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Jon Bennett: How I Learned to Hug


Thu 8 Nov 2018, 7:00pm–8:00pm

Where: The Common Room, 227 Heretaunga St East, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $22.50 ($20.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Bennett Double Bill: $16.00 ($15.00 + $1.00 fees)
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Not a love story but a story of love, loss, sex and hugging told to a lady lookalike of Jay-Z whilst detained as a suspected terrorist in the Montreal Airport... a true story.

"Storytelling genius … How I Learned to Hug is cathartic, better than therapy, and cheaper. (Oh, and you get to drink) ★★★★★" - Edmonton Journal

Multi award-winning Australian comedian and storyteller Jon Bennett (Pretending Things are a Cock, Fire in the Meth Lab) can’t stay away from Hastings no matter what he says to customs. He is back after a sell-out shows at Fringe in the 'Stings with his most close-to-the-heart comedy yet.

“Bennett sure knows how to weave a yarn.” – Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Why does Jon have pepper spray in his bag? Why does the poem he wrote to Alana Catford in year 3 not rhyme? Why did he buy a house with Boring Kelly if he didn’t really love her? What is love? Baby, don’t hurt me. Seriously, what is that pepper spray for? Don’t hurt me.

Bennett bares his soul and some of his best jokes in this hour of sharp, silly and perfectly-timed anecdotes about the women he has doted on and those who have doted on him. A show for anyone who has ever felt love or nervous in the airport security line.

“He brings depth to the dumb stuff and levity to the heavy stuff, and is totally unafraid of revealing the most brutally personal details of his life story. ★★★★“ - SBS Television (Melbourne)

You can also play the Jason Donovan Board game with Jon at 9pm. Tickets for a Bennett double bill are just $30 ($15 each)

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