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BEST MALE COMEDIAN, BEST MC, MOST INSPIRING PERFORMER, BEST FESTIVAL
SHOW 2002 NZ Comedy Guild Awards, BEST MC, 2001 NZ Comedy Guild
Awards Jeremy Elwood was born in Canada, raised in the UK and has been
resident in New Zealand for ten years. In that time he has firmly established
himself as one of the rising stars of the New Zealand Stand up comedy
He has toured the country twice as a member of the 4-man comedy show, The Brat Pack, which in 2001 presented the most successful season of any New Zealand stand up act at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at that time. Jeremys second solo show, Come to Edinburgh They Said..., based on these experiences, played nationally during October 2001. Outside of Jeremys comedy career, he has hosted The Bits In Between with Jeremy Elwood, an eight part series for TV3, and his first play Remorse received a public reading as part of the Silo Theatre New Works Programme, under the direction of David Geary.
2002, he toured "If You Want Me, I'll be in The Bar" , written
and performed with Michele A'Court to the Wellington Fringe, Auckland
LAUGH! Festival and a season at Dunedin's Fortune Theatre. This show
was acclaimed as "The Best Show in NZ's LAUGH! Festival" by
BBC Radio in the U.K., and won "Best Festival Show" at the
2002 NZ Comedy Guild Awards.
Internationally, Jeremy has featured at comedy clubs in Canada, Australia and Scotland, including appearances at the Becks Glasgow Comedy Festival (supporting Phil Kay), Melbournes Crown Casino, the legendary Prince Patrick Hotel, Torontos Yuk Yuks Superclub, and a showcase appearance at Comedyworks in Montreal. In 2000 he toured East Timor, performing for United Nations peacekeepers stationed in the region. Within New Zealand he has appeared on three televised series of Pulp Comedy, and acted as musical director and songwriter for At Least Ya Havin A Go a sketch comedy pilot for TVNZ. He also books and administers highly successful comedy nights around Auckland. Most recently he has toured with John Rowles (yes, that John Rowles) and in October 2003 was an international guest acts at the Palandri Comedy Festival, Western Australia.
Whether performing for pub crowds, comedy club audiences, corporate clients or packed theatres, Jeremys stage presence cannot be ignored. He also works extensively as a musician, actor and director, building up an astonishing C .V. boasting theatrical work (Hamlet, Waiting for Godot, Much Ado About Nothing, Arcadia), Television credits (La Femme Nikita, Shortland Street, Traders, PSI Factor) and film work (Detroit Rock City, Road to Jerusalem).
Irreverent Genius - Critic Magazine, NZ
...rocked the room...inspired stuff. - nzoom.com, NZ
Has a fine voice and plays a mean guitar - Edinburgh Evening News, Scotland
Slick as hell, a true professional - Comedyworks, Montreal, Canada.
...excellent, mixing original and genuinely funny comedy with music. His popular music routine was a scream. - Palmerston North Times, NZ
...indefinable comedic magic... - nzoom.com, NZ
Jeremy Elwood stole the show...had us in stitches from the word go - NZDF Bugle, East Timor
"The humour of If You Want Me I'll be in the bar is modern, urbane, intelligent, inventive and irreverent reminiscent of the best television humour in the days before satire was turned into homogenised, disarmed filling for the gaps between commercials." Otago Daily Times
and damn funny" Otago Daily Times