Calypso Nights
  • By Isla VT
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  • 11th Aug 2014
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  • ★★★★★

With the help of two turntables and a microphone, a flamboyant flamenco outfit, and maracas, DJ Juan Vesuvius (Barnie Duncan) will take you on a hilarious calypso-fuelled joy ride that will leave you ready to party. Using DJing creativity, puns and the most extensive, enthusiastic, and inventive maraca solo you will ever have seen in your life, Vesuvius guides the audience through an understanding of calypso music, with priceless results. Duncan’s characterisation of the Venezuelan Vesuvius is flawless; speaking in Spanish initially and then in English, he plays with the audience throughout, until every single person is part of this comical and crazy party.

Calypso Nights will no doubt shortly have a cult following at the Fringe and a reputation as one of the best ways to spend an evening: be sure not to miss out on this rambunctious party.

Vesuvius is ostentatious, endearing and extremely engaging to watch--there was, unquestionably, never a dull moment. Duncan’s excellent comic timing and creative entertainment mean that no joke falls flat and no moment is anything less than exceedingly enjoyable. ‘Laugh-a-minute’ would be an understatement.

Overflowing with fun, sexy dancing, and an appropriate sprinkling of Kate Bush, Calypso Nights keeps you constantly surprised and amused. In fact by the end of Vesuvius’ show my cheeks were aching from laughing so hard and I was dancing on stage with Vesuvius and the rest of the audience. Bizarre, sexy and very, very funny, this show will have you laughing out loud, grinning from ear to ear and literally dancing by the time the show reaches its climax.

This unique and highly creative show leaves audiences feeling uplifted and relishing every second of it. Calypso Nights will no doubt shortly have a cult following at the Fringe and a reputation as one of the best ways to spend an evening: be sure not to miss out on this rambunctious party. 

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The Blurb

Calypso Nights - an exploration of wonder. Venezuelan Calypso DJ Juan Vesuvius (aka Barnie Duncan) uses two turntables and a microphone, vinyl records, plus maracas (and a beautiful handmade shirt) to tell a musical tale. He makes amusing remarks and punchlines simultaneously. Covering the history of Calypso, Soca, Kim Jong Un, beauty pageants and cunnilingus. 'One of the most jaw-achingly good musical-comedy shows New Zealand has ever seen' (New Zealand Herald). Nominated for Best Newcomer, New Zealand Comedy Festival 2013. Genius funny clown education party dance. Do you like this?