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Come and escape from the madness of the silly season and enjoy some Christmas cheer at the Backyard in Northcote.
Headliner: TJ McDonald - 7 days
MC: Clayton Carrick-Leslie - AotearoHA
Tom Furniss - 2012, '13 Billy T Nominee
Stephen Witt - 2012 RAW Comedy finalist
TJ Mc Donald:
TJ McDonald is a regular performer and MC at The Classic, as well as a television writer.
He has been performing standup comedy for eight years and has made become known for his thought provoking, fiercely intellectual comedy.
His 2012 NZ International Comedy Festival show 'My Life Has Been A Series Of Poorly Made Decisions' received rave reviews during it's opening season in Wellington and is nominated for this year's Billy T Award. Winner - 2010 Spirit of the Festival award.
"In his relaxed, casual, self-effacing yet quietly confident way, TJ McDonald delivers." - Theatreview
"This masterpiece of comedy is a brilliant piece of coming-of-age comedic genius" - 24daysofgiggles.com
"A great show with something to offend everyone" - wellingtonreviews.co.nz
Clayton Carrick-Leslie arrived on the stand-up scene in 2006 and is fast becoming one of the country's most exciting emerging professional comedians.
collecting nominations for the prestigious Billy T Award and for "Best Show" at the 2010 New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards for his 2010 Comedy Festival one-man show "Bring It". Clayts' television air time ramped up in 2010 also, appearing alongside NZ comedy household names on TV3s "7 Days" & "AotearoHA", and TV2s "Great Christmas Comedy Gala."
Tom Furniss is a relative newbie on the comedy scene. He went from being Highly Commended at the 2010 Raw Comedy Quest, to having a sell-out show at the 2011 New Zealand Comedy Festival. The show, Cold Duck and a Tamagotchi, performed with fellow comedian John Carr, earned the pair nominations for best newcomer and best marketing.
Outside of the stage, he is also a burgeoning filmmaker; with his film The Child Jumpers being this years National Winner of the V48hours film competition. He also won best actor for his performance in the film at the Auckland finals. Like with his comedy, it is Toms wild imagination and penchant for the absurd that has seen him stand out as a highly original writer and performer.
As part of a growing alternative comedy scene, he is a regular performer on shows such as Fanfiction and Friday Night Guilt Club, as well as having a regular spot on TVNZs ULive.
Stephen Witt faces the commonplace, day to day happenings with a sideways perspective that will leave you wondering when to laugh. This average, everyday, run of the mill, square, Aucklander wet's the appetite of those who crave something fresh and original. He is a new face on the comedy scene and became a finalist in this years Raw Comedy Quest.
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