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Markus Birdman - Love, Life & Death


Mon 13 May 2013, 7:15pm–8:15pm
Tue 14 May 2013, 7:15pm–8:15pm
Wed 15 May 2013, 7:15pm–8:15pm
Thu 16 May 2013, 7:15pm–8:15pm
Fri 17 May 2013, 7:15pm–8:15pm
Sat 18 May 2013, 7:15pm–8:15pm

Where: The Classic Comedy Club, 321 Queen St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Full: $28.00
  • Group concession: $24.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Live in the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival.

Woke up one morning. Had a stroke. If Markus Birdman were a Blues singer, he’d get a song out of having his body turn against him at the shockingly young age of 40. As he’s a comedian, he’s forged the experience into a show.

Death is still a very taboo subject. We just don’t want to talk about it. We all know it exists. We all realise that, someday we’ll have to go there, but we’re certainly in no rush. It’s like Disneyland in that respect, only with fewer balloons.

Death, Hamlet said, is the "undiscovered country, from whose bourn no traveler returns". And that’s what scares us. Because who knows what DEATH actually is?

Well Markus does, at least, a little. At the age of forty, I he had a stroke. Nothing will make you assess your life more keenly than the prospect of you imminently losing it! Eight months of heart recordings, blood tests, brain scans, swallowing cameras, and being injected with yellow radioactive stuff will do that. And what was that yellow stuff? Contrast fluid for angiography, apparently, not just something to amuse medics.

"By the close of this hugely enjoyable, sharply structured hour I was feeling glad to be here - vowing to grab life by the balls and determined to live long enough to see Birdman again next year." - The Scotsman

Markus Birdman is one of the leading comics on the UK and international live circuit. He regularly headlines the world famous Comedy Store and has performed sell out solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Adelaide Fringe, and the Melbourne Comedy Festival. He has delighted audiences from China to Mumbai, from Singapore to Sweden (in fairness he died on his backside in Germany). He has appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio Wales and on BBC and ITV television shows in the UK as well as regular appearances on Paramount TV’s Comedy Central and Live at the Comedy Store. He has filmed comedy specials for Scandinavian TV (Kanal 5), and another in Holland (Vara TV)

"Birdman is the all-round package; witty, controversial, hip, topical and silly. A master of timing and physical comedy, he made me laugh so hard it hurt" - BBC.

As well as performing his own solo show, Birdman will appear in a number of showcase and the 5 Star Comedy Tour during the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival.

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