Guy Montgomery

Last year, Guy Montgomery’s show was the best thing we saw all festival, which is why it came as no surprise that he won the coveted Billy T Award. Since then he’s been popping up all over the place, mainly in our ears thanks to his hilarious podcast with Tim Batt, The Worst Idea of All Time, and on various TV shows. He’s back at the Comedy Fest this year with a new show called Guy Montcomedy. We loved it, you will too. Get some tickets while you still can.

I’m a Libra but I’m also an aspiring Taurus.

My day usually begins with ten minutes lying in bed weighing up the merits of going for a run versus going back to sleep. It ends with a pledge to myself that no matter the weather, I’ll spring out of bed and go for a run first thing.

Name your three favourite places in Auckland to eat, drink and play
EAT: Orphans Kitchen in Ponsonby.
PLAY: The Basement Theatre where I get to do the improv show Snort with my friends every Friday night. It is the most socially acceptable way of playing make believe we’ve found so far.

Tell us something we’d be surprised to know about you
I don’t drink soft drink because when I was younger I thought it felt like the bubbles were stabbing my tongue.

Pick a book and a park you’d like to read it in, anywhere in the world.
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis in Hampstead Heath, London. I have started it twice but keep losing the book. It is very funny. (The book, not my inability to keep track of it).

Tell us three ways that your life has changed since winning the 2014 Billy T Award
1) I immediately spent the prize money on a ticket to Europe so I could check out the Edinburgh Fringe which was amazing. Very eye-opening, the scale of that thing is insane and I am glad for the reconnaissance trip. I’m planning to take a show over this year with the angel sent from on high known as Rose Matafeo.
2) I walk around the house in my yellow towel sometimes. My flatmates don’t really find me funny so I feel a certain sense of immunity when I wear the towel around them.
3) Lots of hand shaking. Pretty much everyone in New Zealand wants to shake my hand now which is as exciting as it is unhygienic.

What else have you been up to in the past year?
I spent a lot of it with Tim Batt watching Grown Ups 2 for our podcast the Worst Idea of All Time. I have been lucky enough to get on the television a few times which is always gratifying and a huge economic boost as a New Zealand comic. Joseph Moore and I host a show called Fail Army on TV3 which is going to a pretty weird place and I’m enjoying making that. I’m in Melbourne right now for the comedy festival here with Rose Matafeo. I also met a foxy lady who has taken me on as a boyfriend which is awesome. It has been a good year!

Tell us a little bit about your new show Guy Montcomedy…
It is still in the laboratory as I write this. It will be similar to last year’s show in that there isn’t necessarily a unifying theme. Just an hour of inane chatter with the audience really. Should be a good time. I anthropomorphise a cow for quite a while, that’s something to look forward to.

What three acts are you looking forward to seeing at the 2015 Comedy Festival?
Paul Douglas – The Bullshit Has Hit the Fan. Paul is a super funny guy who is right on the cusp of exploding.
The Billy T Nominees – I’m friends with all five of them so it wouldn’t be fair to single any of them out I’m pretty sure their all sitting on an hour worth of dynamite.
Anything at the Montecristo – I am helping produce an independent venue for the duration of the festival underneath Toto’s Pizza on Nelson St. We have a bunch of traditional stand up shows and then also some of, what will hopefully be, the weirdest shit in the festival. AND PIZZA.

If everyone in the world had a theme song that played when they walked into a room, what would yours be and why?
This is one of my favourite questions and the answer changes every day. Right now it would be Jam by A Tribe Called Quest because it FEELS SO GOOD.

Guy’s show Guy Montcomedy is a wonder, you should get along and see it before it ends for good! GET TICKETS HERE.