Dan Bain: Anxiety Knife

Dan Bain: Anxiety Knife
Noosed Octopus: Theatre etc (Ōtautahi Christchurch)

Over the course of the pandemic Dan Bain went from being one of Ōtautahi Christchurch’s most prestigious and respected arts leaders to being a call-centre operator, unable to leave the house without his ‘anxiety knife’. This is an hour of standup mostly about that. Hubris. Failure. Knives.

Dan Bain has been a theatre director, playwright, improvisor, street performer, actor, motivational speaker and jelly wrestler since graduating from clown school in 2001. Mostly though he’s good at being funny – he literally wrote the book on improvised comedy. He co-created cult improv sensations Perfuct Storm and Improv Seduction and is the creator of the bafflingly popular sleep-aid podcast Dan Bain’s Sleepy Time Mumbles. His stand-up comedy reflects his unique perspective and cheerful vulgarity, all filtered through his desperate attempts to appear clever. A permanent, persistent, peculiar fixture in the landscape of pro-comedy in Ōtautahi, he does not quit.

You will enjoy yourself, or he’ll die trying.

Noosed Octopus has been producing independent theatre, comedy, and digital content since 2002.

Winner – Best Comedian – Christchurch Comedy Awards, 2023

Winner – Best MC – Christchurch Comedy Awards, 2023
Winner – Best Joke – Christchurch Comedy Awards, 2023
Winner – Producer’s Choice – Christchurch Comedy Awards, 2022
Winner – Best Joke – Chch Comedy Awards, 2022

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Check out Dan on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

Wed 20 March at 7:30pm
Thurs 21 March at 7:30pm
Venue: Studio One
Rating: 18+

$16 +booking fee

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Studio One

114 Hardy Street (enter via Refinery ArtSpace)
Nelson, 7010 New Zealand