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The Secret Diary of the Donkey Kong Kid


Thu 21 May 2009, 10:00pm–11:00pm
Fri 22 May 2009, 10:00pm–11:00pm
Sat 23 May 2009, 10:00pm–11:00pm

Where: The Basement, Lower Greys Avenue, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $16.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Penny Ashton

Part of the NZ International Comedy Festival


"Today on Donkey Kong Suzie got 344 but after that game I came along and got 357! I went to ballet." Penny Ashton’s Diary 18.08.83, age 9 yrs.

“THE HISTORIC DAY CAME TO PASS…..I had sex. Whoopee huh. It’s really nothing at all amazing the first time. Kate said it’s a lot better after the first time is over and done with, I hope she’s right.” Penny Ashton’s Diary 07.11.92, age 18 yrs.

Top NZ and Comedy Fest personalities mainline their tortured childhoods through diaries, baby pics, crap poetry and teen angst. It’s puberty all over again…but thankfully this time there’s booze.

International Comedienne Penny Ashton hosts a revolving line-up of some of NZ’s best known celebrities and international guests including Te Radar, Janey Godley, Alison Mau, Lucy Schmidt (The Pretender), Justine Smith, Ben Cragg (Lead Singer of the Benka Borodovsky Bordello Band), Ali Ikram and Hip Hop Poet Tourettes, as they excavate their hope chests and spill in public those moments that made them the wonderful human beings they are today.

Come share in their experiences, which will no doubt mirror ours, as we all confront together the horrifying clothes, curfews, kisses, crises and quiffs that make up our charmed adolescence.

Penny Ashton is one of NZ’s most prolific comediennes having performed 200 solo shows in the last 2 years alone in NZ, Australia, Canada and the UK. She is the creator of Poetry Idol, the smash hit of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, is a social commentator on Radio New Zealand National and Breakfast TV and has represented NZ in both Improv and Performance Poetry in Germany and the UK. In 2009 Penny is touring her sell-out show Hot Pink Bits from Hamilton to Gore and sifting through years of angst written journals and the odd Garfield Sticker Collection.

“Ashton is irresistibly charismatic, her humour is infectious and her razor sharp wit incisive and exceedingly saucy.” Adelaide Independent Weekly

LINE-UP by date so far:

Thurs 21st
Te Radar
Janey Godley

Fri 22nd
Justine Smith
Lucy Schmidt
Stayci Taylor

Sat 23rd
Alison Mau
Ali Ikram

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