Chunks of real life fired from the lip


He stood up, he threw up, but he didn’t let it stop him.

That was the first time comedian Cori Gonzalez-Macuer took to the stage.

He doesn’t puke any more – but does get a tad nervous still.

Gonzalez-Macuer hits Vinyl Underground tonight for an evening of dry wit and humour.

He’s performed Queenstown a few times and reckons it’s one of his favourites. Folk are friendly and the audience usually laugh at his jokes, which is a plus.

His gags usually follow a standard blueprint but do vary depending on which town he is in.

He’s become a dad since his last tour so sleep deprivation and baby humour have slipped into the routine.

Wee Freddie is just 11 months old. Having a tiny human has altered his lifestyle – he’s now in bed most nights at 7pm. Very rock and roll.

“Life has most definitely changed.”

As part of the act he isn’t opposed to bursting into song. He puts it down to his secret ambition to be a pop star – although sometimes it is just to drown out the silence.

His comedy inspiration comes from everyday situations and the people he meets. Once he forms an idea, he comes up with raw material and practises on his partner. She doesn’t always laugh – a sure-fire sign it’ll be a hit on stage.

It is often hard to predict how an audience will react but usually he can tell if his jokes will go down well.
Gonzalez-Macuer doesn’t shy away from hot topics.

“I don’t think I am too offensive, I think it is more dark [humour] than offensive. I don’t do stuff just for the sake of it – there is usually a reason.”

He feels pretty lucky with his career choice. It’s much easier for comedians to make a living nowadays with more TV programmes on air like TV3’s current affairs satire show 7 Days.

Another bonus is that he can hang out with his daughter all day, as gigs are not nine to five.

One aspect he isn’t so keen on is when people expect him to be funny – all the time.

“People that know me know I am not the funny guy at the party.”

As a nation, he doesn’t think Kiwis take themselves too seriously when it comes to humour.

“We can take the piss out of ourselves; we can be self-deprecating at times and awkward.”

Cori Gonzalez-Macuer plays Vinyl Underground, tonight, 8pm. Tickets $20.