Dead Dads Club

A Comedy about Grief?

A note from Sarah:
This show has been a long time coming. Dead Dads Club started life on stage as a 7-minute set piece that I rammed in between jokes about yoga and cats.

When I received a Creative Comedy Project Grant to turn the Dead Dads Club into a full-length show, I was very disappointed.

I had been looking for an excuse to retire the material, so I told myself if I didn’t get the grant, it was a sign from the Gods that it was time to put this material to rest.  But the Gods (AKA the NZ Comedy Trust) had other plans, and so after months of hard work, some really dodgy open mics and two thousand rewrites, Dead Dads Club is now fit for human consumption.

As a comedian, I have never worked with a director before and I feel incredibly #blessed to have worked with Emma. She has both pushed and supported me, and she’s helped me transform my disjointed ideas into the show you are about to see this evening.

My intention for this show is to connect, rather than alienate.

Grief is a messy business, but it’s easier if we do it together.

This show is dedicated to club members everywhere.

‘Like anger, humour springs from disappointment, but it’s disappointment optimally channelled.  It’s one of the best things we can do with our sadness.’Alain de Botton, Religion for Atheists

Director’s Note:
Full disclosure: my dad isn’t dead. But he went out for a pack of fags when I was 9 and was a missing person for 40 years, so when I heard about Dead Dads Club I applied for provisional membership. And then the old bugger suddenly showed up again last year, and I had to hand my badge back. Stink.

Despite this, Sarah asked me to direct her show and it’s been a blast.

My role in Dead Dads Club has been less director, more giggler. And I should print a sign that reads “No, that’s not too far. Go for it.” Or “If they’ve bought tickets to a show called “Dead Dads Club” then they can take it, ok?” Or the simpler classic “Fuck ‘em if they can’t take a joke.”

This show deserves to go international. It’s universal, right? Even if your dad is still alive, there is stuff in here you need to know because dads die all the time, all over the world. I must ring mine and check.

– Emma

Dead Dads Club Media Coverage and Links

Review on Theatreview by Michael Gilchrist

Interview with Jesse Mulligan on Radio NZ

Interview with The Spinoff

Link to NZ International Comedy Festival Listing

Link to The Dark Room (Palmerston North) Listing