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Querying Kiwi Comedy


Thu 25 May 2017, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: temanawa09

Dr Nicholas Holm, Lecturer in Media Studies at Massey University, presents a lecture examining how the Topp Twins use comedy as a means to unsettle ideas around gender, sexuality and what it means to be a New Zealander, by exploring iconic characters such as Ken and Ken or Camp Mother and Camp Leader

With their unique blend of country music, comedy and political activism, the Topp Twins are a striking example of the power of popular humour to influence the way we think about the world.

More than simply entertainment, the music and humour of the Twins has for decades challenged New Zealanders - particularly rural New Zealanders - to reflect on how they understood their country and culture.

Central to this reflection has been the Topp Twins’ presentation and performance of their queer identities: both as themselves and as a wide variety of characters they incorporate in their comic routines.

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