Interview: Dan, Tui and Roman on Class Comedians 2017

Over the past month I have been doing the Class Comedians workshop run by the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, taught by Wellington comedian Eamonn Marra. The workshop has been an incredible experience and I have learnt so much and met so many amazing people. The showcase is NEXT WEEKEND which is very very exciting and slightly nerve-wracking. There are eight of us in the showcase and I am constantly amazed at how genuinely great these people are. Over the next week I will be posting interviews with the other amazing people that are in the showcase and that have been doing this workshop with me. Today it’s Dan Harward Jones, Tui Christie and Roman Ratcliff.

Buy tickets to the Wellington Class Comedians workshop to see myself and these talented people do comedy here: https://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/find-a-show/class-comedians-showcase-2/

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Dan Harward Jones

Who are you and why did you decide to do Class Comedians?

My name is Dan Harward Jones, I am 15 years old and I go to Onslow College in Khandallah, Wellington. I am doing Class Comedians because it’s a great opportunity to meet interesting people, comedians of the present and future, and to improve my confidence and public speaking skills.

What would you tell someone wanting to do Class Comedians next year?

I would tell aspiring Class Comedians to have confidence in their sense of humour, no matter how unusual it seems. Even if you don’t make everyone laugh but you want to be able to, as long as you know what makes you laugh, you’ve got something great to share and build upon.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt from doing Class Comedians?

The most important thing I’ve learned from Class Comedians is that anyone can be funny and interesting. I thought my life isn’t very exciting (and I still sort of do) but it’s always the things right in front of your face; your passions, friends, family, that can always be comedic.

What are you most excited about performing at the showcase and why should people come?

Performing at the showcase excites me because it’ll be the day where all of our hard work comes together into something really special. There’s going to be a lot of energy, and a fun experience for the performers and audience. People should come to the showcase because it’ll be a fun way to finish off the Comedy Festival, having seen the best New Zealand and the world has to offer, and seeing the offerings of the future as well. I’m confident that the showcase will be hilarious, with a wide variety of comedy styles all written and performed to perfection.

Tui Christie

Who are you and why did you decide to do Class Comedians?

Name: Tui. Age: 16 years old. School: Onslow college, Johnsonville. Weapon of choice: two really sick swords. Favourite colour: transparent. I did class comedians because the opportunity thrust itself upon me, and I went with it.

What would you tell someone wanting to do Class Comedians next year?

Never be afraid. In general. Fear breeds pestilence. The cowardly among us are a plague upon society, and must be culled. Stay fearless, kids.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt doing Class Comedians?

You’re not as funny as you think you are.

What are you most excited about performing at the showcase and why should people come?

“If this is to end in fire, then we shall all burn together”  -Thorin Oakenshield. Also we’re all really handsome.

Roman Ratcliff

Who are you and why did you decide to do Class Comedians?

My name is Roman Ratcliff, I’m 16 and I go to Wellington college. I chose to do Class comedians because I always thought I was funny in my own sort I way, I used comedy to make people laugh to get me through my own dark times and as cliche as it sounds I wanted to show the personified version of comedy how thankful I was of it.

What would you tell someone wanting to do Class Comedians next year?

Do that shit!, Do it because even if you aren’t so sure of yourself you will developed some great comedic abilities, make great new friends and become more confident.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt doing Class Comedians?

How nice it is to be around people who love something as much as you do. I would have to say learning the techniques of comedy and writing comedy, it has really helped me as a potential performer.

What are you most excited about performing at the showcase and why should people come?

I am very excited about performing (a little nervous) but I just can’t wait to bathe in each others success on the stage, laughing at all each others jokes and hoping we make the audience laugh as well. You should come because if the new Russell Brand was performing wouldn’t you like to say years later I saw him when he was a kid. You’re getting 90 minutes of pure homegrown comedy straight from awkward teenage minds, if this doesn’t scream humour than you can always come to see Eamonn do his set.

You can buy tickets to the 2017 Wellington Class Comedians showcase here: https://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/find-a-show/class-comedians-showcase-2/

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