence, but when it comes to comedy, Southland audiences are coming to the party with the latest House Series Comedy Night selling out two shows in Invercargill.

Well known New Zealand comedian Paul Ego and Colorado-born country music singer/comedian Wilson Dixon take to the stage next Friday at the Invercargill Brewery for two shows, with 100 tickets sold for each performance.

House Series co-ordinator Jade Gillies said the Comedy Night ticket sales had been phenomenal so far and the comedy tours were building a strong following.

“Once people have been to one, they enjoy it so they keep coming back and having well known performers with their own fan base also helps ticket sales,” Gillies said.

“People love Paul’s hilarious observations of everyday life, which make him a crowd favourite, while Wilson’s wry country music comedy is perfectly suited for our audiences.”

Gillies set up the House Series last year as a platform for hosting Arts on Tour NZ shows. Following the success of comedian Michele A’Court’s show in Invercargill last year, he spoke with her tour co-ordinator Jeremy Elwood about bringing more comedy acts to the south.

“Jeremy was really keen to bring more comedians down this way and I wanted more success like that show, so he’s my contact for bringing these acts down.”

Gillies said he wanted to branch out with the Comedy Night series so it was not so “Invercargill-centric” and this tour included shows in Queenstown, Wanaka, Dunedin and Gore.

Ticket sales for all venues were going strong with Gillies expecting more full houses.

Following the sold-out show at Gore’s Little Theatre, the decision was made to move to the 400-person capacity St James Theatre, where he encouraged those who had missed out on the Invercargill show to attend.

Last month the House Series hosted The Rocky Horror Picture Show, another sell-out success, which featured the film on the big screen with lyrics to sing along to.

“Half the crowd showed up dressed in theme – it was a great night.”

Tickets for the Gore show are available from www.thehouseseries.co.nz

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