Domestic violence isn’t funny. Hopefully these comedians are
Last week, we gave away a pass t0 Raybon Kan’s comedy show as a favour to a friend. On hearing about what his show contained, I am so very sorry we did. Jokes about Chris Brown beating his girlfriend? Not okay. Here are some handy New Zealand statistics from Women’s Refuge
- One in three women experience psychological or physical abuse from their partners in their lifetime
- On average 14 women, six men and 10 children are killed by a member of their family every year
- Police are called to around 200 domestic violence situations a day – that’s one every seven minutes on average.
- Police estimate only 18% of domestic violence incidents are reported.
We have a problem in this country, and thinking that just because someone is famous it’s okay to laugh about them doesn’t help.
But laughter in general is still a good thing! So we took to Twitter asking for comedy shows we’d be happy to promote. Here’s the Wellingtonista’s guide to comedy without the domestic abuse:
- The Ruminator recommends Jarrod Baker’s Songs for My Infant Daughter, which are probably inappropriate for children, but promise to make laughs come out of your face-hole.
- Hadley Donaldson offers up The Cool Dudes Present Good Times With Cool Dudes 2 : 2 Dudes 2 Cool 4 U and adds “No horrible hateful stuff or your money back”. No matter what Jarrod says, it won’t be 55 sweet minutes of men’s rights activism.
- Adam Wright says he really sticks it to dehumidifiers, but no jokes about violence of any kind. His show Gloriously Average opens tonight.
- Brad Zimmerman’s show Skydiving With My Mum contains zero domestic violence. It does, however, mention skydiving… and mums.
- Joseph Moore will be telling Dope As Jokes at the Fringe Bar.
- Thrills & Swoons offer up romance novel-based improv. “None of that [domestic violence] crap here, just melodrama and love. At
@BATS_Theatre this week”.
We’d love to hear from some women as well – feel free to promote your own shows in the comments.