Gig of the Week – When the gondola goes bad


Kiwi funnyman Brendhan Lovegrove says just thinking about performing in Queenstown is enough to make him break out in a cold sweat.

The award-winning comic insists he loves coming to the resort – but says a severe fear of flying gives him a dose of the jitters every time he’s booked to do a show here.

Lovegrove hits town on Sunday to host the Comedy Christmas Gala tour at the Memorial Hall.

He’s fronting a side-splitting roadshow featuring six top comedians from New Zealand, Ireland, the United States and the United Kingdom.

And he says he’s only relaxed about this particular gig because the team is staying on terra firma for
a change and driving down after an appearance in Christchurch.

“I’m pretty stoked at being asked to host the gala but I’m even more stoked that I won’t have to fly into Queenstown because I’ve had a few rough landings there,” Lovegrove says.

“I’ve not just got a massive fear of flying though, I can’t stand heights of any sort.

“During Winter Festival in Queenstown once I went to a party up at Skyline which meant I had to go
on the gondola and it was terrifying.

“At night time coming down I freaked out, froze then went into a little bubble on the floor of the thing.

“I was with Te Radar and he was telling me to get a grip on myself but it was the scariest thing I’ve ever done.
“If anything went wrong it’s a very long drop inside a washing machine and all I could think about was this was how I was going to die. It was not good.

“I was imagining myself smashing into Te Radar’s pathetic little body over and over again as we plunged down the mountainside. What a horrible way to go that would be.”

Lovegrove adds: “I’m never going on that bloody gondola again. Even if I’m booked to do a gig up there
I won’t do it. They’d need to strap me into a helicopter or something because even that would be better.”

The six wise men and women appearing at the Queenstown show with wise-cracking Lovegrove are Ben Hurley, Michele A’Court, Jeremy Elwood, Wilson Dixon, Jarlath Regan and Zoe Lyons.

“These people are good and it’s a lot of value for money,” Lovegrove says. “It’s going to be a lot of fun and a lot of different styles of comedy.”

Catch the Comedy Christmas Gala at the Memorial Hall on Sunday from 8pm