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Tue 6 May 2008–Sat 10 May 2008, 8:45pm

Where: SKYCITY Theatre, Cnr Victoria and Federal Sts, CBD, Auckland

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $34.90
  • Concession: $29.90
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Elephant Publicity

After a third season in New York, and fresh from a tour of Holland, “Australia’s hottest export since Vegemite” (Time Out NY) return to the New Zealand Comedy Festival with their newest show; so new that it’s a rehearsal. Or is it?

“...Two blokes acting the maggot and having a lot of fun in the process...wildly imaginative in conception and suitably breathless in execution...comedy gold” – Irish Independent.

The Umbilical Brothers, David and Shane, met almost 20 years ago in acting school. Their journey began during their graduation year when they began performing at comedy venues with a view to “supplementing their acting careers”. After winning a major Sydney stand-up competition in 1990, they went on to create their own unique shows, touring them internationally and have been doing so ever since.

Having won the Australia Entertainment Industry’ MO award six times, a B.A.F.T.A Award, a Promax Award, being named as two of the ‘100 Most Creative People in Entertainment’ (Entertainment Weekly, 1999), and being nominated for an ARIA (Australia’s equivalent to the Grammy’s), there is no creative limit to The Umbilical Brothers.

Every Umbilical experience is like nothing you’ve seen before, and this acclaimed show is no exception. Visit Velcro World, see wind-tossing monkeys, relax with Shane, meet Dave's alter ego, and enjoy a finale that Chortle (UK) described as "one of the funniest things I have ever seen on a comedy stage". You’ll even get to see what the Queen herself had a chuckle at during the Royal Variety Performance.

“Some of the most cleverly articulated comic theatre you’ll ever see...” – Sun Herald.

Combining creatively misused multi-media, audience participation, suspicious furry glove puppets and tangents that shouldn't be taken, The Umbilical Brothers will take you inside their creative process and not let you out.

Regardless of what Chortle (UK) said, (“there is no obvious way to improve on this truly, truly extraordinary show”) every rehearsal brings you one step closer to perfection.

Come and join in on the process.

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